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Norman Jesse Whitfield was born on the 12th May 1940, in Harlem, New York City, USA, and was a songwriter, music producer and arranger, and is best known for his collaboration with Berry Gordy’s record label – Motown – for which he wrote numerous hit singles such as “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”, “War”, “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” among plenty of others. He was also widely recognized for his work with The Temptations, producing eight of their studio albums, as well as for his own record label Whitfield Records. Norman passed away in 2008.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth he accumulated for life? How rich would Norman Whitefield be today? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of Norman Whitfield’s net worth, as of early 2017, would exceed the sum of $10 million, acquired by his prosperous career in the music industry which spanned almost 50 years.

Norman Whitfield Net Worth $10 million

Norman was raised in Harlem where he spent the majority of his spare time in pool halls. After moving to Detroit, Michigan, with his family in his late teens, he matriculated from Northwestern High School. His first professional engagement came at his age of 19, when he began serving in Motown headquarters Hitsville U.S.A. in its quality control department. This engagement provided the basis for Norman Whitfield’s net worth and also helped him to set his foot in the world of songwriting.

His songwriting career began in the early 1960s when he was included in co-writing The Marvelettes’ hit single “Too Many Fish in the Sea”, Marvin Gaye’s “Pride & Joy” and later “Needle in a Haystack” written for The Velvelettes. However, his real breakthrough came in 1966 when Whitfield became the main producer for The Temptations music group. During the next 12 years ‘til 1974, he produced all the group’s material, including eight studio albums, and also wrote a dozen of their hit singles. After 1968, Whitfield turned towards darker and harder sound, blending funk and psychedelic rock. He also changed the main subjects of his lyrics, from love to social issues such as politics, war and poverty. Later that year his “Cloud Nine”, performed by The Temptations was honored with a prestigious Grammy Award which was followed by another Grammy for “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” which was released in 1973. All these accomplishments provided a significant boost to Norman Whitfield’s wealth.

In 1975 he split with Motown and founded his own record label – Whitfield Records. Some of his first projects included releasing The Undisputed Truth’s hit single “You + Me = Love”. In 1976, Whitfield wrote and produced Rose Royce’s hit single “Car Wash” which in 1977 served as the main theme for Michael Schultz’s eponymous comedy movie “Car Wash”, and earned him another Grammy Award. Doubtlessly, all these ventures made positive impact on Whitfield’s net worth.

In 1983, Whitfield teamed up with Motown again, and produced The Temptations’ hit single “Sailing Away” while in 1985 he produced the original soundtrack of another Schultz movie, the martial arts cult classic – “The Last Dragon”. In 2004, Norman was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. It is certain that these achievements helped Whitfield to further increase his wealth.

When it comes to his personal life, Norman Whitfield managed to keep it private – he had five children but details of their mother(s) is lacking. In 2005 he faced tax evasion charges – apparently between 1995 and 1999 he earned around $500,000 per year but failed to report a total income of over $2 million. He pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay $25,000 fine and spend the next six months in house confinement.

