Ann Delisi’s Essential Conversations: Barrett Strong

Barrett Strong tells Ann Delisi the history behind Motown hit songs “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Money (That’s What I Want)”


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WDET presents Ann Delisi’s Essential Conversations podcast. 

Hosted by Detroit storyteller Ann Delisi, this interview series recognizes the creative spirit of local and national celebrities. 

In each episode, Delisi sits down with local and nationally recognized professionals in the fields of music, news and the arts for insightful conversations exploring their work and inspiration.

In episode seven, Delisi speaks with Barrett Strong, and at 75 years old, he recounted strories about how some of the greatest Motown hits were created.

“The radio would only play three minutes of something” reminisces Strong. “If you go over three minutes, you’re in trouble. So, six minutes, twelve minutes, was unheard of.”

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  • Ann Delisi
    Ann Delisi hosts Essential Music, the Essential Conversations podcast series and the Essential Cooking broadcast and podcast. Born and raised in the Motor City, Ann is a broadcaster, interviewer, producer, music host, storyteller and proud Detroiter.