Janie Bradford

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Janie Bradford
Born (1939-06-02) June 2, 1939 (age 83)
Charleston, Missouri, United States
Years active1958–present

Janie Bradford (born June 2, 1939[1] in Charleston, Missouri, United States)[2] is an American songwriter, most known for her tenure with Motown. With Berry Gordy, she co-wrote "Money (That's What I Want)", originally recorded by Barrett Strong, and then by The Beatles on their second album With The Beatles. "Money" is also on The Rolling Stones' first UK EP (January 17, 1964).

Other hits by Bradford include "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" by Marvin Gaye (although originally by The Temptations), and also recorded by Phil Collins, "Contract On Love" by Little Stevie Wonder[3] and "Your Old Standby" for Mary Wells. She worked at Motown for more than 25 years.

Currently, Bradford is the executive director of the Janie Bradford HAL Scholarship Fund and producer of the Heroes And Legends a.k.a. HAL Awards, an annual event that raises funds for performing arts scholarships while paying tribute to entertainment legends, including many of Motown's biggest stars.[4] She has also established Twinn Records with songwriter and singer Marilyn McLeod.[5]


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday to Motown Songwriter Janie Bradford | EURweb - Part 1". 8 June 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-06-08. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Person Details for Janie Bradford in household of Joe Bradford, "United States Census, 1940" — FamilySearch.org". 8 April 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-04-08. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  3. ^ Nixon, The (29 October 2010). "251. Little Stevie Wonder: "Contract On Love"". Motownjunkies.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  4. ^ "Our Mission". Halawards.com. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Twinn Records". 14 September 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-09-14. Retrieved 15 January 2021.

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