After several years fighting diabetes, Norman Whitfield passed away at the age of 68, on the 16th September 2008 in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He was survived by his daughter and four sons from who he had eight grandchildren.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sister, Sister 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stars in Their Eyes 1994-1996 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Dead Presidents 1995 writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me", "Smiling Faces Sometimes"
Moonlight and Valentino 1995 writer: "I Can't Get Next To You"
The Big Breakfast 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Panther 1995/I writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me"
Destiny Turns on the Radio 1995 writer: "Just my imagination running away with me" - as Norman I. Whitfield
Friday 1995 writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", "I Wanna Get Next to You"
Tommy Boy 1995 "Ain't Too Proud To Beg"
The Walking Dead 1995 writer: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "Smiling Faces Sometimes"
Martin 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Seinfeld 1994-1995 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Little Giants 1994 writer: "CAR WASH"
Above the Rim 1994 as N. Whitfield, "Holler If Ya Hear Me" / writer: "Holler If Ya Hear Me" - as N. Whitfield
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 writer: "Ball of Confusion That's What the World Is Today"
Madonna: The Girlie Show - Live Down Under 1993 TV Movie documentary writer: "Rain" - as N. Whitfield
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Last Light 1993 TV Movie writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Sjans 1992 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Backdraft 1991 writer: "War"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Wonder Years 1988-1990 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Quantum Leap 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Raisins Sold Out: The California Raisins II 1990 TV Movie writer: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Going Overboard 1989 writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me"
K-9 1989 writer: "CAR WASH"
Moonlighting 1986-1989 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Midnight Caller 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 producer: "War" / writer: "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka", "War"
Short Circuit 2 1988 writer: "I Heard it Through the Grapevine"
Coming to America 1988 writer: "Pride And Joy"
Dolly 1988 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Crash Course 1988 TV Movie writer: "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" - uncredited
Eddie Murphy: Raw 1987 Documentary "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" / producer: "Ain't Too Proud To Beg"
Hamburger Hill 1987 writer: "I Wish It Would Rain"
Otto - Der Neue Film 1987 writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Gardens of Stone 1987 writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Making Mr. Right 1987 writer: "Too Many Fish In The Sea"
The Hitchhiker 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live 1979-1986 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
227 1986 TV Series writer - 1 episode
One More Saturday Night 1986 producer: "War" / writer: "War"
Ruthless People 1986 writer: "Wherever I Lay My Hat That's My Home"
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Emu's All Live Pink Windmill Show 1986 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary writer: "That's the way Love is"
6.20 Soul Train 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Last Dragon 1985 producer: "The Last Dragon", "Stand Your Ground", "The Final Test" / writer: "The Last Dragon", "Stand Your Ground", "The Final Test"
Fame TV Series writer - 1 episode, 1985 lyrics - 1 episode, 1982 music - 1 episode, 1982
DTV: Rock, Rhythm & Blues 1984 Video writer: "Friendship Train", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
The Big Chill 1983 writer: "Ain't Too Proud to Beg", "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Girl Groups: The Story of a Sound 1983 TV Movie documentary writer: "Needle in a Haystack"
Airplane II: The Sequel 1982 writer: "Car Wash"
Let's Spend the Night Together 1982 Documentary "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me"
WKRP in Cincinnati 1981 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Only Fools and Horses.... 1981 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Where the Buffalo Roam 1980 writer: "Papa Was A Rollin Stone"
Pacific Inferno 1979 lyrics: "WAR" - as N. Whitfield / music: "WAR" - as N. Whitfield
Bassie en Adriaan en het geheim van de sleutel 1979 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
The Stud 1978 music: "Car Wash" - uncredited
Which Way Is Up? 1977 lyrics: "Which Way Is Up?" / music: "Which Way Is Up?"
Rock Concert 1974-1977 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Strictly Come Dancing 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Starparade 1977 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mafia III 2016 Video Game writer: "I Wish It Would Rain" - uncredited
The Richard Pryor Special? 1977 TV Special writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Bridget Jones's Baby 2016 writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour 1977 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont 2016 writer: "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"
Car Wash 1976 music: "Richard Pryor Dialogue" / producer: "Car Wash", "6 O'Clock DJ Let's Rock", "I Wanna Get Next to You", "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is", "Zig Zag", "Mid Day DJ Theme", "Daddy Rich", "I'm Going Down", "Sunrise", "Righteous Rhythm", "Water", "Doin' What Comes Naturally", "Keep On Keepin' On" / writer: "Car Wash", "6 O'Clock DJ Let's Rock", "I Wanna Get Next to You", "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is", "Zig Zag", "Mid Day DJ Theme", "Daddy Rich", "Richard Pryor Dialogue", "I'm Going Do
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 2016 writer: "War"
Aloha, Bobby and Rose 1975 writer: "Just My Imagination"
The Nice Guys 2016 writer: "PAPA WAS A ROLLIN' STONE"
Save the Children 1973 Documentary writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
The Blacklist 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
This Is Tom Jones 1970 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Live Another Day 2016 Documentary writer: "Ain't Too Proud To Beg"
