In the mid 1960s, Strong became a Motown staff lyricist, teaming with producer Norman Whitfield. Together, Strong and Whitfield wrote some of the most successful and critically acclaimed soul songs ever to be released by Motown, including "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by both Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight & the Pips, "War" by Edwin Starr, "Smiling Faces Sometimes" by The Undisputed Truth, and the long line of "psychedelic soul" records by The Temptations, including "Cloud Nine", "I Can't Get Next to You", "Psychedelic Shack", "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)", and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", amongst others. Strong received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1973 for co-writing "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone".
After Motown moved its operations base from Detroit, Michigan to Los Angeles, California, Strong left the label and resumed his singing career. In 1972 he signed with Epic, but after one failed single Strong moved on, recording two albums for Capitol Records in the mid 1970s.
Strong continued into the 1980s, recording "Rock It Easy" for an independent label and writing and arranging "You Can Depend on Me," which was included on The Dells' The Second Time album in 1988. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.
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Wonder, Al Green and songwriters Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield honored by Songwriters Hall of Fame.(Music)(Brief Article)
Jul 12, 2004; Superstar singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder was among the honorees at the recent 35th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards...