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Today in Music History: Barrett Strong is 74

Today in Music History: Barrett Strong is 74
Barrett Strong

Barrett Strong

History Highlight : Barrett Strong, the first artist to record a hit for Motown celebrates his 74th birthday today. Strong had many hits writing the lyrics for Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and The Temptations. Strong won a Grammy for writing the song, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," that was performed by The Temptations. But, for your history highlight let's play the song that scored Motown their first hit, and was the only hit for Strong as a vocalist, "Money (That's What I Want)."

Also, Today In : 1967 - "Hello, Goodbye" off Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles was the #1 single in the country.

1978 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer broke up.

1983 - Toto's "Africa" hit No. 1 in the U.S. singles charts

1999 - George Harrison was stabbed repeatedly during an attempted early morning robbery at his home near London. The 56-year-old musician and his wife Olivia struggled with the intruder and were able to hold him until the authorities got there. The couple recovered from their injuries at a nearby hospital.

Birthday : Christopher Guest, the actor, director, writer and musician — known for his work as guitarist Nigel Tufnel in This is Spinal Tap — is 67.

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