Norman Whitfield

American musical artist and producer (1940–2008) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Norman Jesse Whitfield (May 12, 1940 – September 16, 2008) was an American songwriter and producer, who worked with Berry Gordy's Motown labels during the 1960s.[1] He has been credited as one of the creators of the Motown Sound and of the late-1960s subgenre of psychedelic soul.[1]

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Norman Whitfield
Birth nameNorman Jesse Whitfield
BornMay 12, 1940
Harlem, New York, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 16, 2008(2008-09-16) (aged 68)
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Songwriter, record producer, arranger
Instrument(s)Keyboards, tambourine
Years active1958–1986
LabelsMotown, Whitfield
Norman Whitfield's Temptations

During his 25-year career, Whitfield co-wrote and produced many enduring hits for Motown artists, including "Ain't Too Proud to Beg",[2] "(I Know) I'm Losing You", "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", "Cloud Nine", "I Can't Get Next to You", "War", "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)", "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)", "Smiling Faces Sometimes", and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone". Whitfield worked extensively with the Temptations as a producer and songwriter, producing 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.[3] He wrote or co-wrote 61 hits on the UK charts and 92 on the US charts.[4]