Duration
6:58
Year
1972
Type
Studio

Recording Dates

May 15, 1972 Hitsville U.S.A. Studio A, Detroit, MI Track recorded
June 14, 1972 Golden World Studios, Detroit, MI Lead vocals recorded
June 16, 1972 Golden World Studios, Detroit, MI Group vocals recorded
June 19, 1972 Golden World Studios, Detroit, MI New or additional lead vocals recorded
June 22, 1972 Golden World Studios, Detroit, MI Instrumental and miscellaneous overdubs recorded
June 28, 1972 Golden World Studios, Detroit, MI Horns and strings recorded

Alternate Versions Of This Recording

Recording Time Artist Type Year
Papa Was A Rollin' Stone [Instrumental] 4:50 The Temptations Studio 1972

Recording Credits

Producer Norman Whitfield
Lead Vocals Dennis Edwards, Damon Harris
Featured Vocals Richard Street, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams
Trumpet Solo Maurice Davis
Background Vocals Richard Street, Damon Harris, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams
Instrumentation The Funk Brothers
Horn Section Detroit Symphony Orchestra
String Section Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Guitar Paul Warren, Melvin Ragin, Unknown
Bass Unknown
Drums Unknown
Bongos Unknown
Tambourine Unknown
Trumpet Maurice Davis
Violin Unknown
Arrangements Paul Riser
Conductor Paul Riser
Handclaps Unknown

Appears On

Release Artist Released
The Complete Motown Singles | Vol. 12B: 1972 Various Artists December 10, 2013