[JPL] R.I.P. Norman Whitfield, Motown Studio/Songwriting Ace
tr at wfcr.org
Thu Sep 18 11:15:57 EDT 2008
As you write, I'm listening to Dianne Reeves' recording of "Just My
Imagination," and I'll play it tonight in tribute.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jae Sinnett" <jaejazz at yahoo.com>
To: <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 11:10 AM
Subject: Re: [JPL] R.I.P. Norman Whitfield, Motown Studio/Songwriting Ace
> Wow. In my view Norman Whitfield was just as profound and significant to
> soul music culture as Sly and the Family Stone or the Funkadelic or Marvin
> Gaye. We just didn't see him but we heard the end results of his work.
> It's astonishing really. I would say the team of Holland-Dozier-Holland
> really put Motown on the map but Whitfield's writing brought them back
> when they were faltering...and into a new era in soul music that was being
> reshaped by Sly and George Clinton. The difference is that the emphasis
> and conceptual direction were structured around vocal harmonies...mainly
> with the Temps. While his early to mid 70's stuff was more fluff his mid
> to late 60's writing was magnificent and influential. A great loss indeed.
> Jae Sinnett
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