Fifty two years ago this week, this became the new #1 song in the USA...and remember, I've got sunshine on a cloudy day...and when it's cold outside, I've got the month of May...
"My Girl" by the Temptations stayed at #1 for only a week, but that was more than enough. Smokey Robinson wrote it as the answer record to Mary Wells' #1 hit, "My Guy."
The Temptations are the most successful group in the history of the R&B chart. Updated statistics for the Temps are unavailable but suffice to say that they've had at least 76 R&B chart hits, with 42 of them making the Top 10 and 14 all the way to #1. They've spent at least 41 total weeks at #1 on the R&B chart.
The Temptations formed in Detroit in 1960. Initially, they were called the Primes and the Elgins. They first hit the R&B chart in 1962 with the #22 "Dream Come Home" but then everyone knew about them with 1964's "Way You Do The Things You Do," which has been a Top 40 hit in the 70's (Rita Coolidge), 80's (Hall and Oates) and 90's (UB40).
Here's the Temptations pop chart totals: 53 hits, 38 Top 40's, 16 top 10's and four #1's with "My Girl," "Can't Get Next To You", "Just My Imagination (Running Away From Me)" and "Papa Was A Rolling Stone." They were in the Top 10 in the 1990's thanks to a duet with Rod Stewart in 1991, "The Motown Song."
Here's one of my favorite live medleys, the Temptations vs. The Four Tops...
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