The Temptations – “My Girl” Original Vocal Track (1965)
Everyone in the WORLD knows this song no matter what age, race, creed or color! The fabulous, Temptin’ Temptations topped both the R&B and Pop Billboard charts with this #1 smash hit that is still played today on a daily basis and will be played long after we are all gone from this earth. Since you all know it note for note I thought I would post just the vocal to give you the opportunity to really LISTEN to the fantastic vocal harmonies on this smash. This was not just a hit because of David Ruffin but a hit because of the delivery of five of the most talented men to grace a microphone.
I have avoided doing a post on the Tempts because I didn’t think I could handle writing about them without gushing volumes of praise. But since I have been blogging a while now I figured I had learned to control some of my enthusiasm about these wonderful, wonderful singers. These five voices together were the best in the business and no other configuration of “Temptations” has ever surpassed them IMHO! Just listen and you will hear the proof.
This song, written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White of The Miracles, was issued on The Temptations second album with Motown — “The Temptations Sing Smokey.” This 1965 set when to #1 R&B but only #35 Pop.
Marvin Gaye – “My Girl” (1966)
Not to be left out of a good thing, then crooner Marvin Gaye also recorded “My Girl” in New York in June of 1966, but his cover was not released until a 1990 Box Set entitled “The Marvin Gaye Collection.”
Back in 1966 Gaye was enjoying success with his Kim Weston duets, so perhaps the Motown Management did not want to rock the proverbial boat with something different at that particular time.
Stevie Wonder – “My Girl” (1967)
This is Stevie Wonder’s cover version from his album “I Was Made To Love Her” entitled after his hit of the same name. This LP Charted #7 R&B and #45 Pop.
Michael Jackson – “My Girl” (1972)
Of course one of the last hit solo acts to come out the the Classic Motown Era was a young Michael Jackson who was being groomed for stardom outside of his family group “The Jackson 5.”
Jackson’s cover of “My Girl” come from his second solo LP on Motown — 1972′s Ben. This successful set climbed to #4 R&B and #5 Pop.
I hope you enjoyed all of the covers presented here today, but I won’t dare leave you stranded without presenting the original Temptation hit with all it’s glorious Funk Brothers music. So please click on the link above, to enjoy the vintage video of the Tempts lip synching to the classic single version.
I just love the looks of joy on their faces as they perform (especially Otis). This was their “break-out” hit and all of their hard work over the past few years had finally put them on top. They had reason to be all smiles! And watching them in this performance makes me smile as well. I hope it brings a smile to your face too.
Keep the oldies alive!
- Soul Serenade: The Temptations, “My Girl (A Capella)” (popdose.com)
- Slideshow: The 25 greatest Motown songs of all time (thegrio.com)