July 15, 2013 by 45spin
Every once in a while I end up finding a 45 that triggers a musical memory that makes me dig into the web to see what the group was all about, Tonight I’ve been digging into the history of The 5 Stairsteps. A soul group that had a blockbuster hit in 1970 with O-o-h Child on Buddah Records. Discovered by Curtis Mayfield while they were playing in their hometown of Chicago in 1966, he quickly declared them to be “The First Family of Soul.”
They were the first in a long line of soul family bands that soon were to invade the 60’s AM airwaves. The group consisted of 4 brothers and 1 sister and released over a dozen singles between 1967 -1972. Some of their biggest singles were,”World of Fantasy,” “Don’t Change Your Love,” “From Us to You” and their biggest single, “O-o-h Child,” released in 1970.
Interesting is the fact that their first single was released in 1967 and it wasn’t until a year later in 1968 that The Jackson 5 released their first single “Big Boy / Who’s Loving You” which went nowhere on the charts. Later on The Jackson 5 would declare themselves to be “The First Family of Soul” on their debut album for Motown Records.
Now I guess we now know the rest of the story.