Billboard #1 Hits: #284: ” Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”- The Temptations. December 2, 1972. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”- The Temptations.
- Record Company- Gordy
- Genre: Psychedelic Soul
- Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
- Time: 6:54
- B-side: “Mother Nature”
- Album- All Directions
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #14 in UK Singles Chart.
“Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” was first recorded by Undisputed Truth in early 1982- it only made it to #63 on the singles chart. Then in the hands of The Temptations it became one of the 1970’s classic hits. Rolling Stone ranked it at #169 on their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list. It was also The Temptations final #1 hit. The Temptations were not happy with the recording because the instrumentation got more emphasis than the vocals.