History lesson: “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” is considered one of the most influential soul songs ever. First written for The Undisputed Truth in 1971, it was covered first by The Temptations in 1972–which made it very famous. The Temptations’ version went on to win three grammies (back when that meant something) in 1973 and reached #1 on Billboard Hot 100. The same year, this rocksteady cover by The Pioneers was released, and is our favorite rendition of this song.
Look for it on Erin’s Escape Brooklyn Playlist, coming soon!