Got to Be There

1972 debut solo album by Michael Jackson
(Redirected from I Wanna Be Where You Are)

Got to Be There is the debut studio album by Michael Jackson. It was released in 1971. It has sold over 3.2 million copies around the world. Four singles were released from the album. It includes the hits "Got to Be There" and "Rockin' Robin" (originally sung by Bobby Day).

Got to Be There
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 24, 1972
Michael Jackson chronology
Got to Be There
Singles from Got to Be There
  1. "Got to Be There"
    Released: October 7, 1971
  2. "Rockin' Robin"
    Released: February 17, 1972
  3. "I Wanna Be Where You Are"
    Released: May 2, 1972
  4. "Ain't No Sunshine"
    Released: July 3, 1972

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Ain't No Sunshine" (recorded November 1971)Bill Withers 4:09
2. "I Wanna Be Where You Are" (recorded November 1971)Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, Leon Ware 3:01
3. "Girl Don't Take Your Love from Me" (recorded November 1971)Willie Hutch 3:46
4. "In Our Small Way" (recorded December 1971)Beatrice Verdi, Christine Yarian 3:38
5. "Got to Be There" (recorded June–July 1971)Elliot Willensky 3:23
6. "Rockin' Robin" (recorded October 1971)Leon Rene (under the pseudonym "Jimmie Thomas") 2:31
7. "Wings of My Love" (recorded November 1971)Alphonso Mizell, Berry Gordy Jr., Deke Richards & Freddie Perren 3:25
8. "Maria (You Were the Only One)" (recorded July–September 1971)Lawrence Brown, Linda Glover, George Gordy, Allen Story 3:41
9. "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" (recorded December 1971)Holland-Dozier-Holland 2:51
10. "You've Got a Friend" (recorded November 1971)Carole King 4:53


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