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Topic subjectOK, so why didn't Berry let the J5 write their own songs again?
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2523755, OK, so why didn't Berry let the J5 write their own songs again?
Posted by BootyGreen, Fri Mar-11-11 03:15 PM
M-D-L-T Willis
"What's Your Game" (1974)

"Runnin' and Pushing" (1974)

View of 45 label credits

Pic of Joe with the lovely ladies (makes me wonder how many of them he tried to make a pass at)

Another pic of the girls

This was a group managed by Papa Joe and signed to his short lived Ivory Tower label. Both sides of their only 45 were written and produced by the J5 (I've read on some forums that they are playing on the recordings as well). The songs are well arranged IMO and show that the Jackson kids were deserving of a chance to contribute to their own recordings as producers and songwriters.

Off topic, there's a story in Bob Jones book The Man Behind The Mask about an incident where one of the girls was set up by Joe and the boys to seduce Michael (link: http://books.google.com/books?id=8j4ILUllObsC&pg=PA16&lpg=PA16&ots=zL8AjRpET_&dq=M-D-L-T+Willis#v=onepage&q=M-D-L-T%20Willis&f=false). Not sure if I believe it, but found it interesting nevertheless.

What are your thoughts on these songs?

"I whipped him with a switch and a belt. I never beat him. You beat someone with a stick." - Joe Jackson