The Temptations

The Way You Do the Things You Do

Composed by Robert Rogers / Smokey Robinson

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The intra-company competition between songwriters at Motown was fierce. Even label-founder Berry Gordy got into the act, bragging to his protégé, Smokey Robinson, that he'd written a career-launching hit for the Temptations. Robinson knew that he and fellow Miracles member Bobby Rogers had written "the hit" while they drove back to Detroit after an engagement at New York's Apollo Theatre. During a company meeting, the vote went to the Robinson/Rogers song, "The Way You Do the Things You Do." The song has Robinson's trademark lyric style: "You have a smile so bright/You could've been a candle/I'm holding you so tight you could be a handle." "The Way You Do the Things You Do" went to number 11 pop in early 1964 (no R&B charts were published that year). The LP The Temptations Sing Smokey also included "My Girl," "It's Growing," and "I'll Be in Trouble."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Meet the Temptations 1964 Motown 2:44
No Image 1964
Various Artists
Motown
The Temptations Sing Smokey 1965 Motown / Uni 2:41
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1966 Motown 2:44
Temptations Live! 1967 Motown / Universal 3:24
No Image 1969
Various Artists
Gordy
Anthology [1973] 1973 Motown 2:44
No Image 1984
Various Artists
Motown
Classic Rock: 1964 A Go Go 1987
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:45
Papa Was a Rolling Stone 1989 Dynamic 2:55
Live in Concert 1991 Kultur Video
Rhythm & Blues: 1964 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Pioneer
Hitsville USA - The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 1992
Various Artists
Motown 2:40
Classic Rock: 1964 1993
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:46
Emperors of Soul 1994 Motown / Universal 2:42
Hits of the Temptations 1994
Karaoke
Singing Machine (Karaoke)
Old School Friday [Original Soundtrack] 1995
Original Soundtrack
Priority Records 2:38
Anthology 1995 Motown 2:37
Motown Year by Year: The Sound of Young America, 1964 1995
Various Artists
Motown 2:40
The Best of the Temptations [Wise Buy] 1996 Disky / Wise Buy 2:58
The Ultimate Collection 1997 Motown / Polydor / Universal 2:39
My Girl 1998 Spectrum Music 2:39
20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection:  Best of the Temptations, Vol.1 - The '60s 1999 Motown / Universal / Universal Distribution / Uptown/Universal 2:42
The Temptations Collection 1999 Prism Leisure / Prism Platinum 2:55
Greatest Hits [Classic World] 2000 Classic World Productions, Inc. 2:58
Meet the Temptations/Temptations Sing Smokey 2000 Universal International 2:45
At Their Very Best 2001 Island 2:40
Original Lead Singers of the Temptations 2001 Eagle Records 2:59
Winning Combinations: The Temptations & Smokey Robinson and the Miracles 2001 Universal Special Products 2:42
Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America 2001
Original TV Soundtrack
Rhino 2:43
Motown Gold 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:40
The Best of the Temptations: New Recordings of Their Greatest Hits 2001 K-Tel Distribution 2:52
My Girl: The Very Best of the Temptations 2002 Universal / Universal Music / UTV Motown 2:41
Greatests Hits [Brialliant] 2002 Brilliant
Get Ready 2002 Planet 2:58
The Temptations [Euro Trend] 2002 Euro Trend 2:56
Motown Party 2003
Various Artists
Metacom 2:41
The Motown Story, Vol. 1: The Sixties 2003
Various Artists
Motown / Ooo Universal 3:13
Rock and Roll at Fifty: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:37
The Ultimate Chick Flick Love Songs 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:51
Motown Magic 2004
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:46
Gold 2005 Motown 2:41
Let's Go Disco [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky
The Motown Box 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:40
Non-Stop Summer Party 2005
Various Artists
Disky 2:49
The Temptations Mini-Series Soundtrack 2005 Motown 2:41
No Image 2006 Brilliant / Musicmania
Get Ready: Definitive Performances 1965-1972 2006 Motown
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 4: 1964 2006
Various Artists
Motown 2:38
Number 1's: The Temptations 2007 Motown 2:41
Ultimate R&B [Madacy] 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 2:37
Live in London 2007 Hudson Street
One Night in London [DVD] 2007 Immortal
One Night in London 2007 Remember Records 2:27
No Image 2007 Barclay 2:43
Playlist Plus 2008 Motown 2:41
The Complete Collection 2008 Motown / Universal Music 2:40
Live! [DVD] 2008 ZYX Music
Classics 2008 Motown 2:40
Sweet Soul Music: 1964 2008
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:39
Motown for Kids 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O / Motown / Polydor / Universal 2:38
The Definitive Collection 2008 Motown 2:41
Christmas & Hits Duos 2008 Motown 2:41
Motown: The Complete No. 1's 2008
Various Artists
Motown / Island/Def Jam / Universal Music 2:40
Motown 50 Essentials Box 2009
Various Artists
Motown / Universal
Motortown Review 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:39
Motown 50: Love 2009
Various Artists
Universal 2:39
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:37
Icon 2 2010 Motown 2:41
50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961-1971 2011 A&M / Hip-O Select / Motown / Universal Music 2:39
5 Classic Albums 2013 Motown 3:23
Motown the Musical: 100 Originals 2013
Various Artists
Cobalt Helladisc / Universal Music 2:41
Our Generation 2015
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
Five Classic Albums, Vol. 2 2017 Spectrum Music 2:42
202 Motown Songs: The Complete #1's
Various Artists
Island/Def Jam / Universal Music 2:40
Motown Collection, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:39
Soul of the '60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:37
No Image
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:40
No Image Strategic Marketing 2:41
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