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Legendary song writer and musician Barret Strong passed away yesterday. Barrett was the first lead singer to record a hit “Money (That’s What I Want)” under the MOTOWN label.

He was born in West Point, Mississippi on February 5th, 1941. Before his debut on MOTOWN RECORDS which was founded by Berry Gordy, he toured with his siblings (sisters) in Detroit playing gospel music under the name Strong Singers.

Former Motown singer/songwriter Barrett Strong is photographed at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Jan. 14, 2019.

He taught himself how to play musical instruments, more particularly, the piano. His great vocals and piano playing skills drew Mr. Gordy’s attention among many others.

Some of the greatest hits Barret wrote and co-produced under the MOTOWN label include: “I Heard it Through The Grapevine”, sung by Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight, “Where I Lay my Hat” (That’s My Home), and Grammy Award-winning “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” recorded by The Temptations in 1973.

He was 81 years old, and leaves a legacy of great, inspiring songs 🎵🎶 that are played everyday on the radios stations all around the world 🌐.

“I Heard it Through The Grapevine” – sung by Marvin Gaye. Written by Barret Strong & Norman Whitfield

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