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September 18, 2008

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Norman Whitfield

Norman Whitfield

The man who wrote some of Motown’s biggest hits, Norman Whitfield, has died in Los Angeles. Published reports say the prolific producer passed away yesterday September, 16 from complications of diabetes. He was 65.

According to Wikipedia, Whitfield began writing for Motown when he was 19 years old. He is credited as being one of the creators of the Motown Sound, as well as one of the major instrumental figures in the late-60s sub-genre of psychedelic soul.

Whitfield began hanging around at Motown’s Hitsville U.S.A. offices, trying to get a chance at working for the growing label. Berry Gordy recognized Whitfield’s persistence and hired him in the quality control department that determined which songs would or would not be released by the label.

Whitfield eventually joined Motown’s in-house songwriting staff. Initially he had a few minor successes, but he found his place at Motown when he began producing the recordings of his songs. His big break came when he took over Smokey Robinson’s role as the main producer for The Temptations in 1966, after his “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” performed better than Robinson’s “Get Ready” on the pop charts.

Between 1966 and 1974, Whitfield produced nearly every song by The Temptations.

Highlights of the hits of Norman Whitfield are:

1963: “Pride & Joy” – Marvin Gaye
1964: “Too Many Fish in the Sea” – The Marvelettes
1964: “Needle in a Haystack” – The Velvelettes
1964: “He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin'” – The Velvelettes
1964: “Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)” – The Temptations
1966: “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” – The Temptations
1966: “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep” – The Temptations
1966: “(I Know) I’m Losing You” – The Temptations
1967: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” – Gladys Knight & the Pips, also recorded by Marvin Gaye and Creedence Clearwater Revival
1967: “You’re My Everything” – The Temptations
1967: “I Wish It Would Rain” – The Temptations
1968: “I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) – The Temptations
1968: “The End Of Our Road” – Gladys Knight & The Pips
1968: “Cloud Nine” – The Temptations
1969: “Friendship Train” – Gladys Knight & the Pips
1969: “Runaway Child, Running Wild” – The Temptations
1969: “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby” – Marvin Gaye
1969: “I Can’t Get Next to You” – The Temptations
1969: “Don’t Let The Joneses Get You Down” – The Temptations
1970: “You Need Love Like I Do (Don’t You)” – Gladys Knight & The Pips, also recorded by The Temptations
1970: “Psychedelic Shack” – The Temptations
1970: “Hum Along and Dance” – The Temptations (later covered by Rare Earth and The Jackson 5)
1970: “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)” – The Temptations
1970: “War” – Edwin Starr
1971: “Smiling Faces Sometimes” – The Undisputed Truth, originally recorded by The Temptations
1971: “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” – The Temptations
1972: “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” – The Temptations
1973: “Masterpiece” – The Temptations
1973: “Let Your Hair Down” – The Temptations
1976: “Car Wash” – Rose Royce
1976: “I’m Going Down” – Rose Royce
1976: “I Wanna Get Next to You” – Rose Royce
1977: “Ooh Boy” – Rose Royce
1977: “Wishing on a Star” – Rose Royce
1978: “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” – Rose Royce


The Obama campaign has released a new TV ad that appears to making points with voters and pundits alike. In the ad, which runs 2 minutes, the Illinois senator and Democratic presidential contender lays out his economic agenda and positions himself as an above-partisanship leader.

Read the script of the ad:

In the past few weeks, Wall Street’s been rocked as banks closed and markets tumbled. But for many of you — the people I’ve met in town halls, backyards and diners across America — our troubled economy isn’t news.

600,000 Americans have lost their jobs since January. Paychecks are flat and home values are falling. It’s hard to pay for gas and groceries and if you put it on a credit card they’ve probably raised your rates.

You’re paying more than ever for health insurance that covers less and less. This isn’t just a string of bad luck. The truth is that while you’ve been living up to your responsibilities, Washington has not.

That’s why we need change. Real change. This is no ordinary time and it shouldn’t be an ordinary election. But much of this campaign has been consumed by petty attacks and distractions that have nothing to do with you or how we get America back on track.

Here’s what I believe we need to do.

Reform our tax system to give a $1,000 tax break to the middle class instead of showering more on oil companies and corporations that outsource our jobs. End the “anything goes” culture on Wall Street with real regulation that protects your investments and pensions. Fast track a plan for energy ‘made-in-America’ that will free us from our dependence on mid-east oil in 10 years and put millions of Americans to work. Crack down on lobbyists – once and for all — so their back-room deal-making no longer drowns out the voices of the middle class and undermines our common interests as Americans. And yes, bring a responsible end to this war in Iraq so we stop spending billions each month rebuilding their country when we should be rebuilding ours. Doing these things won’t be easy. But we’re Americans. We’ve met tough challenges before. And we can again. I’m Barack Obama. I hope you’ll read my economic plan. I approved this message because bitter, partisan fights and outworn ideas of the left and the right won’t solve the problems we face today. But a new spirit of unity and shared responsibility will.



Keith Sweat has extended his ongoing tour in support of his latest album “Just Me,” with shows across the country scheduled into early 2009, reports Live Daily. The crooner’s next stop is scheduled for Sept. 20 in Atlanta, after which he’ll skip into October for a handful of gigs around the eastern half of the country. The R&B vet’s current itinerary has him traveling to a half-dozen cities from the West Coast to the South between November and January. “Just Me,” released in May, is Sweat’s first new studio recording since 2002’s “Rebirth.” The latest set debuted at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 and claimed the top spot on the R&B/hip-hop albums chart.

Keith Sweat’s revised itinerary is listed below:

September 2008
20 – Atlanta, GA – Georgia Music Hall of Fame

October 2008
2 – New York, NY – WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden/”Retro Jam 2008″
3 – St. Louis, MO – venue to be announced
4 – Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Center
5 – Montgomery, AL – Alabama State Fair
8 – Jackson, MS – Mississippi State Fair
10 – Buffalo, NY – Shea’s Performing Arts Center
11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Peterson Events Center

November 2008
7 – Dallas, TX – Nokia Theater
8 – Tacoma, WA – Emerald Queen Casino
14 – Wichita, KS – Cotillion Ballroom

December 2008
19 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

January 2009
30 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Live
31 – Greenville, MS – Jubilee Casino


The New York Post is reporting that Nicole Richie went ballistic outside a New York nightclub when a tourist attempted to take her picture. According to Page Six, the socialite grew irritated with the young fan who was standing outside of an afterparty held at Country Club, hosted by Mark Ronson’s fashion designer sister Charlotte as part of New York Fashion Week.
A source tells the publication: “A young, Swedish tourist was trying to take her photo. Richie shouted, ‘I’m not an animal’ then jumped over the velvet rope, ripped the camera out of the girl’s hand, and smashed it to the ground.”

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Sept. 17, 1861: Hampton Institute was founded.
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Actor Paul Benedict (“The Jeffersons”) is 70.

Singer LaMonte McLemore of the Fifth Dimension is 69.

Singer BeBe Winans is 46.

Rapper Doug E. Fresh is 42.

Actor Malik Yoba (“New York Undercover”) is 41.

Rapper Vinnie of Naughty By Nature is 38.

Singer Anastacia is 35.

Singer Marcus Sanders of Hi-Five is 35.

Singer-actress Nona Gaye is 34.

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