He is credited as being one of the creators of the Motown Sound, as well as one of the major instrumental figues in the late-60s sub-genre of psychedelic soul.
Whitfield left Motown in 1973 and created Whitfield Records, garnering chart success with Rose Royce, who started out as Edwin Starr's backing group. He won a Grammy Award in 1976 for his work on the "Car Wash" film soundtrack. He later retired from music in the late '80s.
The final months of his life were spent at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, undergoing treatment for diabetes and other ailments.
Norman Whitfield Discography
- 3 Remix
- 1 Vocals
- 3 Instruments & Performance
- 1978 Writing & Arrangement
- 1 Conducting & Leading
- 648 Production
- 53 Technical
- 4 Visual
- 1 Acting, Literary & Spoken
- 1 Management
|6328 840, 6328840||Rose Royce, Pointer Sisters, Norman Whitfield||Rose Royce, Pointer Sisters, Norman Whitfield - Best Of Car Wash (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (LP)||MCA Records, MCA Records||6328 840, 6328840||Portugal||1976||Sell This Version|
|Norman Whitfield||Car Wash (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album)||MCA Records||Australia||1976||Sell This Version|
Singles & EPs
|Norman Whitfield||Car Wash (Single)||Rhythm & Soul (5), MCA Music Canada||Italy||1976||Sell This Version|
|PRO #7||Norman Whitfield||The Songs Of (LP, Promo, Comp)||Jobete Music Co., Inc.||PRO #7||US||1976||Sell This Version|