Norman Jesse Whitfield was an American songwriter and producer, who worked with Berry Gordy’s Motown labels during the 1960s. He has been credited as one of the creators of the Motown Sound and of the late-1960s subgenre of psychedelic soul. During his 25-year career, Whitfield co-wrote and produced many enduring hits for Motown artists, including “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”, “I’m Losing You”, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, “Cloud Nine”, “I Can’t Get Next to You”, “War”, “Ball of Confusion”, “Just My Imagination”, “Smiling Faces Sometimes”, and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”. Whitfield worked extensively with The Temptations as a producer and songwriter. He produced eight of their albums between 1969 and 1973. He then started his own label, Whitfield Records, in 1975, which yielded the Rose Royce hit “Car Wash”. Alongside his Motown lyrical collaborator Barrett Strong, he was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2004.
|Birth name:||Norman Jesse Whitfield|
|Born:||May 12, 1940, Harlem, New York, New York, U.S.|
|Died:||September 16, 2008, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.|
|Genres:||R&B, soul, pop, psychedelic soul, funk, disco|
|Occupation(s):||Songwriter, record producer, and arranger|
|Instruments:||Piano, keyboard, tambourine|
|Associated acts:||The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Rose Royce, The Undisputed Truth, Rare Earth, Edwin Starr, Barrett Strong|
|IMDb:||Norman Whitfield’s IMDb|
About Norman Whitfield
Writer and producer of Motown classics like “War” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” He helped create the Motown sound.
He moved to Detroit in his late teens and petitioned the burgeoning Motown label to give him a job.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.
He fathered four sons and one daughter.
He wrote and produced songs for several legendary artists, including Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.
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