Norman Whitfield – Rest in Peace

We lost another incredible talent this week with the death of Norman Whitfield, who passed away at the age of 67 years-old. Whitfield was a songwriter and producer for Motown in the 1960s and 70s who helped usher in a new era of more progressive, psychedelic and politically relevant songs. Some of Whitfield’s biggest hits for Motown in include “Ball of Confusion,” “Cloud Nine,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” all of which he wrote for the The Temptations. He also wrote other big hits, including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Motown’s most successful release of the 1960s. Here is a video of one of my favorite Whitfield songs, performed by Edwin Starr, the man who made the song famous.

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