Ben Album
Released in August 1972 the album "Ben" was Michael's second solo album as a young artist for Motown. It was released just 7 months after his first album "Got To Be There". A Jackson 5 album "Lookin' Through the Windows" had also been released in the May.

Only one single was released from the album, the title track "Ben" which sold over 1 million copies and was the theme tune to a movie called "Ben", which was about a young boy and his pet rat.

No other tracks were released but the album includes the well known track "My Girl" co-wriiten by Smokey Robinson. the album also includes a track "Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day" so-written by Stevie Wonder and "You Can Cry on My Shoulder" written by Mowtown founder Berry Gordy.

All 3 of these Mowtown legends were to later speak fondly of Michael at his memorial service in 2009.

Album Track listings:
1. Ben
2. The Greatest Show on Earth
3. People Make the World Go Round
4. We've Got a Good Thing Going
5. Everybody's Somebody's Fool
6. My Girl
7. What Goes Around Comes Around
8. In Our Small Way
9. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
10. You Can Cry on My Shoulder
Singles released and highest Chart Positions US UK


Ben Album Cover (from
Michael Jackson Ben album cover

Released: August 4th 1972.

Produced by: Hal Davis.

Label: Motown

The original cover was the same picture of Michael but featured a rat on the cover. This is much rarer now a collectors item if in very good condition.


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