Norman Whitfield biography

Norman Whitfield

Rhythm and blues, Composer

1940 – 2008

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Who was Norman Whitfield?

Norman Jesse Whitfield was an American songwriter and producer, best known for his work with Berry Gordy's Motown label during the 1960s. He has been credited as one of the creators of the Motown Sound and as an instrumental figure in the development of the late-1960s sub-genre of psychedelic soul.

During his 25-year career, Whitfield co-wrote and produced many enduring hits for various 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 solely produced eight of their albums between 1969 and 1973. He 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.

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Born
May 12, 1940
Harlem
Also known as
  • N. Whitfield
  • Whitfield, Norman
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Northwestern High School
Died
Sep 16, 2008
Los Angeles

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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