I unsuspectingly pulled “I’m Your Sunny One” off of Artdecade the other day, only to find out it’s a Jackson 5 cover of Diana Ross’s “He’s My Sunny Boy.”

The original “He’s My Sunny Boy” is one of my all-time favorite songs, and it always shocked me that it was a b-side for Ross instead of a massive monster hit. The horn section is easily in contention for the best horn section of all time.  Jackson’s cover — released on a new compilation of more obscure Jackson 5 material, entitled Come And Get It: The Rare Pearls — replaces the horns with a dense set of strings (there might be some brass in there, but its hard to tell), which I don’t love.  But it’s still easy on the ear.  They pump up the guitar while also stretching it out, make the whole song looser and less punchy.  According to the compilation’s liner notes, this track was recorded in 1969, during the studio sessions for the first Jackson 5 album, which was, appropriately, Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5. Here’s the Ross original:

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