The Ed Sullivan Show 1969 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Britain's Got More Talent 2015-2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Jonathan Winters Show 1969 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Vinyl 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Go!! Show 1966 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
It's What's Happening, Baby! 1965 TV Special writer: "Pride and Joy"
Woodlawn 2015 writer: "Friendship Train"
Shindig! 1964-1965 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
The X Factor 2010-2015 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The T.A.M.I. Show 1964 Documentary writer: "Pride and Joy"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
888.com World Grand Prix 2015 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Mulaney 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
UK Championship Snooker 2014 TV Series writer - 7 episodes
Today 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2008-2014 TV Series writer - 6 episodes
The Equalizer 2014 writer: "Friendship Train"
School Dance 2014 writer: "Just My Immagination Running Away With Me" - as Whitfield, Norman
Ochéntame... otra vez 2014 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
4 Minute Mile 2014 writer: "I Wish It Would Rain" - as Norman J. Whitfield
Small Time 2014 writer: "I Know I'm Losing You'
Scandal 2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Voice UK 2012-2014 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Ride Along 2014 writer: "I Wanna Get Next To You"
Grudge Match 2013 writer: "War"
American Hustle 2013 writer: "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Video Game writer: "Smiling Faces Sometimes"
Mademoiselle C 2013 Documentary "People Movin'"
Rude Tube 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
That Music Show 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Turbo 2013 writer: "Eye of the Tiger / Holler If Ya Hear Me"
Britain's Got Talent 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Roth Show 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Office 2008-2012 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Revolution 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Duets 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Eureka 2010-2012 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Voice 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sapphires 2012 writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" - as Norman J. Whitfield
Foodfight! 2012 writer: "I Heard it Through the Grapevyne" - as Norman J. Whitfield
American Idol 2003-2012 TV Series writer - 7 episodes
Smash 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Think Like a Man 2012 writer: "I Can't Get Next To You"
Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon 2011 Documentary writer: "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" - as Norman J Whitfield
The Celebrity Apprentice Australia 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nuit blanche 2011/I writer: "PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE" by nm1100552
The Xtra Factor 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Warehouse 13 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2011 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Zookeeper 2011 writer: "Ball of Confusion That's What the World Is Today" - as Norman J. Whitfield
So You Think You Can Dance 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Supernatural 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Modern Family 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son 2011 writer: "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World 2011 Video documentary writer: "Cloud 9", "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series music - 1 episode
Gulliver's Travels 2010 writer: "WAR" - as Norman J. Whitfield
Eastbound & Down 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
X Factor 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Detroit 1-8-7 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Formula 1: BBC Sport 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Live from Daryl's House 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
20 to 1 2008-2010 TV Series documentary writer - 5 episodes
Death at a Funeral 2010 writer: "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" - as Norman J. Whitfield
Unsung 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Perfect Host 2010 writer: "Car Wash"
Friday Night Lights 2009 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Two and a Half Men 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Electric Dreams 2009 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Halloween II 2009 writer: "I Know I'm Losing You"
Little New York 2009 writer: "Smiling Faces Sometimes"
Wir sind Kaiser 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Blood: The Last Vampire 2009 writer: "War"
Fired Up! 2009 writer: "Knockin' Boots"
The Brothers Bloom 2008 writer: " I Know I'm Losing You" - as Norman J. Whitfield
Easy Virtue 2008 writer: "Car Wash" - as Nick Whitfield
Flash of Genius 2008 writer: "Too Many Fish in the Sea" - as Norman Whitfield Jr.
Psych 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tropic Thunder 2008 writer: "Ball of Confusion That's What The World Is Today" 1970 - as Norman J. Whitfield
Idols 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Baby Mama 2008 writer: "Back Again" - as Norman Jesse Whitfield
It Takes Two 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols! 2004-2008 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Shine a Light 2008 Documentary writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me" - as W. Norman
The Wire 2003-2008 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Idols 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Singing Bee 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Brave One 2007 writer: "I Can't Get Next To You" - as Norman J. Whitfield
Rush Hour 3 2007 writer: "War" - as Norman J. Whitfield
Eye See Me 2007 "Cloud Nine"
The Sopranos 2000-2007 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Deutschland sucht den Superstar 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Are We Done Yet? 2007 writer: "I Can't Get Next to You" - as Norman J. Whitfield
29 und noch Jungfrau 2007 TV Movie writer: "Car Wash"
Jools's Hootenanny 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ultimate Sessions 2006 Video documentary writer: "Car Wash"
Duet Impossible 2006 TV Special writer: "I Heard It Through The Grape Vine"
