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.