CBS-FM is throwing you a FREE concert this Saturday at Eisenhower Park, and if you were there last summer, you know it’s a show not to be missed. This time around, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tavares[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards[/lastfm] will be on stage and you can be sure they will be playing you all their hits, including one that topped the charts in 1972.
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Temptations[/lastfm] released “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” on September 28, 1972 featuring lead vocals from Dennis Edwards, Melvin Franklin, Richard Street and Damon Harris. The song was written by Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, and was originally recorded by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Undisputed Truth[/lastfm] a year earlier, but only found moderate success.
There was a lot of friction in the studio during recording of the track. Allegedly, Edwards didn’t want to sing a verse of the song because it reminded him of his father’s death.
“It was the third of September/That day I’ll always remember/’cause that was the day/that my daddy died.”
Supposedly, Edwards’ father had died on September 3rd, but the truth is that he passed on October 3rd.
It’s also said that Whitfield infuriated Edwards by forcing him to re-record his verses dozens of times until he finally got the angered, bitter grumble he desired out of the usually fiery-toned Edwards. Though his tactics worked, it eventually led to the group firing him as their producer.
The Temptations Review performs “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” at the CBS-FM Family BBQ
“Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” would reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and would also win three GRAMMYs in 1973 for “Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group,” “Best R&B Instrumental,” and Whitfield and Barret Strong won for “Best R&B Song” as the song’s composers.
Remember to head over to Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater in Eisenhower Park this Saturday, July 23rd for Saturday in the Park, a FREE concert with The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards and Tavares!
Doors open at 2pm, so bring the family and enjoy this amazing FREE concert, courtesy of CBS-FM!
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