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Barrett Strong

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A pivotal number in Motown’s formative years, singer/composer Barrett Strong was an integral associate and friend of Berry Gordy. It had been his strike “Cash (That’s What I’D LIKE)” for Anna Information in 1960 that offered essential capital for Gordy to increase his procedure. The song offered Strong his just major hit being a vocalist, achieving number two over the R&B graphs and barely lacking the pop Best 20. Through the past due ’60s and early ’70s, Solid collaborated with Norman Whitfield on some historical music that included Marvin Gaye’s “I Noticed It With the Grapevine” and “As well Busy CONSIDERING My Baby,” the Temptations’ “Papa Was a Moving Rock” and “Ball of Dilemma,” Edwin Starr’s “Battle,” and “Consider Me inside your Arms and Appreciate Me” for Gladys Knight & the Pips, which he also co-wrote. Solid left Motown once the label transferred to LA in 1972, and he agreed upon with Epic. After one failed one, Strong transferred to Capitol, where he previously the LP Stronghold released in 1975 and afterwards Live & Like in 1976. Though it wasn’t popular, his melody “Guy up in the Sky” was a ’70s spirit jewel. Johnny Bristol afterwards re-recorded it. Solid continued in to the ’80s, documenting “Rock and roll It Easy” for an unbiased label and composing and organizing “IT IS POSSIBLE TO Rely on Me,” that was included on the Dells’ THE NEXT Period LP in 1988.

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Full Name Barrett Strong
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Awards Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song
Music Songs Money, Do The Very Best You Can, I Wish It Would Rain, I'm Gonna Cry, Oh I Apologize, Let's Rock, You've Got What It Takes, Yes, No, Maybe So, You Knows What To Do, Money And Me, Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right, Man Up In The Sky, Actions Speak Louder Than Words, What Went Wrong, Who's Taken My Place, I'll Make It Up To You, Misery, Stand Up and Cheer for the Preacher, Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City, Seven Sins, Too Young, Make up Your Mind, You Need Me, Save Me From The Fire, I Can't Love Again, I Wouldn't Treat a Dog the Way You Treated Me, Cold Hearted Woman, Whirlwind, Be My Girl, Somethings Better Than Nothing, Baby Let Go, Whiter Shade Of Pale
Albums Stronghold II, Live & Love, The Collection, Money, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Barrett Strong, The Complete Motown Collection, The Master Takes, Let's Rock, Oh I Apologize, Soul Creators - Barrett Strong, Songs!, Golden Hits, Barrett Strong: The Extended Play Collection, The Greatest Hits Collection, The Very Best Of, Early Days, Whirlwind


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1 Was a writer/singer/producer for Motown Records in its early years.
2 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It Takes Two 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shine a Light 2008 Documentary writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me" - as S. Barrett
The Wire 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mad Money 2008 performer: "Money That's What I Want"
Idols 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Singing Bee 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
In the Hands of the Gods 2007 Documentary performer: "Money That's What I Want"
The Brave One 2007 writer: "I Can't Get Next To You"
Rush Hour 3 2007 writer: "War"
Eye See Me 2007 "Cloud Nine"
The Sopranos 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deutschland sucht den Superstar 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Are We Done Yet? 2007 writer: "I Can't Get Next to You"
Jools's Hootenanny 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Duet Impossible 2006 TV Special writer: "I Heard It Through The Grape Vine"
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Big Nothing 2006 performer: "Money That's What I Want"
Everybody Hates Chris 2005-2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury 2006 TV Movie documentary writer: "War"
SingStar Rocks! 2006 Video Game writer: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
Maxed Out 2006 Documentary performer: "Money That's What I Want"
The King of Queens 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Glory Road 2006 writer: "I Can't Get Next to You"
Munich 2005 writer: "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
Veronica Mars 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sunday Driver 2005 Documentary writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away with Me", "Ball of Confusion That's What the World Is Today"
My Name Is Earl 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Romanzo criminale 2005 writer: "I heard it through the grapevine", "I heard it through the Grapevine"
Just Like Heaven 2005 writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away with Me"
Elizabethtown 2005 writer: "I Can't Get Next to You" 1964
Four Brothers 2005 "CLOUD NINE", "I WISH IT WOULD RAIN", "TAKE A LOOK AROUND", "PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE", "SMILING FACES SOMETIMES"
Guy X 2005 writer: "War"
Hitch 2005/I writer: "I Can't Get Next to You" 1969
Idool 2004 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Eulogy 2004 writer: "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"
Canadian Idol 2003-2004 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers 2004 writer: "I Heard it Through the Grapevine"
Idols! 2004 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
New York Minute 2004/I writer: "War"
New Zealand Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London 2004 writer: "War"
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Gothika 2003 writer: "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"
Celebridade 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
In the Cut 2003 lyrics: "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me"
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 "Just My Imagination Running Away with Me"
