Today in Music History: Barrett Strong is 72

Barett Strong
Barett Strong (Publicity photo)

History Highlight:

Barrett Strong, the first artist to record a hit for Motown celebrates his 72 birthday today. Strong had many hits writting the lyrics for Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and The Temptations. Strong won a Grammy for writing the song, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," that was performed by The Temptations. But, for your history highlight let's play the song that scored Motown their first hit, and was the only hit for Strong as a vocalist, "Money (That's What I Want)."

Also, Today In:

1967 - "Hello, Goodbye" off Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles was the #1 single in the country.

1978 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer broke up.

1999 - George Harrison was stabbed repeatedly during an attempted early morning robbery at his home near London. The 56-year-old musician and his wife Olivia struggled with the intruder and were able to hold him until the authorities got there. The couple recovered from their injuries at a nearby hospital.


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