Barrett Strong, an artist, and songwriter who was present for the birth of Motown and had a key role in classic hits for the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Edwin Starr, and others, has died at the age of 31, APA reports.
Motown founder Berry Gordy said in a Sunday statement: “Barrett was not only a great singer and piano player, but he, along with his writing partner Norman Whitfield, created an incredible body of work, primarily with the Temptations. Their hit songs were revolutionary in sound and captured the spirit of the times, like “Cloud Nine” and the still relevant “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today).”
“My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. Barrett is an original member of the Motown family and will be missed by all of us.”