R.I.P. Norman Whitfield, Motown Studio/Songwriting Ace
The producer and songwriter who displaced Smokey Robinson as the lead producer for the Temptations and helped usher Motown into its psychedelic, socially conscious era has gone to a session in the great Studio A in the sky.
He leaves behind a string of truly potent singles and album tracks from the mid-late 1960s and early '70s. (Well, those and the songs he did with Rose Royce on his own label, after leaving Motown in 1975.)
Here are a few of Whitfield's greatest hits (and near-misses), most of them co-written by Barrett Strong. Some stone-cold classics here, even if Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan did do their best to ruin "War" in "Rush Hour."
"Papa Was a Rolling Stone" - The Temptations
"War" - Edwin Starr
"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" - The Temptations
"Cloud Nine" - The Temptations
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" - Gladys Knight & the Pips
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" - Marvin Gaye
"Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" - The Temptations
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg" - The Temptations
"Needle in a Haystack" - The Velvelettes
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