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"Dancing Machine" is a song recorded by American R&B outfit the Jackson 5, and was the title track of their ninth studio album. The song was originally recorded for the group's 1973 album G.I.T.: Get It Together and was released as a remix for a response to the success of the single. It was the group's first US Top Ten hit since 1971's "Sugar Daddy". "Dancing Machine" brought the Jackson 5 their second Grammy Award nomination in 1975 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, losing to Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good".

"Dancing Machine"
Single by the Jackson 5
from the album Get It Together and Dancing Machine
ReleasedFebruary 19, 1974[1]
Format7" single
RecordedApril - May 1973
Hitsville West, Los Angeles
Length3:30 (album version)
2:43 (single version)
4:25 (alternate version)
M 1286
Songwriter(s)Hal Davis
Don Fletcher
Dean Parks
Producer(s)Hal Davis
The Jackson 5 singles chronology
"Get It Together"
"Dancing Machine"
"Whatever You Got I Want"


"Dancing Machine" hit #1 in Cash Box and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, behind The Streak by Ray Stevens.[2] In addition, it hit #1 on the R&B charts.[3] Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1974.[4]

The song, which reportedly sold over three million copies,[5] popularized the physically complicated Robot dance technique, devised by Charles Washington in the late 1960s. Michael Jackson first performed the dance on television while singing "Dancing Machine" with the Jackson 5 on an episode of Soul Train.

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  1. ^ Hitsville USA, The Motown Singles Collection, Vol. 2: 1972-1992 (1993), liner notes
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  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 287.
  4. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1974
  5. ^ Sales statistics for Jackson 5 singles. Retrieved March 17, 2008

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