A cover of The Jackson 5 by Bobbie Gentry is the latest surprise revelation from the online archive of The Ed Sullivan Show. The charismatic Gentry, a familiar face on TV variety shows of the time before her withdrawal from public life, is seen in the clip from the November 1, 1970 edition remaking the Motown quintet’s debut smash of a year earlier.
The brief performance, which runs only 1’45,” has Gentry in energetic dancing mood on a colorful set. That edition of the long-running TV institution also featured appearances by soul singer Melba Moore, by then signed to Mercury Records with her debut album I Got Love newly released, which would help her to a Best New Artist nomination at the 1971 Grammys; and country favorite Roy Clark, another familiar TV face by then as the host of the syndicated series Hee Haw.
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