Barrett Strong dead: Motown singer and songwriter Barrett Strong dies aged 81

Barrett Sturdy, the voice and songwriter behind Motown Information’ first hit, has died, in line with a submit from The Motown Museum. He was 81.

“It’s with nice disappointment that we share the passing of legendary @classicmotown singer and songwriter Barrett Sturdy. The voice behind @motownrecords’ first hit, the enduring Cash (That is What I Need),” the Museum’s submit started.

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The tribute defined the historical past behind Sturdy’s Cash.

“After overhearing an in-studio dialog between Mr. Gordy and Motown songwriter Janie Bradford – Sturdy began enjoying the piano and, inside moments, ‘Cash (That is What I Need)’ was created. The tune ultimately reached #2 on the U.S. R&B charts, #23 on the @billboard Sizzling 100 and in the end #288 on @rollingstone’s ‘The five hundred Biggest Songs of All Time,'” the caption learn.

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Barrett Strong during 35th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards Induction - Show at Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City in 2004.
Barrett Sturdy was inducted into the Songwriters Corridor of Fame in 2004. (WireImage for Songwriter’s Corridor)

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Sturdy, together with Motown producer Norman Whitfield, additionally created among the label’s different prime songs, together with I Heard It By the Grapevine, Wherever I Lay My Hat (That is My Dwelling), Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone, and 1971’s Simply My Creativeness (Working Away with Me).

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