Smokey Robinson Admits That ‘My Girl’ Isn’t About A Woman And Was Written For The Temptations

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

The song “My Girl” was released in 1964, and by 1965 it was a number one hit for Motown. Although the song is decades old, it has proven that time hasn’t dampened its popularity: the song may not top the charts at this moment, but it’s still loved by many across generations. Even I remember this song from the radio, and this wasn’t that long ago!

Of course, many believe that the tune was written by Smokey Robinson because of a woman — after all, the title gives it away. But in a 2015 interview, Robinson stated that this wasn’t true. He wrote the song for its eventual performers, the Temptations.

He explains that he was so enamored with the group’s vocals that he simply had to write a song for them.

Robinson explained that any writer or producer could go up to an artist with a song. This bred competition, and so artists would get to pick the songs they believed were going to be chart-toppers. This, in turn, produced more successful singles, which included “My Girl.”

This method clearly worked: the song was the group’s first number one hit!

Now watch the clip below to get a behind-the-scenes look at Motown!

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