Undisputed Truth was a 1970s Motown recording act, assembled by record
producer Norman Whitfield as a means for being able to experiment with
his psychedelic soul production techniques. Joe Harris served as main
lead singer, with Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce, formerly of The
Delicates, on additional leads and background vocals.
group's music and unusual costuming (large Afros and white makeup)
typified the then-popular trend of "psychedelic soul". A
number of their singles became minor hits, and many of them were also
songs for Whitfield's main act The Temptations, among them "You
Make Your Own Heaven and Hell Right Here on Earth" and "Papa
Was a Rollin' Stone".
| Their single Top 40 hit in the United
States was the ominous "Smiling Faces Sometimes", also
originally recorded by The Temptations, which hit #3 on the US pop
charts in 1971.
The Undisputed Truth,
along with Rose Royce and Willie Hutch, followed Whitfield during his
exodus from Motown to set up Whitfield Records in 1975. At this time,
Calvin and Joyce left the group, and Harris was joined by new members
Virginia "V" McDonald, Tyrone"Big Ty" Douglas,
Tyrone "Lil Ty" Barkley, and Calvin "Dhaak"
Stephenson. The group's costuming and style changed as well, becoming
even more unusual and Funkadelic-influenced. However, the group had
little success at the new label, and faded into obscurity after two
more albums, although they charted in the UK in 1977 (#43) with the
disco single "You + Me = Love" from the album Method to