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Steeltown Records

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Steeltown Records was an American record company in Gary, Indiana. The company was founded in 1966, by William Adams (a.k.a. Gordon Keith), Ben Brown (deceased), Maurice Rogers, Willie Spencer (deceased), and Lou "Ludie" D. Washington (deceased). The record company was mostly active from 1966 to 1972.

"Steeltown" is best known for giving the Jackson 5 their start in the music biz. The Jackson 5's first record was released in early 1968, before Motown signed the group in 1969. Two Jackson 5 singles were recorded and produced by Gordon Keith in a South Chicago recording studio, "Big Boy"/"You Changed" (#681) and "We Don't Have To Be Over 21 (to Fall in Love)"/"Jam Session" (#682).[1][2][3] "Big Boy", the first song sung by Michael Jackson was released on January 31, 1968 by Keith/Steeltown[4] and became a local radio hit.[5][6][7] In March of that same year, Keith signed a contract with Atlantic Records to manufacture and distribute the Steeltown "Big Boy"/"You Changed" record (#45-681) nationally and Atco Records a division of Atlantic Records in New York City distributed several thousand copies with the "Atlantic-Atco" paper sleeve. Many of these records are still in existence, as are some of the first versions distributed by Keith in Gary. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum owns a copy of one of the original Steeltown "Big Boy" records and this single was on display there in 2010.

The Jacksons moved to Los Angeles California in 1969. Ben Brown moved there in 1985, partnering with Joe Jackson, the father of The Jackson 5 Brown became the President of Jackson Records. In January 2015, Brown's son Dwayne Joseph Brown and his son's business partner, Alicia Barber (songwriter and author whom wrote "Born Rejected"), came together to launch SteelTown Los Angeles. A SteelTown movie is in the works, and is set to be released July 2018.

See also


  1. ^ [1] 45 RPM Records
  2. ^ Taraborrelli, p. 36–37
  3. ^ "Early Jackson Five". 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  4. ^ Each Steeltown co-owner individually discovered, signed, and took the responsibility and any profit for each signed individual or group, using Steeltown Records (Steeltown label) as an umbrella to promote name recognition
  5. ^ [2] 45 RPM Records
  6. ^ All Music, The Jackson 5
  7. ^ "Big Boy 40 Jackson 5". Retrieved 7 June 2016. 


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