Had a Great time playing tribute show Honoring Si Barrett Strong a true motown legend!
Great job both Eliza Neals and Lizz Kristi!
Barrett Strong was among the first artists signed to Berry Gordy‘s Motown corporation, and is the performer on the company’s first hit, “Money (That’s What I Want)“, which reached No. 2 U.S. R&B in 1960. Written by Gordy and Janie Bradford, the single was originally released on the Tamla record label, a forerunner of Motown, but was then leased to the Anna label as it was getting airplay, and it was on Anna label that it was a hit. “Money”, which gave Strong his only major hit as a vocalist, was later recorded by a number of acts, including The Beatles, The Kingsmen, Richard Wylie and His Band, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Searchers, The Flying Lizards, The Sonics and Buddy Guy.
In the mid 1960s, Strong became a Motown writer lyricist, teaming with producer Norman Whitfield. Together, Strong and Whitfield wrote some of the most successful and critically acclaimed soul songs ever to be released by Motown, including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by both Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight & the Pips; “War” by Edwin Starr; “Smiling Faces Sometimes” by The Undisputed Truth; and the long line of “psychedelic soul” records by The Temptations, including “Cloud Nine“, “I Can’t Get Next to You“, “Psychedelic Shack“, “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)“, and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone“, amongst others. Strong received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1973 for “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”. Strong and Whitfield also co-wrote the ballad “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)“, a 1971 Billboard No. 1 that also marked the last Temptations single to feature charter members Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams.