On ‘Tickets @ 2′ the song to listen for is “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” by The Temptations. It came out in 1973 and shot all the way to #1.
The hit was written by Motown songwriter Norman Whitfield. It was first recorded by The Undisputed Truth, but Whitfield also had The Temptations record it, with obvious greater success.
At first lead singer Dennis Edwards hated the song. His father, who was a preacher, died on September 3rd, the date in the first line of the song. He was irate at Whitfield for choosing that date, and was convinced it was not a coincidence.
When we play it between two and three we’ll take caller #20 at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) to win a pair of tickets to Grease Sing-A-Long at the historic Hollywood Bowl.