Legendary Michigan Songs

6.) My Girl - The Temptations

Artist Name: The Temptations
Year Inducted: 2007

"My Girl" (W. Robinson, R. White) - The Temptations;  Gordy label,  # 1 Billboard Hot 100, # 1 Billboard R&B - 1965.  Inducted in 2007.

The first three hits that Smokey Robinson wrote for the Temptations featured Eddie Kendricks as the lead singer.   Robinson wrote "My Girl", along with fellow Miracle Ronnie White, with David Ruffin's vocal specifically in mind. 

The song came together when the Miracles and Temptations were on the same week-long bill at the Apollo in New York City.  In between shows, Smokey dragged Ruffin down to the piano and showed him the song, which was kind of a follow-up to "My Guy", his hit for Mary Wells. 

The Temptations recorded the classic tune when they returned to Detroit. "My Girl" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.

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