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Bernie Mac Show 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idool 2003 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cradle 2 the Grave 2003 writer: "Fireman" - as B. Strong
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tupac: Resurrection 2003 Documentary writer: "Holler If Ya' Hear Me"
Sex and the City 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Party at the Palace: The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace 2002 TV Movie documentary writer: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
Standing in the Shadows of Motown 2002 Documentary "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", "Cloud Nine", "Ball Of Confusion That's What The World Is Today"
High Heels and Low Lifes 2001 writer: "War"
The Invisible Circus 2001 writer: "Cloud 9"
Top of the Pops 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Remember the Titans 2000 writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", "Superstar Remember How You Got Where You Are"
Men of Honor 2000 writer: "I Wish It Would Rain"
Duets 2000 writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me"
Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Divisible 2000 TV Movie documentary writer: "War"
Honest 2000 writer: "Take a Stroll thru Your Mind"
The '70s 2000 TV Movie writer: "Papa Was a Rolling Stone", "Smiling Faces Sometimes" - uncredited
Steal This Movie 2000 writer: "War"
Malcolm in the Middle 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Xena: Warrior Princess 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Our Friend, Martin 1999 Video writer: "Friendship Train"
Pitch People 1999 Documentary writer: "Cloud Nine"
Rogue Trader 1999 performer: "Money That's What I Want"
Everybody Loves Raymond 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Boy Meets World 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rush Hour 1998 writer: "War"
Mafia! 1998 performer: "Money That's What I Want"
Small Soldiers 1998 writer: "War"
Hope Floats 1998 writer: "I Can't Get Next to You"
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Real Women 1998 TV Series writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Red Corner 1997 writer: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
Chicago Hope TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1995 - 1997 performer - 1 episode, 1995
Private Parts 1997 writer: "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"
Stars in Their Eyes 1994-1996 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Dead Presidents 1995 writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me", "Smiling Faces Sometimes"
Moonlight and Valentino 1995 writer: "I Can't Get Next To You"
The Big Breakfast 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Panther 1995/I writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me"
Destiny Turns on the Radio 1995 writer: "Just my imagination running away with me"
Friday 1995 writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
The Walking Dead 1995 writer: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "Smiling Faces Sometimes"
Seinfeld 1994-1995 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Takin' Over the Asylum 1994 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Milk Money 1994 performer: "Money That's All I Want"
Above the Rim 1994 as B. Strong, "Holler If Ya Hear Me" / writer: "Holler If Ya Hear Me" - as B. Strong
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 writer: "Ball of Confusion That's What the World Is Today"
Madonna: The Girlie Show - Live Down Under 1993 TV Movie documentary writer: "Rain" - as B. Strong
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Last Light 1993 TV Movie writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" - as Burrett Strong
Sjans 1992 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
29th Street 1991 performer: "Money That's What I Want"
Backdraft 1991 writer: "War"
The Five Heartbeats 1991 writer: "Stay in My Corner"
Tiny Toon Adventures 1991 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wonder Years 1988-1990 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Quantum Leap 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Raisins Sold Out: The California Raisins II 1990 TV Movie writer: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
Growing Pains 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Going Overboard 1989 writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me"
Moonlighting 1986-1989 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Midnight Caller 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 writer: "War"
Short Circuit 2 1988 writer: "I Heard it Through the Grapevine"
Dolly 1988 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Hamburger Hill 1987 writer: "I Wish It Would Rain"
Otto - Der Neue Film 1987 writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Gardens of Stone 1987 writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
The Hitchhiker 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live 1979-1986 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
227 1986 TV Series writer - 1 episode
One More Saturday Night 1986 writer: "War"
Ruthless People 1986 writer: "Wherever I Lay My Hat That's My Home"
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary writer: "That's the way Love is"
6.20 Soul Train 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Miami Vice 1985 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Fame TV Series writer - 1 episode, 1985 lyrics - 1 episode, 1982 music - 1 episode, 1982
The Flamingo Kid 1984 performer: "Money That's What I Want"
DTV: Golden Oldies 1984 Video performer: "Money That's What I Want"
DTV: Rock, Rhythm & Blues 1984 Video writer: "Friendship Train", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
The Big Chill 1983 writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Let's Spend the Night Together 1982 Documentary "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me"
