45 RPM Record of The Jackson Five Single, "We Don't Have to be Over 21 to Fall in Love". Known as the group's final single with Steeltown Records before signing with Motown Records in 1969.
It was with Steeltown Records in Gary, Indiana where the Jackson Five began their career. Their first album, The Steeltown 45s, was released on this label. The story of their first signing went as such: Joe Jackson invited the owner of Steeltown to come see the Jackson kids perform at Beckman Junior High in Gary. Hestitant at first, he eventually agreed - and he was hugely impressed by what he saw. After the performance, Steeltown offered the Jacksons a record deal. The Jackson Five ever only recorded 8 songs with the label, 2 of which were unreleased. In July of 1968, The Jackson Five signed with Motown Records - a move that was controversial, as their contract with Steeltown had not yet expired. The record disc measures 7 x 7". The disc is in mint-condition. It is unknown whether the disc has been played.
Plus a copy of The Jackson Five's first ever contract, signed with Steeltown Records. The contract is dated November 21, 1967. Copy is in good condition.
William Adams, of Steeltown Records, has signed on both the President and the Secretary lines. Joseph Jackson has signed the artist line. Document has been signed by a notary public.
Within a different collection, being sold in this same event, is the original version of this landmark contract for the Jackson 5, as well as an original acetate for this single.
From the Gregory Reed Collection. Gregory Reed was Rosa Parks' lawyer, and consequently had in his possession a number of documents relating to African American history and the Civil Rights movement. Additionally, he represented the family members and Estates of members of various Motown groups, such as the Temptations.