The Temptations – My Baby – TMG 541
The Temptations third UK Tamla Motown release was another record in the build-up to their own breakthrough to pop stardom. It was another writing and production credit for the talented and prolific Smokey Robinson and his Miracles colleagues.
The title promises much from the people that brought us “My Girl” and “My Guy”, but fails to reach the heights of either of them. If anything it owes more to My Guy than to the Temptations own hit.
In fact, it wasn’t even a case of Motown’s well documented bandwagon hopping with so many sound-alike follow ups to hit records, for Mary Wells hit in the USA had been almost 18 months earlier and the US hit with My Girl had been three records back in their release schedule.
In the UK, neither record would appear on Tamla Motown for some time to come.