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Everybody Hates Chris 2005-2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury 2006 TV Movie documentary writer: "War"
SingStar Rocks! 2006 Video Game writer: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne 2003-2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Science of Sleep 2006 writer: "Big John Is My Name"
Big Momma's House 2 2006 writer: "Back Again"
Glory Road 2006 writer: "I Can't Get Next to You" - as Norman J. Whitfield
Munich 2005 writer: "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
Karaoke Revolution Party 2005 Video Game as Norman J. Whitfield, "Ain't Too Proud To Beg"
Veronica Mars 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sunday Driver 2005 Documentary writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away with Me", "Ball of Confusion That's What the World Is Today" - as Norman J Whitfield
Romanzo criminale 2005 writer: "I heard it through the grapevine", "I heard it through the Grapevine"
Just Like Heaven 2005 writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away with Me" - as Norman J. Whitfield
The Simpsons 1997-2005 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Elizabethtown 2005 writer: "I Can't Get Next to You" 1964 - as Norman J. Whitfield
Four Brothers 2005 as Norman J. Whitfield, "CLOUD NINE", "I WISH IT WOULD RAIN", "TAKE A LOOK AROUND", "PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE", "SMILING FACES SOMETIMES"
Motown: The Early Years 2005 TV Movie documentary writer: "Needle in a Haystack", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg"
Guy X 2005 writer: "War"
Slovensko hladá SuperStar 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hitch 2005/I writer: "I Can't Get Next to You" 1969 - as Norman J. Whitfield
Idool 2004 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shark Tale 2004 writer: "Car Wash Shark Tale Mix"
Eulogy 2004 writer: "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" - as Norman J. Whitfield
Canadian Idol 2003-2004 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers 2004 writer: "I Heard it Through the Grapevine"
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle 2004 writer: "I Wanna Get Next to You" - as Norman Jesse Whitfield
New York Minute 2004/I writer: "War" - as Norman J. Whitfield
New Zealand Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London 2004 writer: "War"
Never Die Alone 2004 writer: "I Want to Get Next to You"
Along Came Polly 2004 writer: "LUV ME LUV ME"
Cheaper by the Dozen 2003 writer: "Back Again"
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Gothika 2003 writer: "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"
Idols 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Celebridade 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Fighting Temptations 2003 as Norman Jesse Whitfield, "Back Again"
In the Cut 2003 music: "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me"
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 "Just My Imagination Running Away with Me"
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Bernie Mac Show 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idool 2003 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cradle 2 the Grave 2003 writer: "Fireman" - as N. Whitfield
Tupac: Resurrection 2003 Documentary writer: "Holler If Ya' Hear Me"
Dark Blue 2002 writer: "Homicide"
City by the Sea 2002 writer: "Pride and Joy" - as Norman J. Whitfield
Sex and the City 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Party at the Palace: The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace 2002 TV Movie documentary writer: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
Undercover Brother 2002 writer: "Car Wash"
Standing in the Shadows of Motown 2002 Documentary as Norman J. Whitfield, "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", "Cloud Nine", "Girl Why You Wanna Make Me Blue", "Ball Of Confusion That's What The World Is Today", "Pride And Joy"
Bad Company 2002 writer: "Anything For You Divine Mill Film Re-Mix" - as Norman J. Whitfield
Don't Say a Word 2001 writer: "Pride and Joy" - as Norman J. Whitfield
High Heels and Low Lifes 2001 writer: "War"
The Invisible Circus 2001 writer: "Cloud 9"
Top of the Pops TV Series 1 episode, 1977 writer - 3 episodes, 1977 - 2000
Remember the Titans 2000 writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", "Superstar Remember How You Got Where You Are", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg"
Men of Honor 2000 writer: "I Wish It Would Rain"
Duets 2000 writer: "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me"
Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Divisible 2000 TV Movie documentary writer: "War"
Boys and Girls 2000 writer: "Car Wash The Pop Rox Car Jack Remix"
Honest 2000 writer: "Take a Stroll thru Your Mind"
The '70s 2000 TV Movie writer: "Papa Was a Rolling Stone", "Smiling Faces Sometimes" - uncredited
Steal This Movie 2000 writer: "War" - as Norman J. Whitfield
Malcolm in the Middle 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dawson's Creek 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Xena: Warrior Princess 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Our Friend, Martin 1999 Video writer: "Friendship Train"
Bringing Out the Dead 1999 writer: "Too Many Fish in the Sea" - as Norman J. Whitfield
Pitch People 1999 Documentary writer: "Cloud Nine"
Family Law 1999 TV Series writer: "War"
Futurama 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Mod Squad 1999 writer: "Car Wash"
Everybody Loves Raymond 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Boy Meets World 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rush Hour 1998 writer: "War"
Safe Men 1998 writer: "Car Wash"
How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 writer: - as N. Whitfield / writer: "Luv Me, Luv Me"
Soul Music Festival: Part IV 1998 TV Movie writer: "I Wanna Get Next To You", "Car Wash" - uncredited
Small Soldiers 1998 writer: "War"
Hope Floats 1998 writer: "I Can't Get Next to You"
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Real Women 1998 TV Series writer: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Red Corner 1997 writer: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
Money Talks 1997 writer: "Car Wash"
Chicago Hope 1995-1997 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Private Parts 1997 writer: "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"
Where 'D' Girls 'R' 1996 writer: "Ohh Boy"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last Dragon 1985 composer: additional score
Car Wash 1976 music producer

