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FlinterFile: The Temptations- Plastic Man

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The Temptations released a new album in 1973, with the name Masterpiece. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Edwin Starr- War

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In 1970, Edwin Starr released a flaming protest against the Vietnam War. It would be one of the first political songs Motown released. Read the rest of this entry

Song of the day: The Temptations- Papa Was A Rolling Stone

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In 1972, the songwriters of Motown came up with a new song. Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong wrote Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone, and this was recorded by The Undisputed Truth. However, it was only a minor hit in the US. Therefore, Whitfield reworked the song to a 12 minute version, produced it for the Temptations and they brought it to number 1 in the US in the same year as the original. The song pictured some children asking their mother about their father, who died before they could have known him and all they know are bad things. Enjoy

The Temptations- Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone

Song of the day: Rose Royce- Car Wash

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In 1976, the group Rose Royce debuted with a single which established their position in disco. The song was written by Norman Whitfield and also produced by him, and it was made for the movie with the same name. This because Motown, the label the band was with, had some financial problems and Rose Royce only was a backing band. It turned out to be a good decision, since the song would make it to number one in the US and number nine in the UK. Enjoy

Rose Royce- Car Wash