Duration
3:34
Year
1972
Type
Studio

Recording Dates

September 3, 1971 Hitsville U.S.A. Studio A, Detroit, MI First version: Track recorded
March 4, 1972 Golden World Studios, Detroit, MI First version: Additional overdubs recorded
March 6, 1972 Golden World Studios, Detroit, MI First version: Additional overdubs recorded
March 8, 1972 Hitsville U.S.A. Studio A, Detroit, MI First version: Additional overdubs recorded
March 10, 1972 Hitsville U.S.A. Studio A, Detroit, MI Track recorded
March 13, 1972 Golden World Studios, Detroit, MI Instrumental overdubs recorded
March 17, 1972 Golden World Studios, Detroit, MI Instrumental overdubs recorded
March 20, 1972 Hitsville U.S.A. Studio A, Detroit, MI Instrumental overdubs recorded
March 23, 1972 Golden World Studios, Detroit, MI Strings and horns added
March 29, 1972 Hitsville U.S.A. Studio A, Detroit, MI Final overdubs recorded

Alternate Versions Of This Recording

Recording Time Artist Type Year
Papa Was A Rollin' Stone [Stereo Promo Version] 3:34 The Undisputed Truth Studio 1972

Recording Credits

Producer Norman Whitfield
Lead Vocals Joe Harris, Joyce Evans, Billie Rae Calvin
Background Vocals Joyce Evans, Billie Rae Calvin
Instrumentation The Funk Brothers
Guitar Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Bass Unknown
Organ Unknown
Drums Unknown
Percussion Unknown
Cowbell Unknown
Trumpet Unknown
Trombone Unknown
Baritone Saxophone Unknown
Violin Unknown
Horn Arrangements David Van De Pitte
String Arrangements David Van De Pitte
Rhythm Arrangements Norman Whitfield

Appears On

Release Artist Released
The Complete Motown Singles | Vol. 12A: 1972 Various Artists May 31, 2013