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Got to Be There (song)

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Got to Be There (song)

"Got to Be There"
Single by Michael Jackson
from the album Got to Be There
B-side "Maria (You Were The Only One)"
Released October 7, 1971 (1971-10-07)
Format 7" single
Recorded June – July 1971
Genre Pop
Length 3:22
Label Motown Records
Writer(s) Elliot Willensky
Producer(s) Hal Davis
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"Got to Be There"
"Rockin' Robin"
Got to Be There track listing
"In Our Small Way"
"Got to Be There"
"Rockin' Robin"

"Got to Be There" is the debut single written by Elliot Willensky for American recording artist Michael Jackson, whose original version was released as his first solo single in 1971 on Motown Records. The song was produced by Hal Davis and recorded at Motown's Hitsville West studios in Hollywood.

The single became an immediate success, reaching number one on Cashbox's pop and R&B singles charts, while reaching number four on Billboard's pop and R&B singles charts.[1] Released to select European countries, it also found success, reaching number five in the UK.[2] The song was composed as a pop ballad with soul and soft rock elements. The song was musically arranged by Dave Blumberg while Willie Hutch produced its vocal arrangements.

Fellow Motown recording act Boyz II Men covered it for their 2007 release, Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA.


  • Track listing 1
  • Charts 2
  • Personnel 3
  • References 4

Track listing

  • A. "Got to Be There" - 3:23
  • B. "Maria (You Were The Only One)" - 3:41


Chart (1971) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4[1]
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 4[1]
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 14[1]
UK Singles Chart 5[2]
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 83


  • Written and composed by Elliot Willensky
  • Produced by Hal Davis
  • Lead vocals by Michael Jackson
  • Arrangement by Dave Blumberg
  • Vocal arrangement by Willie Hutch


  1. ^ a b c d Singles"Billboard".  
  2. ^ a b "UK charts archive". Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
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