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Barrett Strong: Stronghold

John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

IT'S STRANGE to think that without Barrett Strong, it is quite conceivable that the whole Motown empire would have never gotten off the floor because it was Barrett who, back in late 1959, put the name of Tamla into the charts for the very first time with 'Money (That's What I Want)', a song that Berry Gordy Jr. co-wrote himself. Now, sixteen full years later, Barrett is having to start all over again as an entertainer in his own right, having spent the in-between years writing and producing.

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