Barrett Strong was one of the first artists signed to Motown.
He recorded “Money (That’s What I Want)”, which, when released in late 1959, became his, and the company’s, first hit. Unfortunately it was his first and only hit; Barrett would never again chart with any further singles. He even claims to have co-wrote “Money” but this is disputed by Berry Gordy.
Barrett then went on to have a successful career in songwriting. He teamed up with producer Norman Whitfield and together the two were responsible for many of Motown’s great psychedelic soul songs like “War” by Edwin Starr, “Smiling Faces Sometimes” by The Undisputed Truth and “I Can’t Get Next To You” and “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” by The Temptations.
When Motown relocated to Los Angeles in 1972, he left the label. He went on to do some singing (in search of that elusive second hit) and songwriting under different labels and is still active (i.e. alive) today.
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