"My Girl" Performed by The Temptations (1965), Marvin Gaye (1966), Stevie Wonder (1967) & Michael Jackson (1972)

January 5, 2009


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Temptations – My Girl

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!

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1 SupaStarry March 8, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I had no idea that Micheal, Marvin and Stevie did a cover of “my girl”…too bad i can’t hear any lol

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2 SupaStarry March 8, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Thanks!

P.S. i LOVE your blog and i’m gonna add it to my blogroll

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3 fashion.chic April 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm

My mom loves this song. In fact I get irritated of this anymore because I always hear this every Sunday morning since I was a kid. Gross!:)

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4 SonDan April 7, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I am sorry “My Girl” irritates you, but you gotta admit it is one of the great classic pop songs of all time! You just got turned off from the overload (LOL).
Thanks for your comment Cindy. Please check out the other music here at OSML. It just might grow on you. :-)

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5 johson July 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm

This song so good. so impressive!
MY girl my love !

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6 sondan March 8, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Hi SupaStarry.

Yep – Not only do we have these different Motown versions of “My Girl” but there is also a version by Smokey & The Miracles SupaStarry. I am so sorry that you cannot hear the songs today. I just checked my online storage and they are still there playing ok there so it must be a Wordpress.Com problem. I will touch base with Customer Service immediately and I thank you for bringing this to my attention.

Please stay tuned and thank you for your visits and participation.

Sincerely,

SonDan

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7 sondan March 10, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Hi SupaStarry,

OMG I just love your blog too. I am glad you found me so that I could find you :-). I just checked out “Rhythm & Shoes” and love your pics of some of my all time favorite singers! I shall be adding you to my blogroll as well as soon as I get home.

See ya’ later.

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8 SupaStarry March 11, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Thanks! :) Although fashion is my passion music has a place in my heart tooo. Especially oldies and Motown! And your blog’s name says it all lol. Since Motown is celebrating their 50th anniversary, so am i lol all year long too! There will be a bunch of “Motown inspired” post on my blog this year.

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