WKRP in Cincinnati 1981 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Where the Buffalo Roam 1980 writer: "Papa Was A Rollin Stone"
Pacific Inferno 1979 lyrics: "WAR" - as B. Strong / music: "WAR" - as B. Strong
Bassie en Adriaan en het geheim van de sleutel 1979 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Big Wednesday 1978 performer: "Money That's What I Want" - uncredited
The Richard Pryor Special? 1977 TV Special writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Cooley High 1975 performer: "Money That's What I Want" - uncredited
Crazy Mama 1975 performer: "Money That's What I Want"
Aloha, Bobby and Rose 1975 writer: "Just My Imagination"
Love in Maid 1975 performer: "Money That's What I Want" - uncredited
Rock Concert 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Save the Children 1973 Documentary writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
This Is Tom Jones 1970 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Ed Sullivan Show 1969 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Jonathan Winters Show 1969 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig! 1964 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Strictly Come Dancing 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mafia III 2016 Video Game writer: "I Wish It Would Rain" - uncredited
Bridget Jones's Baby 2016 writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont 2016 writer: "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 2016 writer: "War"
The Nice Guys 2016 writer: "PAPA WAS A ROLLIN' STONE"
The Blacklist 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Britain's Got More Talent 2015-2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Vinyl 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Woodlawn 2015 writer: "Friendship Train"
The X Factor 2010-2015 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
888.com World Grand Prix 2015 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
UK Championship Snooker 2014 TV Series writer - 7 episodes
The Simpsons TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 1997
The Equalizer 2014 writer: "Friendship Train"
Masters of Sex 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
School Dance 2014 writer: "Just My Immagination Running Away With Me" - as Strong, Barrett
Ochéntame... otra vez 2014 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
4 Minute Mile 2014 writer: "I Wish It Would Rain"
Scandal 2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Dancing with the Stars TV Series 1 episode, 2014 writer - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2009
The Voice UK 2012-2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Fosters 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grudge Match 2013 writer: "War"
American Hustle 2013 writer: "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Video Game writer: "Smiling Faces Sometimes" - as Barret Strong
Mademoiselle C 2013 Documentary as Strong Barrett, "People Movin'"
That Music Show 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Turbo 2013 writer: "Eye of the Tiger / Holler If Ya Hear Me"
Britain's Got Talent 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Revolution 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Duets 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Killing Them Softly 2012 performer: "Money That's What I Want"
The Voice 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sapphires 2012 writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Foodfight! 2012 writer: "I Heard it Through the Grapevyne"
American Idol 2003-2012 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Think Like a Man 2012 writer: "I Can't Get Next To You"
Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon 2011 Documentary writer: "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nuit blanche 2011/I writer: "PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE" by nm1100552
Zookeeper 2011 writer: "Ball of Confusion That's What the World Is Today"
So You Think You Can Dance 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Supernatural 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son 2011 writer: "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World 2011 Video documentary writer: "Cloud 9", "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"
Gulliver's Travels 2010 writer: "WAR"
Eastbound & Down 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
X Factor 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Detroit 1-8-7 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mafia II 2010 Video Game performer: "MONEY THAT'S WHAT I WANT"
Live from Daryl's House 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Lottery Ticket 2010/I performer: "Money That's What I Want"
20 to 1 2008-2010 TV Series documentary writer - 4 episodes
Lennon Naked 2010 TV Movie performer: "Money That's What I Want"
Death at a Funeral 2010 writer: "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
Two and a Half Men 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Little New York 2009 writer: "Smiling Faces Sometimes" / writer: "Stay In My Corner" - as B. Strong
Wir sind Kaiser 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Blood: The Last Vampire 2009 writer: "War"
Tropic Thunder 2008 writer: "Ball of Confusion That's What The World Is Today" 1970
Idols 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Office 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bone Thugs n Harmony: The Collection Volume 2 2004 Video documentary composer: song "War"
Friday After Next 2002 song producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Songwriter
Songwriters Hall of Fame 2004 TV Movie Himself - Inductee
The Original Leads of the Temptations 1992 Video documentary Himself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1965 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
DTV: Golden Oldies 1984 Video Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Family Law (1999)
2000 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Family Law (1999) · Norman Whitfield


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