Songwriter Pleads Guilty In Royalty-Reporting Case

Norman Whitfield, who co-wrote R&B classics such as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," pleaded guilty to failing to report more than $2 million in royalty income, a

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Norman Whitfield, who co-wrote R&B classics such as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," pleaded guilty to failing to report more than $2 million in royalty income, authorities said.

The plea, entered Jan. 11, was part of a deal with the government that requires him to file delinquent tax returns, said Gary Tang, a spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service.

Whitfield, 64, is scheduled to be sentenced April 18.

He admitted to failing to file tax returns on about $600,000 a year between 1995 and 1999, costing the government $955,000 in tax revenue, Tang said.

In addition to writing songs, Whitfield has worked as a producer for the Temptations and others. His other hits include "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "War."

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