Barrett Strong delivered Motown’s first hit
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Papa Was A Rolling Stone
There are two sides to Barrett Strong’s career. The first as an artist that recorded Motown’s first hit ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ in 1959. A song written by the president of Motown, Berry Gordy.
As important as this was to kick start the label, Barrett’s strongest part of his career came in terms of the lyrics he wrote for other artists.
Perhaps most notably ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, ‘War’, ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)’, and ‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”.
Most of Barrett’s hits were created alongside producer Norman Whitfield.
When Motown relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles, Barrett stayed behind and even though he has remained active, the glory days were behind him the day he walked away from the Motown factory.
Strong received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1973 for ‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone’.
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Guitar Lesson
All chords are as if from the key of Eb with just one chord being different, the Eb is a minor.
In the course, I’ll talk you through all sections one by one using video lessons, TAB, and live band loops.
Finally, you get to play the entire song with a live band!
Preview video lessons: I Heard It Through The Grapevine
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Lyrics
I bet you’re wonderin’ how I knew
‘Bout your plans to make me blue
With some other guy you knew before
Between the two of us guys you know I loved you more
It took me by surprise I must say (took me by surprise I must say)
For complete lyrics, go to I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Money (That’s What I Want) – Guitar Lesson
On the original, the main guitar riff stays as the rest of the band moves from F to Bb. This has not been maintained on most cover versions.
As you learn this in the course, I’ll show you several ways you could play this song, including how to improvise a solo.
Preview video lessons: Money (That’s What I Want)
Money (That’s What I Want) – Lyrics
For complete lyrics, go to Money (That’s What I Want) lyrics.
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