Simplicity and Complexity: Is there a simplicity in all art, a deep naivete, an immediate self-containedness, accompanied perhaps by fresh directness or startling economy? But studying it further, I have been moved by the way simplicity and complexity are made one in it. The first note is on the fifth of the scale, then there is a drop down to the tonic on the next two notes. And, with rests in between, the phrase keeps repeating. There is complexity even here, as the drop from fifth to tonic occurs on the strong first and third beats of each measure. This makes for a sound that is both lopsided and right, and that resembles the sound of a heart beating. Then a guitar plays a bright series of notes that climbs up the open pentatonic scale, drops to where it began, and climbs up again in a kind of circular motion — and there is simplicity to this pattern. At the same time, very precise finger-snaps can be heard on the second and fourth beats of each measure. These simple finger-snaps become the pulse of the whole song.
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Dub der-nern, dub der-nern… That little guitar lick is not remotely emphatic. There is nothing about it that is gimmicky, and it uses just two notes of a major scale. Yet the moment you hear it, you just know what the song is. It made The Temptations , a gifted vocal quintet that had been cutting records since , major stars. It was their first single to feature David Ruffin as lead vocalist, who had joined the group in January Smokey saw Ruffin as an untapped major resource for The Temptations. We sat there listening to the playback, and it really sounded like a No. But at that time, we really felt it would be more of a record that would be a No. And luckily enough, it was. Otis Redding gave it a rawer approach and his version made No.
In , it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant. The recorded version of "My Girl" was the first Temptations single to feature David Ruffin on lead vocals. Previously, Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams had performed most of the group's lead vocals, and Ruffin had joined the group as a replacement for former Temptation Elbridge Bryant. While on tour as part of the Motortown Revue , a collective tour for most of the Motown roster, Smokey Robinson caught the Temptations' part of the show. For their set, the group had included a medley of soul standards, one of which, the Drifters ' " Under the Boardwalk ", was a solo spot for Ruffin. Impressed, Robinson decided to produce a single with Ruffin singing lead.
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