Ed Sullivan welcomed many guests who had a reputation for dazzling crowds over the years. «The Jackson 5» appeared on the show in 1969 with young Michael leading the band.
The song begins with Michael saying, «I want to tell you a story about a girl I met in school one day, during sandbox.» He’s wearing a big purple hat and matching purple vest.
The brothers stand behind him, and when Michael tells the details, they react in shock. Michael talks about meeting a girl and treating her wrong, and the girl ends up leaving him in art class.
Michael says, «I stepped up, and I said…» and then he breaks into the song «Who’s Lovin’ You.» The brothers vocally support him with two guitars, singing and rocking in unison.
Michael snaps and sways his body in front of a backdrop of line patterns featuring stripes of different colors. Michael finishes by yelling «Oh yeah,'» and his brothers respond as a group with «Oh yeah.» They take a bow at the same time and the crowd loves it.
Who’s Lovin’ You» is a Motown soul song written by the legendary Smokey Robinson. Many artists have recorded the song, including The Temptations, The Supremes, and Michael Bublé.
However, the «Jackson 5″ version is the most popular. The group signed with Motown Records in 1968 and scored four consecutive N 1 hits.»I Want You Back,» «ABC,» «The Love You Save» and «I’ll Be There» all topped the charts. The Jackson 5 wowed Ed Sullivan’s crowd in 1969, following their string of successful hits.