Norman Whitfield, the Motown producer and songwriter dies in Los Angeles

September 18th, 2008 - 6:04 pm ICT by David M N James  

Norman Whitfield deadLegendary Motown producer and songwriter Norman Whitfield is dead.

Norman has died aged 68 from an ongoing battle with diabetes and other ailments in a Los Angeles hospital. He was a renowned award-winning Motown songwriter who co-wrote “I Heard It through the Grapevine” and “War” which has been a very popular hit in the States over the years.

News about Whitfield’s death has been scanty since he is believed to have passed away on Tuesday. However, little has been mentioned and told away about it.

Whitfield was 67 years old and has a record of having been such a wonderful person who worked at the legendary label in the ’60s and ’70s. He credited for adding a rock edge to soul music. In the list on the many his hits associated with him, he co-wrote them with Barrett Strong. Strong was with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. They won a Grammy in 1972 for Papa Was A Rolling Stone by The Temptations. He has been called one of the most prolific songwriters and record producers of our time. Norman died of diabetes complications.

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