As I’m bringing you this update on a Sunday I thought I’d go for something a little more “spiritual” today. I’m sure many of you are aware that Barrett Strong recorded Motown’s first big hit with “Money” way back in 1959 and recorded right through until the early 80s. However, more than any of his other releases, Strong was probably better known for his songwriting alongside Norman Whitfield. Together they would pen legendary hits like “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, “War”, and most notably much of the Temptations’ late 60s/early 70s output.
Today’s choice vinyl cut sees Strong at his most funky, with the largely unknown but super cheap 45 “Stand Up And Cheer For The Preacher”. It’s no surprise when listening to this record that you can hear a lot of the similar sound to the Temptations at this period. I don’t know who all played on this track, but that guitar sound certainly sounds like Dennis Coffey. There’s some great strings on here as well as nice backing vocals and much like The Isley Brothers you’ll appreciate the journey from the late 50s r&b sound to the early/mid 70s funky vibe that they both progressed to. Stand up & cheer indeed!!