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Norman Whitfield

Born: 1943-01-01 - Died: 2008-09-16
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Death Summary: Norman Jesse Whitfield died at 3:30pm, September 16, 2008 after a long bout with diabetes.

Who was Norman Whitfield : Whitfield was a producer and songwriter, and well known for his work with Berry Gordy’s Motown label.

Whitfield is often credited with being one of the creators of the “Motown Sound”, as well as one of the key figures in the sub-genre of psychedelic soul.

Some of his songwriting and production highlights included…

* 1963: "Pride & Joy" - Marvin Gaye
* 1964: "Too Many Fish in the Sea" - The Marvelettes
* 1964: "Needle in a Haystack" - The Velvelettes
* 1964: "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'" - The Velvelettes
* 1964: "Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)" - The Temptations
* 1966: "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" - The Temptations
* 1966: "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" - The Temptations
* 1966: "(I Know) I'm Losing You" - The Temptations
* 1967: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" - Gladys Knight & the Pips, also recorded by Marvin Gaye and CCR
* 1967: "You're My Everything" - The Temptations
* 1967: "I Wish It Would Rain" - The Temptations
* 1968: "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) - The Temptations
* 1968: "The End Of Our Road" - Gladys Knight & The Pips
* 1968: "Cloud Nine" - The Temptations
* 1969: "Friendship Train" - Gladys Knight & the Pips
* 1969: "Runaway Child, Running Wild" - The Temptations
* 1969: "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" - Marvin Gaye
* 1969: "I Can't Get Next to You" - The Temptations
* 1969: "Don't Let The Joneses Get You Down" - The Temptations
* 1970: "You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You)" - Gladys Knight & The Pips, also recorded by The Temptations
* 1970: "Psychedelic Shack" - The Temptations
* 1970: "Hum Along and Dance" - The Temptations (later covered by Rare Earth and The Jackson 5)
* 1970: "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" - The Temptations
* 1970: "War" - Edwin Starr
* 1971: "Smiling Faces Sometimes" - The Undisputed Truth, originally recorded by The Temptations
* 1971: "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" - The Temptations
* 1972: "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" - The Temptations
* 1973: "Masterpiece" - The Temptations
* 1973: "Let Your Hair Down" - The Temptations
* 1976: "Car Wash" - Rose Royce
* 1976: "I'm Going Down" - Rose Royce
* 1976: "I Wanna Get Next to You" - Rose Royce
* 1977: "Ooh Boy" - Rose Royce
* 1977: "Wishing on a Star" - Rose Royce
* 1978: "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" - Rose Royce
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11 Signatures in Norman Whitfield's guestbook

  1. mitchell weiss Says:

    Thank you for all those great songs. That got us through this life May g-d Bless you

  2. mitchell weiss Says:

    mitchell weiss

  3. GARY D. BRYANT Says:

    A true musical genius! His pure talent gave a lot of people a lot of pleasure! Thank You Norman!

  4. grim Says:

    killed and coverd up by his own hair

  5. charles weeden Says:

    you wrote a lot of great songs and i just want to thank u for them, u will be truly missed …

  6. Rhonda L. Matthews Says:

    I grew up listening to your songs,your song writing will be terribly missed

  7. Brenda Slater Says:

    I’m so glad you touched my life. I will never forget you. You taught me a lot and I will always love you.

  8. jason Says:

    So sad, he choked to death on a hairball from that nappy afro.

  9. Devon Smith Says:

    A true pioneer in the music industry

  10. Michael Williams Says:

    Man, I really enjoyed each and every song back in the 70’s , 80’s and even now today in 2011.

  11. 2 dolla Says:

    His hair is in the smithsonian next to nappy browns mustache. I was the caretaker and had to brush it twice a week. It was like a Brillo Pad. I would Afro sheen it to so the niggers can see the light glisten off it. They would be Mesmemorized by it for hours. It was like the negro whisperer.

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