Jackson performs Dancing Machine on Soul Train with Jackson 5 promoting their new album Get it Together. The Jackson 5 were the first group that ever consented to do Soul Train. Unlike other groups that Don Cornelius had to beg to do his show, The Jackson 5 were fans of the show and wanted to appear on it.
During the performance, Jackson debuts robotic dance moves. Following the airing of the broadcast, kids across the country imitate the Robot dance, and stars such as David Bowie will ask Jackson to teach the moves to them. From Jackson’s Moonwalk biography:
It seemed like every kid in the United States was doing the Robot. I had never seen anything like it.