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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

R.I.P. Norman Whitfield

posted by on September 17 at 15:06 PM


Bad week for music legends. First Pink Floyd’s Richard Wright died from cancer; now the prolific, genius Motown composer Norman Whitfield has passed away at age 65 from diabetes and other ailments. Whitfield wrote—often in tandem with his creative partner Barrett Strong—several of the greatest soul songs of all time and he played a crucial role in psychedelicizing Motown’s sound in the late ’60s/early ’70s through tunes like the Temptations’ “Cloud Nine,” “Psychedelic Shack,” and “Ball of Confusion,” and the Undisputed Truth’s “Smiling Faces Sometimes.” Among many others. Time constraints prevent me from elaborating now, but the man was a muthafunkin’ immortal-hit machine.

Fill your iPod with Whitfield’s compositions and try not to feel like your life is immeasurably richer.

The Temptations’ “Can’t Get Next to You”

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damn damn damn


Posted by lar | September 18, 2008 3:40 PM

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