List of songs written by Norman Whitfield

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This is a list of songs written by Norman Whitfield, either as a sole writer or with others

Chart hits and other notable songs written by Norman Whitfield[edit]

Year Song[1] Original artist[1] Co-writer(s) with Whitfield[1] U.S. Pop[2] U.S. R&B[3] UK Singles Chart[4] Other charting versions,[1] and notes
1962 "Pride and Joy" Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson 10 2 -
"Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye, Barrett Strong - - - 1983: Paul Young, #70 pop, #1 UK
1964 "The Girl's Alright with Me" The Temptations Eddie Holland Jr., Eddie Kendricks - 39 - 1980: Masterpiece, #81 R&B
"Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)" The Temptations Eddie Holland Jr. 26 11 -
"Needle in a Haystack" The Velvelettes William "Mickey" Stevenson 45 31 -
"Too Many Fish in the Sea" The Marvelettes Eddie Holland Jr. 25 5 - 1966: Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, #24 pop
1965 "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'" The Velvelettes Eddie Holland Jr., William "Mickey" Stevenson 64 21 - 1982: Bananarama, #5 UK
"Everybody Needs Love" The Temptations Eddie Holland Jr. - - - 1967: Gladys Knight & the Pips, #39 pop, #3 R&B
1966 "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" The Temptations Eddie Holland Jr. 13 1 21 1974: The Rolling Stones, #17 pop
1989: Rick Astley, #89 pop
"Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" The Temptations Eddie Holland Jr. 3 1 18 1989: Aswad, #31 UK
"(I Know) I'm Losing You" The Temptations Eddie Holland Jr., Cornelius Grant 8 1 19 1970: Rare Earth, #7 pop, #20 R&B
1971: Rod Stewart and the Faces, #24 pop
1986: Uptown, #87 pop
1967 "Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got" Jimmy Ruffin Barrett Strong 29 14 26 1969: Marvin Gaye (#67 pop, #27 R&B)
"Don't You Miss Me a Little Bit Baby" Jimmy Ruffin Barrett Strong, Rodger Penzabene 68 27 -
"You're My Everything" The Temptations Cornelius Grant, Rodger Penzabene 6 3 -
"(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need " The Temptations Eddie Holland Jr. 14 3 -
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Gladys Knight & the Pips Barrett Strong 2 1 47 1968: King Curtis & The Kingpins, #83 pop
1968: Marvin Gaye, #1 pop, #1 R&B, #1 UK
1974: Marvin Gaye, #53 UK (reissue)
1976: Creedence Clearwater Revival, #43 pop
1981: Roger, #79 pop, #1 R&B
1986: Edwin Starr, #83 UK
1986: Marvin Gaye, #8 UK (reissue)
1988: The California Raisins, #84 pop
1968 "I Wish It Would Rain" The Temptations Barrett Strong, Rodger Penzabene 4 1 45 1968: Gladys Knight & the Pips, #41 pop, #15 R&B
1973: The Faces, #8 UK
"The End of Our Road" Gladys Knight & the Pips Barrett Strong, Rodger Penzabene 15 5 - 1970: Marvin Gaye, #40 pop, #7 R&B
"I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)" The Temptations Barrett Strong, Rodger Penzabene 13 1 47
"It Should Have Been Me" Gladys Knight & the Pips William "Mickey" Stevenson 14 3 - 1976: Yvonne Fair, #85 pop, #5 UK
1991: Adeva, #48 UK
"Please Return Your Love to Me" The Temptations Barrett Strong 26 4 -
"Cloud Nine" The Temptations Barrett Strong 6 2 15 1969: Mongo Santamaria, #32 pop, #33 R&B
1969 "Runaway Child, Running Wild" The Temptations Barrett Strong 6 1 -
"Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" Marvin Gaye Barrett Strong, Janie Bradford 4 1 5 1969: The Billy Mitchell Group, #49 R&B
1970: The Young Vandals, #46 R&B
1972: Mardi Gras, #19 UK
"Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down" The Temptations Barrett Strong 20 2 -
"I Can't Get Next to You" The Temptations Barrett Strong 1 1 13 1970: Al Green, #60 pop, #11 R&B
"Message from a Black Man" The Temptations Barrett Strong - - - 1970: The Whatnauts, #99 pop, #19 R&B
"That's the Way Love Is" Marvin Gaye Barrett Strong 7 2 -
"Friendship Train" Gladys Knight & the Pips Barrett Strong 17 2 -
"Don't Let Him Take Your Love from Me" The Four Tops Barrett Strong 45 25 -
1970 "How Can I Forget" Marvin Gaye Barrett Strong 41 18 -
"Psychedelic Shack" The Temptations Barrett Strong 7 2 33
