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Norman Whitfield

key, p, 1940-2008 US, Harlem
Musician / Songwriter / Arranger / Producer of R&B/Soul, Soundtrack and Electronic
A.k.a. Norman Jesse Whitfield

Norman Whitfield (born May 12th, 1940, in Harlem/New York - died September 16th, 2008, in Los Angeles) was an American songwriter and producer, best known for his work with Berry Gordy's Motown label during the 1960s. He is credited as being one of the creators of the Motown Sound, as well as one of the major instrumental figues in the late-60s sub-genre of psychedelic soul. Whitfield left Motown in 1973 and created Whitfield Records, garnering chart success with Rose Royce, who started out as Edwin Starr's backing group. He won a Grammy Award in 1976 for his work on the "Car Wash" film soundtrack. He later retired from music in the late '80s. The final months of his life were spent at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, undergoing treatment for diabetes and other ailments.

  • Keyboards
  • Piano
  • R&B/Soul
  • Soundtrack
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
I Wanna Get Next To You on Greatest Hits - Live by Rose Royce
Do Your Dance on Greatest Hits - Live by Rose Royce
Car Wash on Greatest Hits - Live by Rose Royce
I'm In Love (And I Love The Feeling) on Greatest Hits - Live by Rose Royce

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Band Members
Title Artist Year Type
Car Wash (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Norman Whitfield1976Album
The Songs OfNorman Whitfield1976Compil.
Car WashNorman WhitfieldSingle
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