Independent Singles
Going Mad

Cloud Nine

I know I'm late on this . . . but I have to honor the maestro.

Can we please have a moment of silence . . .

For Motown Records songwriter-producer Norman Whitfield. The 67-year-old master tunesmith died Sept. 16 in Los Angeles after a long bout with diabetes and other illnesses. He was among the second-wave of producers during the 1960's and early 1970's to create numerous hit songs for several Motown artists including the Temptations, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Marvin Gaye. "Nobody in the business could lay down funkier grooves than Norman," said Otis Williams, a founding member of the Temptations. "He was a master in the studio." Mr. Whitfield left Motown in the 1970s to launch his own recording imprint, Whitfield Records. His most notable work from that venture was the soundtrack to the blaxploitation classic Car Wash, in which the theme song of the same name (performed by Rose Royce) won a Grammy and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1977.

Rest In Power, Norman.

And thank you for providing the soundtrack(s) to Black America.