Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
The Temptations

And Mama just hung her head and said,
"Son, Papa was a rolling stone.
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was alone."

Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972 for one week
  • peaked at No. 14 on the UK Singles chart in 1973
  • RIAA certified Platinum record
  • from the album All Directions (1972)
  • 1972 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Group
  • 1972 Grammy Award for R&B Song of the Year
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #169 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • the fourth and final No. 1 single on the Hot 100 for The Temptations
  • the single (45rpm) version that was released Sept 28, 1972 was an edit (6min 54s) from the album track version (11min 47s)
  • lead vocals: Otis "Damon" Harris
  • written by Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong
  • produced by Norman Whitfield
  • recorded at Hitsville USA (Studio A)
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