The Temptations

My Girl

Composed by Ronald White / Smokey Robinson

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"My Girl" is the Temptations' signature tune. Written and produced by two of their Motown labelmates, Smokey Robinson and Ronald White of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, it was the group's first number one pop hit. Robinson and White wrote "My Girl" when the Miracles were performing at New York's Apollo Theater. Returning to Detroit, Robinson began recording at Motown's in-house studio with the label's session band, the Funk Brothers. The track begins with James Jamerson's bass line, which mirrors a gentle heartbeat. Along with Robert White's sinewy guitar lines, it's one of pop music's most recognizable melody riffs. "My Girl" was a magnificent showcase for David Ruffin, who'd just been given the lead vocal spot previously occupied by Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams. Paul Riser wrote his superb arrangements after listening to Robinson singing the song while playing the piano. His skill made fine use of members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. "My Girl" went to number one R&B for six weeks and number one pop in early 1965. Portions of the classic were used for the Temptations' 1998 hit single "Stay" from their platinum CD Phoenix Rising.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Temptations Sing Smokey 1965 Motown 2:42
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1966 Motown 2:42
Temptations Live! 1967 Motown 3:08
No Image 1968
Various Artists
Motown
Souled Out 1969
Various Artists
Green Hill Productions 2:44
Motown Story 1971
Various Artists
Motown
Anthology [1973] 1973 Motown 2:44
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 9 [Original Sound 1] 1973
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment
Cooley High 1975
Original Soundtrack
Polygram 1:49
No Image 1980 Motown
All the Million-Sellers 1982 Motown 2:43
The Big Chill [Original Soundtrack] 1983
Original Soundtrack
Motown 2:55
No Image 1985
Various Artists
Pioneer
No Image 1986 Motown
Motown Legends: Love Songs 1987
Various Artists
Motown
Every Great Motown Song, Vol. 1: The 1960s 1988
Various Artists
Motown 2:43
Papa Was a Rolling Stone 1989 Dynamic 3:00
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Motown
Live in Concert 1991 Kultur Video
My Girl 1991
Original Soundtrack
Epic 2:43
Motown Legends: My Girl 1991 Epic
Rhythm & Blues: 1965 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Hitsville USA - The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 1992
Various Artists
Motown 2:57
Now: 1992 [1993] 1993
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 2:41
Modern Love [Polygram] 1993
Various Artists
Polygram 2:41
Motown Legends: My Girl 1993 Motown 2:42
Back to Back 1993 K-Tel Distribution
Music from the Wonder Years, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight 2:44
Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1965 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 2:58
Emperors of Soul 1994 Motown 2:51
Motown: The Hits Collection, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Motown 2:42
Ocean Drive, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:55
My Girl 2 1994
Original Soundtrack
Epic 2:41
Anthology 1995 Motown 2:55
Blues & Soul 1995
Various Artists
Griffin 2:55
Motown Legends, Vol.2 1995
Various Artists
Polygram / Polygram Special Markets 2:44
Cruzin' to Motown 1995
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:56
Love Album, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Virgin
The Best of the Temptations [Wise Buy] 1996 Disky / Wise Buy 3:01
The Ultimate Collection 1997 Motown 1:20
Soul Moods [Crimson] 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
A Smile Like Yours 1997
Original Soundtrack
Elektra 2:45
Best Sellers of the 60's & 70's 1997
Various Artists
Best Music International 2:58
Motown 40 Forever 1998
Various Artists
Motown 2:43
The Best of the 60s 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Great Voice of Soul [Rivie're Int'l] 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records
The Great Voice of Soul [Cleopatra] 1998
Various Artists
Cleopatra 2:58
An Evening at Rao's: Songs from an Italian Restaurant 1998
Various Artists
Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 2:43
Best Sellers of the 60's, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Wise Buy 3:02
All Time Greatest Movie Songs [UK] 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:42
My Girl 1998 Spectrum Music 2:57
The 60's [Original Television Soundtrack] 1999
Original TV Soundtrack
Mercury 2:54
Mods Vs. Rockers 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:56
Best Soul Album in the World 1999
Various Artists
Virgin 2:45
An American Love Story [Original Soundtrack] 1999
An American Love Story
Warner Bros. 2:56
20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection:  Best of the Temptations, Vol.1 - The '60s 1999 Uptown/Universal 2:42
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Collectables
Millennium Dance Party Mix 1999
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 2:35
The Temptations Collection 1999 Prism Leisure / Prism Platinum 2:58
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 2:45
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records
Beach Music Anthology, Vol. 3 2000
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:28
The Essential Cult Movies [9 Disc Box] 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:53
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:44
Millennium Soul Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:57
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Import
Ready Steady Go: Motown 2000
Various Artists
