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Motown writers Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong wrote this in the late '60s, but since Psychedelic songs were popular at the time, Whitfield and Strong decided to wait a few years before releasing it. Whitfield pulled it out of the mothballs after the relative failure of The Temptations' "Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World)," which hit #33 in 1970. Whitfield wanted to steer the Temptations away from their string of socially relevant songs. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL)
This was the last single for the Temptations with Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams in the group. Eddie started a solo career and in 1973 scored his biggest hit with "Keep On Truckin'." Williams remained on salary as an advisor, but was plagued with personal problems - he was separated from his wife, owed back taxes and was being treated for alcoholism. He committed suicide in 1973 at age 34. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
This was the third of 4 #1 Hits by the Temptations. The track was released in February 1971, and took off right away, peaking at #1 in April.
The Rolling Stones covered this in 1978. They had a hit with another Temptations song, "Ain't Too Proud To Beg
," in 1974.
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