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The Undisputed Truth

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The Undisputed Truth was a 1970s Motown recording act, assembled by record producer Norman Whitfield as a means for being able to experiment with his psychedelic soul production techniques. Joe Harris served as main lead singer, with Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce, formerly of The Delicates, on additional leads and background vocals.

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The group’s music and unusual costuming (large Afros and white makeup) typified the then-popular trend of “psychedelic soul”. A number of their singles became minor hits, and many of them were also songs for Whitfield’s main act The Temptations, among them “You Make Your Own Heaven and Hell Right Here on Earth” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”. Their single Top 40 hit in the United States was the ominous “Smiling Faces Sometimes”, also originally recorded by The Temptations, which hit #3 on the US pop charts in 1971.

The Undisputed Truth, along with Rose Royce and Willie Hutch, followed Whitfield during his exodus from Motown to set up Whitfield Records in 1975. At this time, Calvin and Joyce left the group, and Harris was joined by new members Taka Boom, Tyrone “Lil Ty” Barkley, and Calvin “Dhaak” Stephenson. The group’s costuming and style changed as well, becoming even more unusual and Funkadelic-influenced.

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  • low-tekk

    one of the best bands ever, thanks Norman Whitfield

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • leVadique

    это что-то!!!!!

    20 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    one of my uncle's favs

    24 Jan 2014 Reply
  • gnerfi73

    now in my favorites ... great song!

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • Nice_Paranoia

    Legen - wait for it - dary! LEGENDARY!

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • BoBs933

    Суперские чуваки

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • BoBs933

    Очень рад такой находке

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • SunMan24

    отлично ребята месят

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • drastic67

    all i can say is wow

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • silverlage

    how did they get away with these awesome outfits in the 70s?

    8 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Buuze

    They made the original version of Papa Was a Rollin' Stone!

    18 Nov 2010 Reply
  • bandler

    supa dupa funky great lyrics too!

    26 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Fabiozmusic

    wow and i didnt know about this! awsome band!

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
  • onechoofreefar

    oooh yeeeaaahhh baby! that's tha truth..

    1 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Konijn22

    I bought my self a brand new cd: the Undisputed truth collection. I own a record store and couldn't order one of the regular albums, so that's why i choose this collection. Unfortunately 'Like a rolling stone' isn't one of the tracks, and as I've been a huge Dylan fan i'm really curious for the Undisputed truth version. So i have to look further for the self titled album. But the music sounds very good so far. (note: the cd includes 'Papa was a rolling stone' though)

    30 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Worstidever

    excuse me, Eirc.

    30 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Worstidever

    Nah, Eric probably meant Like A Rolling Stone, which The Undisputed Truth did a version of on the album "The Undisputed Truth". Note: They also did Papa was a rolling stone as well.

    30 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Konijn22

    I think Eric ment 'Papa was a rolling stone' and not Dylan's 'like a rolling stone'.

    28 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Marxism1

    overlooked.

    31 Dec 2009 Reply
  • cnmuc

    Legendary.

    10 Jul 2009 Reply
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