Barrett Strong passed away on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the age of 81 in Detroit .
Barrett Strong is a legendary American singer and songwriter best known for his hit single “Money (That’s What I Want)” in 1959. The song was written by Strong and Berry Gordy and was the first hit single for Gordy’s Tamla Records (later known as Motown). It reached number two on the Billboard R&B chart and number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Barrett Strong was born in West Point, Mississippi in 1941 and began his career in music as a teenager. He began working with Berry Gordy in the late 1950s and together they wrote and produced several hit songs for Tamla Records, including “Money (That’s What I Want),” “Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go,” and “Too Many Fish in the Sea.”
In addition to his success as a songwriter and performer, Strong is also known for his distinctive vocal style, which is characterized by its powerful and emotive delivery. He has been compared to other iconic singers such as James Brown and Otis Redding.
Despite his early success in the music industry, Strong’s career was plagued by a number of personal and professional setbacks, including drug addiction and financial struggles. However, he continued to write and record music and released several albums throughout his career, including “The Return of Barrett Strong” in 1962 and “Black Man’s Soul” in 1973.
Today, Barrett Strong’s legacy continues to live on through his music, which continues to be celebrated and celebrated by fans and music lovers all over the world. His hit single, “Money (That’s What I Want)” has been covered by numerous artists and has been featured in countless films, television shows, and commercials.
In conclusion, Barrett Strong is a pioneering figure in the world of music, and his contributions to the industry are still felt today. His hit single “Money (That’s What I Want)” will always be remembered as a classic and his unique voice and emotive delivery will continue to inspire future generations of musicians.