‘Dancing Machine’ by the Jacksons – Classic Hit or Miss
“Dancing Machine” is a 1973 song recorded by The Jackson 5, released as a single in 1974. The group’s first US Top Ten hit since 1971’s “Sugar Daddy”, “Dancing Machine” reached number two on the Billboard pop music charts in May 1974, and number one on the R&B charts. It bought 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”.
The song, which sold over three million copies, 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.
“Dancing Machine”, originally recorded for the group’s 1973 album G.I.T.: Get It Together, was also the title track of their 1974 album Dancing Machine released in 1974 as a remix for a response to the success of the single.