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Encyclopedia > My Girl (song)
"My Girl"
My Girl cover
Single by The Temptations
from the album The Temptations Sing Smokey
Released December 21, 1964
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA (Studio A); September 25, November 10, and November 17, 1964
Genre Soul
Length 2:59
Label Gordy
G 7038
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Ronald White
Producer(s) Smokey Robinson
Ronald White
Chart positions
The Temptations singles chronology
"Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)"
1964
"My Girl"
1964
"It's Growing"
1965
This article is about the 1965 Temptations song. For the 1991 film, see My Girl. "My Girl" is also the name of unrelated songs by Madness and Musiq Soulchild.

"My Girl", released December 21, 1964, is a 1965 number-one single recorded by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label. Written and produced by Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, the song became the Temptations' first U.S. number-one single, and is today their signature song. Robinson's inspiration for writing this song was his wife, Miracles member Claudette Rogers Robinson, and he originally intended to have his group record the song. Image File history File links Tempts-mygirl-cover. ... In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less*) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-side, often accompanied by several B-sides, usually remixes or other songs. ... The Temptations (also abbreviated as The Tempts or The Temps) are an American Motown singing group whose repertoire has included doo-wop, soul, psychedelia, funk, disco, R&B, and adult contemporary. ... The Temptations Sing Smokey is a 1965 album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label. ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Hitsville U.S.A. was the nickname given to Motown Records first headquarters. ... September 25 is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years). ... November 10 is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 51 days remaining. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Soul music is a combination of rhythm and blues and gospel which began in the late 1950s in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... William Smokey Robinson, Jr. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... The Temptations (also abbreviated as The Tempts or The Temps) are an American Motown singing group whose repertoire has included doo-wop, soul, psychedelia, funk, disco, R&B, and adult contemporary. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... My Girl is a 1991 coming-of-age movie about the problems faced by a young girl over one summer. ... Madness are a British ska band who achieved most of their success in the 1980s. ... Musiq Soulchild (born Talib Johnson on September 16, 1977 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an African American neo soul and R&B artist, one of the most popular artists on the Def Soul label. ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... The Temptations (also abbreviated as The Tempts or The Temps) are an American Motown singing group whose repertoire has included doo-wop, soul, psychedelia, funk, disco, R&B, and adult contemporary. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... The Miracles (known from 1965 to 1972 as Smokey Robinson & the Miracles) are an American R&B/soul group from Detroit, Michigan, notable as the first successful group act for Berry Gordys Motown Records. ... William Smokey Robinson, Jr. ... Ronald Ronnie White (April 5, 1939 - August 26, 1995) was an African American soul singer and songwriter, notable as a founding member of The Miracles, and the only member to survive all of that groups lineup changes. ... Claudette Rogers Robinson (born in [[June1942) is an African-American soul singer, a member of The Miracles from 1957 to 1972. ...

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History

Recording and success

The recorded version of "My Girl" was the first Temptations single to feature David Ruffin on lead vocals. Previously, Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams had performed most of the group's lead vocals, and Ruffin had joined the group as a replacement for former Temptation Elbridge "Al" Bryant. While on tour as part of the Motortown Revue, a collective tour for most of the Motown roster, Smokey Robinson caught the Temptations' part of the show. The group had included a medley of soul standards in the show, one of which, The Drifters' "Under the Boardwalk", was a solo spot for Ruffin. Impressed, Robinson decided to produce a single with Ruffin singing lead. After some persuasion from Ruffin's bandmates, Robinson had the Temptations record "My Girl" instead of The Miracles, and recruited Ruffin to sing the lead vocals. David Ruffin. ... Eddie Kendricks, on the cover of his 1981 album Love Keys. ... Paul Williams sings For Once in My Life on the TCB televsion special, aired December 9, 1968 on NBC. Paul Williams (July 2, 1939 – August 17, 1973) was an African-American second tenor/baritone singer. ... Elbridge Al Bryant (September 28, 1939 - October 26, 1975) was an African American tenor singer, one of the founding members of Motown singing group The Temptations. ... The Motortown Revue was the name given to the package tours of Motown artists in the 1960s, such as The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Miracles, Martha & The Vandellas, etc. ... The Drifters were a long-lived American doo wop/R&B band, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ...


