INSIDE INFO: “My Girl” — The Temptations

thetemptations INSIDE INFO:  My Girl    The Temptations

The Temps were riding high on the charts this week in 1965 with their first number one song, which made them the first male Motown group to reach the top spot in the country.

William [lastfm]”Smokey” Robinson[/lastfm] wrote the tune that did the trick for [lastfm]The Temptations[/lastfm]; “My Girl.”

Smokey intended to record “My Girl” with his group, [lastfm]The Miracles[/lastfm], but when the Temptations heard Smokeys’ rhythm track of it while they were appearing with Smokey at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, they pleaded with him to let THEM record it.

Smokey agreed to give it to them and rehearsed them for a week before they returned to Detroit, got in the studio and layed it down on December 21, 1964.

It was released soon afterward and entered the charts on January 16, 1965.

A steady climb up the top 100 ended when “My Girl”  hit #1 on March 6, 1965.

David Ruffin handled lead vocals on the song.

The Temptations would go on to score THREE MORE #1 hits; “I Can’t Get Next To You” in 1969, “Just My Imagination” in ’71 and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” in late ’72.

  • Saundra

    All of the groups of that time were, and still today are the greatest ever. They can’t ever be replace by any new groups. Because of the era of our time This has meaning for us and yes it was yesterday but it was part of the 60’s we will keep in our hearts, for what ever it meant good or sad of our life time. We loved someone and its the songs that keeps the memory alive.

    • Benjamin Perez

      I Couldn’t have said it Better myself!!

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