Whitfield and Barrett Strong's psychedelic soul story of a wayward father and the family he left behind became a Motown classic.
'War' was deemed a little too forthright to be a Temptations single, but Edwin made it a powerful message song and a huge hit.
From the superb catalogue of the Emperors of Soul, 20 of the best Temptations songs in this exclusive playlist, including their new album 'All The Time'.
The 3 April 1971 Hot 100 showed the Temptations landing their third pop No. 1, with Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong's ‘Just My Imagination.'
Released on 6 March1970, Psychedelic Shack was the Temptations psychedelic album that completed their journey into a more experimental sound.
The run of R&B No. 1s by the Temptations in the decade or so from 1964 has few equals. On 17 February 1968 came the seventh, with 'I Wish It Would Rain.'
‘Shop Around’ by the Miracles was a vital part of the early development of Motown, and on 12 February 1961, it became their first million-seller.
The Temptations proved that there was life after Norman Whitfield, topping the US R&B chart on 8 February 1975 with 'Happy People.'
Edwin Starr, probably one of the most underestimated soul singers, and one of the nicest guys in the business, was born on 21 January 1942 in Nashville.
From the Jazz Age through to modern rock, great songwriting partnerships have provided some of popular music’s finest moments. Here are eight of the best…
John Lennon & Yoko Ono made the US album chart three times in 1969, then with the Plastic Ono Band on 10 January 1970 with Live Peace In Toronto.
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles topped the US R&B album chart only twice, the second time on 7 December 1968 with Special Occasion.
On 2 December 1967, the exciting Motown interpretation of 'Grapevine' by Gladys Knight and the Pips became a US R&B No. 1.
'If I Were Your Woman,' the outstanding ballad which became the final Motown R&B No. 1 for Gladys Knight and the Pips, hit the chart on 28 November 1970.
As the sound of Motown reverberated around the world in the last weeks of the 1960s, Gladys Knight and the Pips were riding the 'Friendship Train.'