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Barrett Strong

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A pivotal figure in Motown's formative years, singer/composer Barrett Strong was a key associate and friend of Berry Gordy. It was his hit "Money (That's What I Want)" for Anna Records in 1960 that provided vital capital for Gordy to expand his operation. The song gave Strong his only major hit as a vocalist, reaching number two on the R&B charts and barely missing the pop Top 20. During the late '60s and early '70s, Strong collaborated with Norman Whitfield on some historic songs that included Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby," the Temptations' "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and "Ball of Confusion," Edwin Starr's "War," and "Take Me in Your Arms and Love Me" for Gladys Knight & the Pips, which he also co-wrote. Strong left Motown when the label moved to Los Angeles in 1972, and he signed with Epic. After one failed single, Strong moved to Capitol, where he had the LP Stronghold released in 1975 and later Live & Love in 1976. Though it wasn't a hit, his song "Man up in the Sky" was a '70s soul gem. Johnny Bristol later re-recorded it. Strong continued into the '80s, 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 LP in 1988. ~ Ron Wynn
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Albums by
Barrett Strong

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    14 songs

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    Money

    12 songs

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    Stronghold, Vol. 2

    12 songs

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    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Barrett Strong

    25 songs

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    R&B/Soul Oldies

    11 songs

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    Early Days

    13 songs

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    The Greatest Hits Collection

    11 songs

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    Songs!

    12 songs

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    Money (That's What I Want) [Original Recordings]

    12 songs

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    Oh I Apologize

    5 songs

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    Barrett Strong: The Extended Play Collection

    12 songs

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    Soul Creators: Barrett Strong

    9 songs

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    Live & Love

    22 songs

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    The Complete Motown Collection


Top Songs by
Barrett Strong

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Money (That's What I Want)
  3.   Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right
  4.   Misery
  5.   Who's Takin' My Place
  6.   I'll Make It Up to You
  7.   Money (That's What I Want) (As heard in Mafia 2)
  8.   Believe It or Not
  9.   You Knows What to Do
  10.   You Got What It Takes
  11.   Who's Taken My Place
  12.   More Than I Am
  13.   Oh I Apologize
  14.   What Is Love
  15.   Seven Sins
  16.   Money and Me
  17.   Make Up Your Mind
  18.   Man Up in the Sky
  19.   Money, That' What I Want
  20.   You Know What To Do
  21.   Something's Better Than Nothing
  22.   You've Got What It Takes
  23.   I'm Gonna Cry (If You Quit Me)
  24.   Whirlwind
  25.   Let's Rock
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Barrett Strong

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    55 Best Motown Songs

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    Cocktail Madness

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    Legends Of Motown

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    Dad's Kitchen

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    '60s Hits

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    The Rolling Stones: DNA

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    Paul McCartney: DNA

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    Beatles: DNA

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    Oldies

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    '60s Deep Dive


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