August 25, 2015
If ever a single deserved to be number one it was “My Girl.” Sometime life and especially the music industry is not fair, but every once in awhile the universe is in sync and so it was when “My Girl” topped the BILLBOARD Pop Chart the week of March 6, 1965.
Eddie Kendrick had been the lead singer on the first few Temptations singles but now for the first time, Jimmy Ruffin took over the lead vocal role. The result was one of the classic and eternal love songs in American music.
April 11, 2014
The Temptations released one of the enduring singles of the rock and roll era 49 years ago when “My Girl” topped the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Charts. The song was propelled by the sweet tenor voice of David Ruffin. During his time with the Temptations he provided the lead vocals for such hits as “Ain’t To Proud To Beg,” “All I Need,” and “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep.” His time with the group was short, 1964-1968, but he would help leave a lasting legacy and be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
He was asked to leave the group in the summer of 1968 but would quickly recover and issue two solo albums within a period of six months. While he would never be as commercially successful as during his time with the Temptations; his solo releases would sell moderately well and produce some fine music. Real Gone Music has now collected his first two solo albums and reissued them as a two for one under the title My Whole World Ended/Feelin’ Good.
His debut release My Whole World Ended is the superior of the two albums. Released during the spring of 1969, it was more emotional and rawer than the smooth soul sound of his former group. The only song that runs counter to this formula was the hit single “My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me),” which was originally written for the Temptations. It has a smooth Sam Cooke quality as it just flows along.
“Pieces of a Man” and “I’ve Got to Find Myself a Brand New Baby” are symbolic of the tougher sound that he brought to his solo releases.
The follow-up album Feelin’ Good, moved in a number of directions and did not have the cohesiveness of his previous release. In addition four of the 12 tracks were recorded at the time of his debut but were not used. It gives the album a cobbled together feel.
Still there are a number of good performances. “I’m So Glad I Fell for You” is an excursion into the gospel realm complete with a church organ and backing choir. He comes close to a pop swing sound on the Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell hit, “What You Gave Me.” Finally he takes the rock song “Feelin’ Alright” and inserts some positive up-beat funky vibes.
My Whole World Ended/Feelin’ Good is a fine introduction to the solo career of one of music’s premier soul singers. While not completely successful, both albums remain a fine listen nearly 45 years after their initial release.
November 30, 2010
If you play me “My Girl” by The Temptations, I’ll follow you anywhere.
The song was originally written by Smokey Robinson for his own group, The Miracles. After the Temptations heard the song backstage at The Apollo Theater in Harlem, they pestered Robinson to let them record it.
Robinson finally gave the song to them but he chose David Ruffin to sing the lead for the first time with the group.
The Temptations recorded the song Dec. 21, 1964 and by early 1965 it had reached the number one spot on the American singles charts.
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE ranked it as the 88th best song of all time which I believe is to low.