My Girl – Ensemble – 1965
Yes – I just had to do this one too. Since I was on a MISSION to create ensembles – that “you do not need to introduce” – ones that – when you hear the first few bars – you know what it is – and this one falls in that category!!!
This is about a level 2.5 to 3 – so other than the last few sections – it is really a level 2!!!!
ALSO – remember – over a year ago I posted the solo version of this:
My Girl – Solo Level 3.5
“My Girl” is a 1964 standard 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.
The recorded version of “My Girl” was the first Temptations single to feature David Ruffin on lead vocals.
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.