Tag: Norman Whitfield

Rose Royce

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Rose Royce, “Car Wash”

In 1977 Rose Royce's debut single rose to the top of the pop and R&B charts...

Dennis Edwards

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Temptations, “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)”

When Dennis Edwards replaced David Ruffin in the Temptations their sound changed but the hits kept coming...

Marvin Gaye - Gladys Knight & the Pips

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” — Who Did It Best?

Two classic versions of one classic song. Which is your favorite?...

Temptations - Al Green

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: “I Can’t Get Next To You” – Which Version Gets Next To You?

The muscular Tempts or the slow-burning Al Green. Which version is your favorite?...

Barrett Strong

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Barrett Strong, “Money (That’s What I Want)”

Barrett Strong had an early hit but found real success as a Motown songwriter...

Dennis Coffey

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Dennis Coffey, “Scorpio”

Legendary studio guitarist Dennis Coffey had a hit of his own in '71...

Willie Hutch

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Willie Hutch, “Love Power”

Willie Hutch was a producer, songwriter, arranger, and hit-maker with 1975's "Love Power"...

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Gene Chandler, “Groovy Situation”

Gene Chandler's extraordinary career spanned the doo-wop, r&b, soul, and disco eras....

Shirley Ellis

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Shirley Ellis, “The Nitty Gritty”

Shirley Ellis emerged as a three-hit wonder at a dark time in the nation's history...

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Velvelettes, “Needle In A Haystack”

Norman Whitfield and the Velvelettes were a match made in soul music heaven...

The Undisputed Truth

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Undisputed Truth, “Smiling Faces Sometimes”

The Undisputed Truth's hit was one of many in the storied career of producer Norman Whitfield...

Rare Earth

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Rare Earth, “Get Ready”

Rare Earth scored big with two Temptations covers, and more...

Soul Serenade - Eddie Kendricks

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Eddie Kendricks, “Keep On Truckin'”

David Ruffin was not the only Temptation who went on to solo success...

Soul Serenade - Rose Royce

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Rose Royce, “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”

Rose Royce's '78 hit was hugely influential...

Soul Serenade - David Ruffin

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: David Ruffin, “My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)”

A Motown immortal is celebrated in recent reissues...

Soul Serenade - Edwin Starr

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Edwin Starr, “Twenty-Five Miles”

Before "War" Edwin Starr hit it big with "25 Miles"...

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Temptations, “I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)”

David Ruffin's final single as lead vocalist with the Temptations featured one of his finest performances....

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)”

Gladys Knight & the Pips were one of the biggest acts of the '70s. They reached their Motown peak with a Jim Weatherly penned hit in 1973....

Placeholder

Chart Attack!, Music

CHART ATTACK!: 1/29/77

Welcome back to another edition of CHART ATTACK!, everybody!  We’re going back a full 32 years this week, and it’s an...

Placeholder

Current Events, Music

Motown at 50

Today is a very important day in the history of popular music. It was on this day in 1959 that Motown was born. An auto worker by the name...