"I Ain't Got Nothing" Performed by The Temptations (1972)

June 29, 2009

The Temptations - All Directions

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The Temptations – I Ain’t Got Nothing (1972)

This is the end of  Black Music Month and I sure hope President Obama comes through with the appropriate Proclamation for 2009.  I will be sorely disappointed of he doesn’t.

This is also my last post for the month of June, here at OSML, with the theme being “Motown Guy Groups” in honor of Motown’s 50th Anniversary — which BTW, with the  year now half over, where is the anticipated Suzanne DePasse produced 50th Anniversary TV Special?

Well I have covered some of my favorite Male Motown vocal groups this month purposely leaving these talented gentlemen for last. Many of you younger  readers often consider The Temptations and the Tops the only Motown male vocal groups so I wanted to be sure that the visitors here knew that the Tempts and Tops were just the tip of the talented male Motown iceberg.

Another misconception regarding Motown, specifically The Temptations, was that Otis never sang lead. Well I am here to tell you that is so wrong. Not only did Otis Williams’ mellow tone help to blend the other four voices together in perfect harmony but he had some leads and they were quite good.

The song I am presenting here today, with Otis singing lead, comes from 1972′s “All Directions” LP.  The song  “I Ain’t Got Nothing” was composed by Evans King & Maurice King. The album “All Directions” is The Temptations’ first after Sweet Eddie Kendricks had left the group.  I can recall at that time saying that I would never buy another Temptations LP again.  But I was a very wrong teenager.

My Father had purchased this LP, played it and sang from it  non-stop, so I of course I eventually fell in love with it as the rest of the country obviously did: it charted #1 R&B and #2 Pop on the Album Charts.

Musically Yours,


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1 Karen December 26, 2009 at 3:03 pm

doesn’t work!


2 SonDan December 26, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Hi Karen,

Welcome to OSML and thanks for the heads up. The song has been re-upped and should play perfectly for you now.

So what do you think of it? Is it an old favorite for you or something new to your ears?

As a new visitor you may be unaware that I recently moved this blog to it’s own domain: just prior to the move in, the Fall, most of the music links were lost when my two paid music storage sites crashed. I have been re-uploading the literally hundreds of songs ever since when I find the time and hope to have all back online soon.

Again welcome to the site and just let me know of any more broken links you want to hear and I will make them my priority for you.

Have a safe and prosperous New Year.



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