The Temptations

Ain't Too Proud to Beg

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"Ain't Too Proud to Beg" was originally slated to be the first single from the Temptations' 1966 Gettin' Ready LP. But Motown wisely decided to capitalize on "The Duck" dance craze which resulted in the group having their second number one R&B (pop Top 30) smash, "Get Ready," which was written and produced by Smokey Robinson. Motown founder Berry Gordy kept his promise to songwriter/producer Norman Whitfield to release "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" as the follow-up. Co-written by Whitfield and Eddie Holland of Holland-Dozier-Holland, the up-tempo smash proved to be the Tempts' biggest selling single since "My Girl," staying atop the R&B charts for eight weeks and reaching number 13 pop in spring 1966. It also solidified David Ruffin as the group's most consistent, flexible, and compelling lead singer.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Gettin' Ready 1966 Motown 2:36
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1966 Motown 2:32
No Image 1968
Various Artists
Motown
Motown Story 1971
Various Artists
Motown 0:00
Anthology [1973] 1973 Motown 2:34
No Image 1975
Various Artists
No Image 1980 Motown
All the Million-Sellers 1982 Motown 2:32
Songs That Inspired the Motown 25th 1983 Motown 2:32
The Big Chill [Original Soundtrack] 1983
Original Soundtrack
Motown 2:31
No Image 1985 Disney
No Image 1986 Motown
25th Anniversary, Vol. 1 1986 Motown / Universal 2:32
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
Classic Rock: 1966 - Shakin' All Over 1989
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:34
Papa Was a Rolling Stone 1989 Dynamic 2:50
16 #1 Hits from the Late 60's 1990
Various Artists
Motown 2:32
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1990 Motown
Compact Command Performances: 17 Greatest Hits 1990 Motown 2:32
Rhythm & Blues: 1966 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Motown
Hitsville USA - The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 1992
Various Artists
Motown 2:34
Emperors of Soul 1994 Motown 2:32
The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues 1994
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros.
Anthology 1995 Motown 2:32
The Best of the Temptations [Wise Buy] 1996 Disky / Wise Buy 2:53
Tamla Motown: Early Classics 1996
Various Artists
Karussell / Motown 2:33
The Early Classics 1996 Karussell 0:00
Motown's Greatest Hits 1997 Motown 2:34
The Ultimate Collection 1997 Motown 2:35
Soul Classics: Best of the 60's 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 2:34
My Girl 1998 Spectrum Music 2:33
DJ Don's Party Mix: Dance Party 1999
Various Artists
Power Records (Fitness / Dance) 2:36
20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection:  Best of the Temptations, Vol.1 - The '60s 1999 Uptown / Universal 2:31
Lost and Found: You've Got to Earn It (1962-1968) 1999 Motown 2:30
Cruizin' to Motown, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:32
The Temptations Collection 1999 Prism Leisure / Prism Platinum 2:51
Classic: The Universal Masters Collection 2000 Motown 2:33
Disco Fever, Vol. 2 [Dressed to Kill] 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:52
Music for Your Wedding Party 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:33
Motown: The Classic Years 2000
Various Artists
Motown 2:34
At Their Very Best 2001 Universal International 2:32
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 3: 1966-1969 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:33
Original Lead Singers of the Temptations 2001 Eagle Records 2:51
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Motown 1960s, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Motown 2:34
Motown Gold 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:33
A Year in Your Life: 1966, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:33
The Best of the Temptations: New Recordings of Their Greatest Hits 2001 K-Tel Distribution 2:48
My Girl: The Very Best of the Temptations 2002 Motown 2:33
Get Ready 2002 Disky 2:53
Soul: For Your Precious Love 2002 Digimode Entertainment 2:50
Best of Soul 60s 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:32
The Motown Story, Vol. 1: The Sixties 2003
Various Artists
Motown 3:14
Motown Number 1's 2004
Various Artists
Motown / UTV 2:32
Gold 2005 Motown 2:33
Motown Classics: Gold 2005
Various Artists
Motown 2:34
The Motown Box 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:43
Legends 2006 Universal International 2:33
Chronicles: Music Inspired by the Big Chill [Box Set] 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:33
The Shadows of Love: Jon Savage's Intense Tamla 1966-1968 2006
Various Artists
UMVD 2:31
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 6 2006
Various Artists
Motown 2:33
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Motown 2:33
Number 1's: The Temptations 2007 Motown 2:33
Classic Soul Hits 2008 Universal Distribution 2:34
Playlist Plus 2008 Motown 2:32
Playlist Plus: Motown 50th Anniversary 2008
Various Artists
Motown 2:33
Favorites 2008 Motown / Universal Music 2:32
The Definitive Collection 2008 Motown / Universal Distribution 2:33
Christmas & Hits Duos 2008 Motown 2:34
Motown 50 Fanthology 2008
Various Artists
Universal 0:00
Motown: The Complete No. 1's 2008
Various Artists
Motown 0:00
Don't Quit Music: Motown Workout 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal / Universal Music 0:00
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal 2:33
Songs for the Car 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:34
Classic 2009 Motown / Universal Distribution 2:33
Motortown Review 2009
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:33
Sweet Soul Music: 1966 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:32
Mod Mania 2010
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:32
Total Motown 2010
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:33
Icon 2010 Motown 2:32
Icon 2 2010 Motown 2:32
50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961-1971 2011 Motown 2:33
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:32
Motown the Musical: 100 Originals 2013
Various Artists
Cobalt Helladisc / Universal Music 2:33
The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick - The Soundtrack 2017
Various Artists
Universal 2:32
'60s Music Revolution: Magic Carpet Ride
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:32
202 Motown Songs: The Complete #1's
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal Music 2:32
Body By Jake: Motown Workout
Various Artists
Body By Jake 2:30
No Image
Various Artists
Motown 2:33
Hits of the 60s [Delta]
Various Artists
Delta Music Group 2:49
Motown 50 [Universal Mexico 2]
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:32
Motown Unreleased: 1966
Various Artists
Motown / Uni / Universal 2:40
Soul of the '60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:32
No Image Strategic Marketing 2:33
No Image
Various Artists
Motown / Uni 2:34