5 On A Friday : The Legendary Norman Whitfield

September 19, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Paying tribute today to one of the many musical losses of 2008, Norman Whitfield, who passed away earlier this week. Norman’s musical influence on sounds of the 60’s and 70’s is undeniable. The songs he penned with his writing partner Barrett Strong, and the production work he did helped define the sound of Motown and Soul music as we know it today. Here’s just a small sampling of his work today.

1: The Temptations – Cloud Nine
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2: Gladys Knight And The Pips – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
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3: The Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces Sometimes
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4: Edwin Starr – War
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5: The Temptations – Just My Imagination

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5 On A Friday : Funk Soul Brother Check It Out Now

June 1, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Last night I went to see Philadelphia band The Peace Creeps and near the end of their set they played a blistering version of The Jackson 5 classic, I Want You Back. It inspired me to bring you batch of Motown‘s finest to get your weekend started in style. If these don’t get you up and dancing nothing will. Go on, shake it like a Polaroid picture. Rock and roll.

1: Stevie Wonder – Fingertips Pt. 2

2: The Contours – Do You Love Me

3: The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back

4: The Temptations – Cloud Nine

5: Edwin Starr – Twenty Five Miles

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