Friday, September 13, 2013

Record #0496: My Girl / (Talking 'Bout) Nobody But My Baby – THE TEMPTATIONS

Gordy 7038 (original) USA, Dec. 21, 1964
Words & Music bySide ASmokey Robinson, Ronald White; Side BNorman Whitfield, Edward Holland, Jr.
Musicians: David Ruffin (lead tenor on side A), Eddie Kendricks (tenor/falsetto, lead on side B), Paul Williams (baritone), Melvin Franklin (bass vocals), Otis Williams (baritone), Elbridge Bryant (tenor on side B), Robert White (lead guitar), James Jamerson (bass), Benny Benjamin (drums), and other members of The Funk Brothers, plus Detroit Symphony Orchestra (strings on side A); not sure about instrumentation line-up on side B.
Recording sessions: Side A - produced by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White at Hitsville USA, Detroit, MI, Sep. 25, Nov. 10 and 17, 1964; Side B - produced by Norman Whitfield at Hitsville USA, Detroit, MI, Feb. 22, 1963
Highest chart positions:  US #1, US R&B #1, UK #43 (1992 re-release went to #2 in the UK)

"My Girl" was the first Temptations single with David Ruffin on lead vocals. The idea came from Smokey Robinson, who also co-wrote and co-produced the song. The song was included on the group's 1965 album "The Temptations Sing Smokey", which was also produced by Robinson.

The flip is a lesser-known track which wasn't released on any of their albums.

List price:  Very Good+ is $7.50, Near Mint is $15. If you have the picture sleeve for this, lucky you. That's $120 for a Near Mint one.

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