"You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You)" Gladys Knight & the Pips Barrett Strong 25 3 - 2000: Tom Jones and Heather Small, #24 UK
"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) " The Temptations Barrett Strong 3 2 7
"War" Edwin Starr Barrett Strong 1 3 3 1986: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (live), #8 pop, #18 UK
"Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World)" The Temptations Barrett Strong 33 8 -
"I Gotta Let You Go" Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 93 43 -
"Stop the War Now" Edwin Starr Barrett Strong 26 5 33
1971 "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" The Temptations Barrett Strong 1 1 8 1984: Lillo Thomas, #79 R&B
1998: The McGanns, #59 UK
2008: Boyz II Men, #83 R&B
"Save My Love for a Rainy Day" The Undisputed Truth Rodger Penzabene - 43 -
"Funky Music Sho' 'Nuff Turns Me On" Edwin Starr Barrett Strong 64 6 - 1972: The Temptations, #27 R&B
1974: Yvonne Fair, #32 R&B
2000: The Utah Saints, #23 UK
"Smiling Faces Sometimes " The Undisputed Truth Barrett Strong 3 2 -
"It's Summer" The Temptations Barrett Strong 51 29 -
"Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are) " The Temptations Barrett Strong 18 8 32
"You Make Your Own Heaven and Hell Right Here on Earth " The Undisputed Truth Barrett Strong 72 24 -
1972 "What It Is" The Undisputed Truth Barrett Strong 71 35 -
"Take a Look Around" The Temptations Barrett Strong 30 10 13
"Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" The Undisputed Truth Barrett Strong 63 24 - 1972: The Temptations, #1 pop, #5 R&B, #14 UK
1982: Wolf, #55 pop, #47 R&B
1987: The Temptations (remix) #31 UK
1990: Was (Not Was), #60 R&B, #12 UK
1973 "Masterpiece" The Temptations 7 1 53
"Mama I Got a Brand New Thing (Don't Say No)" The Undisputed Truth 46 46 -
"Law of the Land" The Undisputed Truth - 40 - 1973: The Temptations, #41 UK
"The Plastic Man" The Temptations 40 8 -
"Hey Girl (I Like Your Style) " The Temptations 35 2 -
"Hum Along and Dance" Rare Earth Barrett Strong - 95 -
"You've Got My Soul on Fire" Edwin Starr - 40 54
"Let Your Hair Down" The Temptations 27 1 -
1974 "Heavenly" The Temptations 43 8 -
"You've Got My Soul on Fire" The Temptations 74 8 -
"Help Yourself" The Undisputed Truth 63 19 -
"I'm a Fool for You" The Undisputed Truth - 39 -
"Walk Out the Door If You Wanna" Yvonne Fair - 60 -
1975 "UFO's" The Undisputed Truth - 62 -
"Love Ain't No Toy" Yvonne Fair - 96 - 1987: Amii Stewart, #99 UK
"Higher Than High" The Undisputed Truth - 77 -
1976 "Car Wash" Rose Royce 1 1 9 1988: Rose Royce, #20 UK (reissue)
1998: Rose Royce, #18 UK (reissue)
"You Gotta Believe" The Pointer Sisters - 14 -
1977 "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" Rose Royce - - 44
"You + Me = Love" The Undisputed Truth 48 37 43 1989: The Funky Worm, "U + Me = Love", #46 UK
"Let's Go Down to the Disco" The Undisputed Truth 68 -
"I Wanna Get Next to You" Rose Royce 10 3 14 1998: Christión, #32 R&B
"I'm Going Down" Rose Royce 70 10 - 1995: Mary J. Blige, #22 pop, #13 R&B, #12 UK
"Do Your Dance" Rose Royce Dwight Turner 39 4 30
"Ooh Boy" Rose Royce 72 3 - 1980: Rose Royce, #46 UK (reissue)
1978 "All American Funkathon" Willie Hutch Willie Hutch - 62 -
"Theme Song from Which Way Is Up?" Stargard 21 1 19
"It Makes You Feel Like Dancin'" Rose Royce - - 15
"What You Waiting For" Stargard - 4 39
1979 "First Come, First Serve" Rose Royce - 65 -
"Show Time" The Undisputed Truth - 55 -
"I'm in Love (And I Love the Feeling)" Rose Royce - 5 51
1980 "Pop Your Fingers" Rose Royce - 60 -
1981 "Golden Touch" Rose Royce Mark Kenoly, Walter Downing - 56 -
"High on the Boogie" Stargard - 70 -
"R.R. Express" Rose Royce - - 52
1982 "1990" Dr. America - 51 -
1983 "Ready for Some Action " June Pointer - 28 -
"Miss Busy Body (Get Your Body Busy) " The Temptations Angelo Bond - 67 -
1984 "Sail Away" The Temptations Angelo Bond 54 13 -
1989 "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka " The Gap Band William Bryant II - 14 63

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Songs written by Norman Whitfield, MusicVF.com. Retrieved 8 September 2014
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research.
  4. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-717931-6.