Legendary Michigan Songs

20.) Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong

Artist Name: Barrett Strong
Year Inducted: 2008

"Money (That's What I Want)" (J. Bradford, B. Gordy) - Barrett Strong;  Anna label,  # 2 Billboard R&B, # 23 Billboard Hot 100 - 1960.  Inducted in 2008.

"Money" was just the second hit issued on the fledgling Tamla label. It was written by Berry Gordy, Janie Bradford, and Barrett Strong late in 1959. Because Gordy didn't have enough money at this time to distribute the record nationally, he released it on his sister Gwen's Anna label that had a national distribution deal with Chess Records in Chicago.

"Money" became a # 2 hit on the R&B chart as well as a # 23 hit on the Hot 100 early in 1960. As a result of its success, Berry Gordy soon took the plunge and began distributing his own records later that year.

Barrett Strong never really wanted to sing, however, and "Money" would be his only hit recording. Strong's real talents were as both a piano player and a songwriter. Barrett would go on to co-write many classic Motown hits during the 60's and 70's including "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "War", and "Cloud Nine". 

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