The Temptations

The Way You Do the Things You Do

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Song Review by Ed Hogan

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 2:46
No Image 1964
Various Artists
The Temptations Sing Smokey 1965 Motown / Uni 2:41
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1966 Motown / Universal 2:39
No Image 1969
Various Artists
Anthology [1973] 1973 Motown 2:44
No Image 1984
Various Artists
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Papa Was a Rolling Stone 1989 Dynamic 2:55
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Rhythm & Blues: 1964 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Hitsville USA - The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 1992
Various Artists
Motown 2:41
Emperors of Soul 1994 Motown 2:39
Old School Friday [Original Soundtrack] 1995
Original Soundtrack
Priority Records 2:38
Anthology 1995 Motown 2:37
Motown Classic Hits, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
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 2:41
My Girl 1998 Spectrum Music 2:39
20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection:  Best of the Temptations, Vol.1 - The '60s 1999 Uptown / Universal 2:39
Meet the Temptations/Temptations Sing Smokey 2000 Universal International 2:45
At Their Very Best 2001 Universal International 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 Motown 2:41
Get Ready 2002 Disky 2:58
The Motown Story, Vol. 1: The Sixties 2003
Various Artists
Motown 3:13
Rock and Roll at Fifty: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:37
No Image 2003 Hollywood 2:41
The Ultimate Chick Flick Love Songs 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:51
Gold 2005 Motown / Universal 2:42
The Motown Box 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:40
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 4: 1964 2006
Various Artists
Motown 2:38
Number 1's: The Temptations 2007 Motown 2:40
Playlist Plus 2008 Motown 2:41
The Complete Collection 2008 Motown / Universal Music 2:40
Classics 2008 Motown 2:40
Sweet Soul Music: 1964 2008
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:39
The Definitive Collection 2008 Motown 2:41
Christmas & Hits Duos 2008 Motown 2:41
Motown: The Complete #1s 2008
Various Artists
Motown 2:40
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
Motown 50: Love 2009
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:38
Icon 2010 Motown 2:41
Icon 2 2010 Motown 2:41
50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961-1971 2011 Motown 2:38
Motown the Musical: 100 Originals 2013
Various Artists
Cobalt Helladisc / Universal Music 2:41
Hitsville: The Making of Motown 2019
Various Artists
Motown 0:00
4 All Ages: Motown Music
Various Artists
Universal 2:42
Happy Soul
Various Artists
Universal 2:42
Soul of the '60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:37
No Image Strategic Marketing 2:41