My Girl – Temptations

August 3, 2021

Today’s song of the day is “My Girl” from the American vocalist group, the Temptations.

Fun Facts

  • It was written by members of The Miracles, Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, who were touring with the Temptations at the time.
  • The Temptations recorded “My Girl”l on December 21, 1964, in Detroit, Michigan.
  • It was the first of four #1 US hits from The Temptations.
  • Before writing “My Girl,” Robinson wrote “My Guy” for Motown Singer Mary Wells.
  • Members of the Motown house band, The Funk Brothers, performed on the track.
  • The song was used as the title of a 1991 movie and its sequel featuring Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky.
  • It has been featured in many movies, including The Big Chill (1983), Mannequin (1987), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Sleeping With the Enemy (1991), Munich (2005), and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007).
  • Several covers of the song exist by various artists such as The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Robin Morris, and Dolly Parton, among many others.
  • The song is featured on episodes of Cold Case, Magnum PI, and The Wonder Years.
  • Smokey said that “My Girl was not written about a specific girl, but rather that he wrote it “with all the women of the world in mind.”
  • The Temptations were known for their iconic choreography while performing this song, and many listeners would do the moves while listening to it.
SOTD lyrics

Lyrics

(Musixmatch)

I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day

When it’s cold outside

I’ve got the month of May

I guess you’d say

What can make me feel this way

My girl, my girl, my girl

Talkin’ ’bout my girl

My girl

I’ve got so much honey

The bees envy me

I’ve got a sweeter song

Than the birds in the trees

Well, I guess you’d say

What can make me feel this way

My girl, my girl, my girl

Talkin’ ’bout my girl

My girl

Ohh ohh

Hey hey hey

Hey hey hey

Oh yeah

I don’t need no money, fortune, or fame

I’ve got all the riches baby one man can claim

Well I guess you’d say

What can make me feel this way

My girl, my girl, my girl

Talkin’ ’bout my girl, my girl, talkin’ ’bout my girl

I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day with my girl

I’ve even got the month of May with my girl

Talkin’ ’bout, talkin’ ’bout, talkin’ ’bout

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