Polygram 2:55
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of the '60s 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:57
Motown: The Classic Years 2000
Various Artists
Motown 2:58
Greatest Hits [Classic World] 2000 Classic World Productions, Inc. 2:59
Meet the Temptations/Temptations Sing Smokey 2000 Universal International 2:45
Millennium Dance Party: Magic 102 - Dallas 2000
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 2:35
At Their Very Best 2001 Universal International 2:43
The In Crowd: UK Mod R&B Beat,1964-1967 [RPM] 2001
Various Artists
Decca
Original Lead Singers of the Temptations 2001 Eagle Records 3:00
Pure American Soul, Vol. 1: 60's 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:44
Motown Gold 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:55
The Best of the Temptations: New Recordings of Their Greatest Hits 2001 K-Tel Distribution 2:54
My Girl: The Very Best of the Temptations 2002 Motown 2:44
Greatests Hits [Brialliant] 2002 Brilliant
Get Ready 2002 Planet 3:01
Red, White & Rock 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:58
The Temptations [Euro Trend] 2002 Euro Trend 2:55
The Love Songs of Motown 2003
Various Artists
Motown 2:59
The Very Best of 60's Gold 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:43
Amour [Universal] 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 60's Motown's Greatest Hits 2003
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:44
The Motown Story, Vol. 1: The Sixties 2003
Various Artists
Motown 3:58
Simply the Best 60's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music
Romance: The Most Loved Songs Ever 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Love Songs 2004 Motown 2:58
New Woman Summer 2002 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:41
More Best of the 60's 2004
Various Artists
Disky
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:44
Capital Gold Soul Classics 2004
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Ouver
The Collection 2004 Universal Distribution 2:43
Get Up 2005
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution
Gold 2005 Motown 2:44
20 Soul Classics-Move on Up 2005
Various Artists
Prism Platinum 2:55
60 Soul Classics 2005
Various Artists
Prism Leisure Corporation (UK) / Prism Platinum 2:55
Soul Classics [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky Communications
The Motown Box 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 3:10
Very Best of Smooth Jazz [Universal International] 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 2:40
100 Hits of the 60s [mp3] 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Soul Legends: Motown Legends, Vol. 1-3 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:45
The Temptations Mini-Series Soundtrack 2005 Motown 2:58
Love Songs: 40 No. 1 Songs 2005
Various Artists
Musicpro
Top 20 of Soul 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Motown Story [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Motown 2:54
No Image 2006 Brilliant / Musicmania
Wedding Party 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG / X5 3:04
Soul Legends 2006 Motown 2:57
Ready Steady Sixties 2006
Various Artists
Horizon 2:55
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Motown Made to Measure [Kevin Rowland] 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:55
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:55
Best of Motown, Vol. 1 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:43
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:40
Classic Soul Hits 2008 Universal Distribution 2:43
Top Hits Of The Sixties: Greatest Hits 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 2:59
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music
The Very Best of Smooth Jazz 2008
Various Artists
Universal 2:40
Live! [DVD] 2008 ZYX Music
Favorites 2008 Motown / Universal Music 2:43
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Polystar (Japan) / Universal Music
Motown 50 Fanthology 2008
Various Artists
Universal Ireland 2:57
No Image 2008 Universal Distribution 2:41
Now That's What I Call Motown! 2009
Various Artists
Motown 2:57
Karaoke: The 60's Greatest Hits with Karaoke Edge 2009
Karaoke
All Star Karaoke
Icons: The Temptations 2009 Universal Distribution 2:44
Black Music [ZYX] 2009
Various Artists
ZYX Music 5:13
Motown 50 Fanthology 2009
Various Artists
Motown 2:56
Motortown Review 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:57
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:57
Icon 2 2010 Motown 2:44
The Motown Collection 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:57
100% Love Songs
Various Artists
50 Romantic Records, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Warner Special Products
No Image
Various Artists
Everlasting Love [Sessions Disc 2]
Various Artists
Warner Special Products 2:43
No Image
Various Artists
Motown 2:40
Hits of the 60s [Delta]
Various Artists
Delta Music Group 2:55
It All Started With Doo Wop: The Glory Of Love
Various Artists
2:45
It All Started with Doo Wop
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:45
Love: A Collection of Everlasting Love Songs
Various Artists
PolyGram 2:55
No Image
Various Artists
X5 3:04
Motown Collection, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:57
No Image
Various Artists
Motown
No Image
Various Artists
X5 3:05
Puppy Love [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 2:54
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
No Image
Various Artists
X5 Music Group 3:06
No Image
Various Artists
X5 3:05
No Image
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:55
Teardrops: 40 of the Best Love Songs Ever
Various Artists
Prism Leisure Corporation (UK)
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