Composers: Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
This song made the Undisputed Truth a household name when it went to #3 in 1971. But the group really didn’t have any bigger hits and disbanded in 1981. Norman Whitfield, who co-wrote the song with Barrett Strong, used the “Truth” as a vehicle to his psychedelic productions and experimentations, but his other guinea pigs – The Temptations – were better at doing his music. The Tempts version appears on their classic album “The Sky’s the Limit”. I absolutely LOVE this album and can’t understand why it was and still is so under-rated today. The classic “Just My Imagination” is on this lp, which is Eddie Kendrick’s last Temptations outing, but you never hear any of the other tracks on radio today. I guess the songs aren’t short enough for today’s fast-paced radio. I will save my discussion of this lp and the mighty mighty HOF Temptations for another post, another day.
Here is the Undisputed Truth’s version of “Smiling Faces Sometimes”:
Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces Sometimes (1971)
And here is the Temptations’ version:
The Temptations – Smiling Faces Sometimes (1971)
Thanks for reading and voting. Now you can move on to part two (1/1/09) to see what other Motown Artists covered “Smiling Faces Sometimes” here.