The Temps Weren't Too Proud To Beg

January 14, 2016

Detroit's Motown Records, in it's prime, featured a stable of some of the most popular R&B acts ever, names like the Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and Junior Walker & The All Stars. However, no act was bigger for Motown through most of the sixties and into the seventies than the Temptations.

 

The group featured two of the finest lead singers ever, Eddie Kendrick and David Ruffin, and among the many hits they recorded was perhaps the most memorable of all Motown records, "My Girl." Eddie Kendrick generally was featured on their more romantic records, while David Ruffin, with his deeper and more commanding voice, took the lead on many of the Temptations more rocking sides. One of the group's biggest, and best hits, is this one, "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," from 1966.

 

The song spent eight weeks at Number One on Billboard's R&B chart, and made it onto the top twenty of Billboard's Hot 100 chart as well. A driving instrumental track by Motown's Funk Brothers band drove "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" to become a big hit, with David Ruffin the lead singer.

 

My Girl 

 

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