"My Girl" climbed to the top of the U.S. pop charts after its Christmastime 1964 release, making it the Temptations' first number-one hit. The success of this single launched a series of Ruffin-led hits, including "Since I Lost My Baby" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg". The former background figure quickly became the group's main (and, excepting irregular leads by Kendricks and Williams, only) lead singer by the end of the year. Darby fdsjhfkasdfjkhsfd sodyhofashjkre f; wrea ef j;dsfbnlhjfdsbjlfdjlkfdsnmsd Christmas is a Christian holiday held on December 25 which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Aint 2 Proud 2 Beg is also the name of a 1991 TLC single. ...


Covers and other uses

"My Girl"
Album track by Otis Redding
From the album Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
Recorded Memphis, Tennessee
Genre Soul
Length 3:03
Label Atco
Producer Steve Cropper

The following year, Otis Redding brought more of a traditional blues flavor to the song in his cover of "My Girl". This version, produced by Steve Cropper, was featured on Redding's critically acclaimed album Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul. The album featured a number of classic soul and R&B covers, as well as several original songs (including the future Aretha Franklin hit "Respect"). "My Girl" wasn't released as a single. In 1977, Dolly Parton included a country version of the song on her album New Harvest - First Gathering. Otis Ray Redding, Jr. ... Nickname The River City, The Bluff City Location Location in Shelby County and the state of Tennessee Government Country State Counties United States Tennessee Shelby County Mayor W. W. Herenton (D) Geographical characteristics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 294. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... Otis Ray Redding, Jr. ... This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American gospel, soul and R&B singer born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Detroit, Michigan. ... Respect is a 1967 hit and the signature song of the R&B singer Aretha Franklin, written and originally released by Volt recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American country singer, songwriter, composer, author and actress. ... New Harvest - First Gathering was a 1977 Dolly Parton album, significant for being Partons first self-produced album, as well as her first effort aimed specifically at the pop charts. ...


Now considered a classic Motown tune, "My Girl" has been frequently covered since the 1960s. It has also been featured in a number of films, including the 1991 My Girl, which was also named after the tune. To promote the film My Girl, a music video of the Temptations song was produced. The clip combined footage from an archived 1965 television performance, clips from the film, and new footage of the 1991 Temptations lineup--original members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin alongside newer members Richard Street, Ron Tyson, and (wearing glasses to look like David Ruffin) Ali-Ollie Woodson--performing a cover of the tune alongside My Girl's costar, Macaulay Culkin. Even Marvin Gaye recorded a rare cover version of My Girl. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... My Girl is a 1991 coming-of-age movie about the problems faced by a young girl over one summer. ... Otis Williams (second from right), with the Temptations in 1967. ... Melvin Franklin (far left), with the Temptations in 1967. ... Richard Street (top right corner) on the cover of the 1984 Temptations LP Truly for You. ... Ron Tyson (bottom right corner) on the cover of the 1984 Temptations LP Truly for You. ... Ali=Ollie Woodson (far right in middle row, in red shirt) on the cover of the 1984 Temptations LP Truly for You. ... Macaulay Carson Culkin (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ...


Credits

David Ruffin. ... Eddie Kendricks, on the cover of his 1981 album Love Keys. ... Melvin Franklin (far left), with the Temptations in 1967. ... Paul Williams sings For Once in My Life on the TCB televsion special, aired December 9, 1968 on NBC. Paul Williams (July 2, 1939 – August 17, 1973) was an African-American second tenor/baritone singer. ... Otis Williams (second from right), with the Temptations in 1967. ... William Smokey Robinson, Jr. ... Ronald Ronnie White (April 5, 1939 - August 26, 1995) was an African American soul singer and songwriter, notable as a founding member of The Miracles, and the only member to survive all of that groups lineup changes. ... The Funk Brothers were a group of Detroit musicians who were the house band at Detroits Motown Records from 1959 to 1972, when the company moved to Los Angeles. ...

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