My Girl

Date Recorded: 
Sep-Nov 1964
Track #: 
3
Single Catalog #: 
G 7038 A
Single Release Date: 
12/21/1964
Time: 
2.59

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"My Girl" is a 1964 song recorded by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label which became a number one hit in 1965. Written and produced by The Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, the song became the Temptations' first U.S. number-one single, and is today their signature song. Robinson's inspiration for writing this song was his wife, Miracles member Claudette Rogers Robinson. The song was featured on the Temptations album The Temptations Sing Smokey.

Musically, the song is notable because the six ascending guitar notes in the opening riff over the C chord are a perfect example of a C major pentatonic scale, played exactly from octave to octave. Similarly, the analogous riff in the song that is played over the F chord is a perfect example of an F major pentatonic scale, also with notes ascending from octave to octave.

Event Played

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Recording Session 09/25/1964 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 11/10/1964 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 11/17/1964 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Temptations 10/03/1966 The Roostertail Detroit Michigan USA
The Temptations 12/10/1971 Milwaukee Auditorium Milwaukee Wisconsin USA
The Temptations 04/27/1973 Curtis Hixon Hall Tampa Florida USA
The Temptations 04/08/1974 MSU Auditorium East Lansing Michigan USA
Joe Tex 06/18/1976 Ethel's Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
The Temptations 03/23/1981 db's Dearborn Michigan USA
The Tony Brown Band 05/26/1981 Rick's (AA) Ann Arbor Michigan USA
The Temptations 06/29/1982 Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh Pennsylvania USA
The Temptations 10/14/1982 Uihlein Hall Milwaukee Wisconsin USA
The Temptations 08/27/1983 Cobo Arena Detroit Michigan USA
The Temptations / The Four Tops 11/05/1983 Valley Forge Music Fair Devon Pennsylvania USA
The Temptations / The Four Tops 11/28/1983 Uihlein Hall Milwaukee Wisconsin USA
The Temptations / The Four Tops 03/23/1984 Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor Michigan USA
The Temptations 07/05/1984 SummerFest Milwaukee Wisconsin USA
The Temptations / The Four Tops 01/31/1985 Riverside Theatre Milwaukee Wisconsin USA
The Temptations 03/23/1988 Edinburgh Playhouse Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland
The Temptations 09/02/1990 Star Lake Amphitheater Burgettstown Pennsylvania USA
U2 09/09/1992 Pontiac Silverdome Pontiac Michigan USA
The Temptations / The Four Tops 07/29/1993 Star Lake Amphitheater Burgettstown Pennsylvania USA