Sunday Side Up Motown Moment: "Let's Wait Awhile" by Janet Jackson

John Lockwood
March 12, 2021

She got her start with her Jackson 5 brothers at Motown... but after a few "poppy", unsuccessful albums set up by her Father Joe, Janet Jackson took "Control" of her musical destiny by heading to A and M Records, dumping Dad as manager and teaming up with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Released in 1987, "Let's Wait Awhile" was one of five top 5 singles from "Control."

Promoting abstinence and waiting till the time is right, "Let's Wait Awhile" was praised for its meaningful message during the AIDS crisis. Janet reportedly didn't want to preach, just offer options.

Fun Fact Uh- Oh: "Let's Wait Awhile" has a song structure eerily similar to America's 70s hit "Daisy Jane." An out- of- court settlement was apparently reached to avoid any litigation.

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