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He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, but his story is a story of family turmoil ending in tragedy.
'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' climbed slowly but inexorably to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1968. It went on to hit number one in several other countries and sold 4 million copies worldwide. His subsequent album went No 1 on the R&B charts. Yet his authority-resenting complex was hitting in again, as he described feeling like a puppet with strings pulled by Gordon. When Tammi Terrell died of brain cancer in 1970, he took a respite from the music industry.
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