The enigmatic Barrett Strong had not one, but two key roles in the Motown story. Firstly, as an artist, the teenage singer was one of the company’s earliest signings, landing a big national hit with Money (That’s What I Want) (once the record had been leased to Anna Records). He never enjoyed performing, and after struggling to score another hit single, he withdrew.
Barrett’s second Motown life came in the mid-Sixties when he returned to Hitsville as a writing partner for hotshot writer-producer Norman Whitfield. The Whitfield-Strong partnership came up with dozens of Motown’s best-loved hits of the late Sixties and early Seventies, before Strong eventually felt the pull of the spotlight and tried again for a singing career to get himself that elusive second hit. At the time of writing, he hasn’t yet managed to do so, but his legacy is assured.
Review Archive: Barrett STRONG (12 items)
- Let’s Rock
- Do The Very Best You Can
- Money (That’s What I Want)
- Oh I Apologize
- Yes, No, Maybe So
- You Knows What To Do
- I’m Gonna Cry (If You Quit Me)
- Money And Me
- You Got What It Takes
- Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right