The Temptations

My Girl

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Song Review by Ed Hogan

"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 / Uni 2:45
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1966 Motown / Universal 2:40
No Image 1968
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1969
Various Artists
Gordy
Motown Story 1971
Various Artists
Motown 0:00
Anthology [1973] 1973 Motown 2:44
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 9 [Original Sound 1] 1973
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:41
Cooley High 1975
Original Soundtrack
Polygram 1:49
No Image 1980 Motown
16 #1 Hits from the Early 60's 1982
Various Artists
Motown 2:42
No Image 1983
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1985
Various Artists
Pioneer
The Good-Feeling Music of the Big Chill Generation, Vol. 2 1986
Various Artists
Motown
Motown Legends: Love Songs 1987
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / PSM 0:00
Every Great Motown Song, Vol. 1: The 1960s 1988
Various Artists
Motown 2:43
Born on the Fourth of July [Motion Picture Soundtrack Album] 1989 MCA 2:43
Compact Command Performances: 17 Greatest Hits 1990 Motown 2:43
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Motown
My Girl 1991
Original Soundtrack
Epic 2:43
No Image 1991 Universal
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 Esx Entertainment, Inc. / Motown 2:42
Back to Back 1993 K-Tel Distribution
Music from the Wonder Years, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:44
Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1965 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 2:58
Emperors of Soul 1994 Motown 2:56
Ocean Drive, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:55
Music from The Wonder Years 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Si
Anthology 1995 Motown 2:55
Blues & Soul 1995
Various Artists
Griffin 2:55
Motown Legends, Vol.2 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Polygram / PSM 2:44
Cruzin' to Motown 1995
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:56
The Best of the Temptations [Wise Buy] 1996 Disky / Wise Buy 3:01
The Early Classics 1996 Karussell 0:00
Motown's Greatest Hits 1997 Motown 2:40
The Ultimate Collection 1997 Motown 2:57
A Smile Like Yours 1997
Original Soundtrack
Elektra 2:45
Motown: The Very Best of the 60's 1997
Various Artists
Motown 2:40
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
Great Voice of Soul [Rivie're Int'l] 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records
An Evening at Rao's: Songs from an Italian Restaurant 1998
Various Artists
Legacy / Columbia 2:43
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
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials: Rock & Roll's Greatest Love Songs 1999
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:58
Best Soul Album in the World 1999
Various Artists
Virgin 2:42
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
Lost and Found: You've Got to Earn It (1962-1968) 1999 Motown 3:00
Millennium Dance Party Mix 1999
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 2:35
Soul Monty 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:53
Millennium Dance Party: Chicago-The Beat 103.5 2000
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 2:35
Beach Music Anthology, Vol. 3 2000
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Ripete Records 2:28
The Essential Cult Movies [9 Disc Box] 2000
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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
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
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
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
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
Get Ready 2002 Disky 3:01
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
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:44
The Motown Story, Vol. 1: The Sixties 2003
Various Artists
Motown 3:58
Love Songs 2004 Motown / Universal 2:57
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2004
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Collectables 2:44
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:42
Gold 2005 Motown / Universal 2:46
Motown Classics: Gold 2005
Various Artists
Motown 2:58
The Motown Box 2005
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Shout! Factory 3:10
Motown Story [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Motown 2:54
80s Movie Hits 2006
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 0:00
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 4: 1964 2006
Various Artists
Motown 2:56
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Brunswick
Classic Soul Hits 2008 Universal Distribution 2:43
Playlist Plus: Motown 50th Anniversary 2008
Various Artists
Motown 2:44
Favorites 2008 Motown / Universal Music 2:43
Motown 50 2008
Various Artists
Universal 2:57
Motown: The Complete #1s 2008
Various Artists
Motown 2:58
Motown 50 [International Version 2] 2008
Various Artists
Motown / Universal Distribution 2:55
Now That's What I Call Motown! 2009
Various Artists
Motown 2:57
Motown 50 Fanthology 2009
Various Artists
Motown 2:56
Największe Hity z Ekranu 2010
Various Artists
Magic Records / Universal Music Group 2:42
Total Motown 2010
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Spectrum Music 2:57
Icon 2010 Motown 2:44
Songs About Love 2010
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2:41
50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961-1971 2011 Motown 2:56
Motown the Musical: Originals – The Classic Songs That Inspired the Broadway Show 2013
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Island / Motown 2:58
Motown the Musical: 100 Originals 2013
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Cobalt Helladisc / Universal Music 2:59
Drew’s Famous Presents Ultimate Soul Collection 2017 Universal 2:58
Timeless Love Songs [2018] 2018
Various Artists
Universal 2:43
'60s Music Revolution: Magic Carpet Ride
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Distribution Solutions / Time / Life Music 2:45
100 Essential 60's
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Universal 2:59
100 Essential Hits, Vol. 2
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Universal Music 2:39
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Universal 2:41
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Motown 2:42
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Hip-O / Universal 2:56
20 No. 1's: R&B Love Songs
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Hip-O 2:43
2021 Mega Hits
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Universal 2:40
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Motown 2:40
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Universal 2:47
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Universal 2:47
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Universal 2:47
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Universal 2:40
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Universal 2:47
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Universal 2:47
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Universal 2:47
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Universal 2:40
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Universal 2:47
Happy Tunes 2020
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Universal 2:40
Happy Valentine's Day [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 2:53
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Universal 2:47
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Polystar / Universal 2:39
Icon: Motown Classics, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Motown 2:55
It's Coffee O'Clock
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Universal 2:47
Karaoke Hits [Universal]
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Legends of Pop
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Various Artists
Universal 2:47
Love Songs 2021 [January 21, 2021]
Various Artists
Universal 2:56
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Various Artists
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Various Artists
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Mother's Love Songs, Vol. 2
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Motown Greatest Hits [2019]
Various Artists
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Motown Hits 1960-1965
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal 2:56
Motown Hits: 1960-1965
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal 2:56
Motown the Musical: 40 Classic Songs That Inspired the Musical!
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New Music Weekly, Vol. 1
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Nostalgie Sixties
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Old But Gold 60's
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Old School Classics
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Piosenki z Filmów
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Positive Tunes
Various Artists
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Various Artists
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No Image
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Reggae Soul
Various Artists
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Silver Collection: The Temptations Universal 2:40
Soirée Sixties
Various Artists
Universal 2:59
Solo Party
Various Artists
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Songs for Mother's Day
Various Artists
Universal 2:47
Soul Essentials [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 2:56
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Various Artists
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Various Artists
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Various Artists
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Various Artists
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Various Artists
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Various Artists
Time Life 2:42
The Sockhop Collection: I Hear a Symphony
Various Artists
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Various Artists
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Various Artists
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Various Artists
Universal 2:53
Valentine's Day 2021 [February 14, 2021]
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Universal 2:40
Valentines Day 2021 [January 29, 2021]
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Universal 2:47