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Car Wash 1976

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Songwriters Hall of Fame 2004 TV Movie Himself - Inductee
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1965 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Family Law (1999)
2000 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Family Law (1999) · Barrett Strong
1977 Best Music Cannes Film Festival Car Wash (1976)
1977 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special Car Wash (1976)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1986 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Original Song The Last Dragon (1985) · Bruce Miller
1977 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Car Wash (1976)


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#Fact
1 He wanted Berry Gordy (head of Motown Records) to have Marvin Gaye record "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". This was after Gordy had rejected the idea of recording it with Gaye, the Miracles, or the Isley Brothers. Whitfield gave the song to Gladys Knight and the Pips, who made it Motown's bestselling single at the time. Gordy then agreed to have Gaye record it, and Gaye's version remains Motown's biggest hit single.
2 He was a longtime Motown producer and founded his own record label, Whitfield Records, in 1973.
3 He co-wrote "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone", "Ball of Confusion", "War", "Smilin' Faces", and "Just My Imagination (Runnin' Away with Me)".
4 Survived by his daughter, Irasha; sons, Norman; Michael; Johnnie; and Roland; a brother, Bill; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
5 1976 Grammy winner for Best Original TV or Motion Picture score for Car Wash (1976).
6 1972 Grammy winner for Best R&B Song for "Papa Was a Rolling Stone.".
7 Co-wrote many songs with Barrett Strong.
8 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.


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