This was written by Smokey Robinson, who was the main songwriter for The Temptations. In the Motown stable, The Temptations were considered the premier group, and there was a lot of competition among the songwriters to have their compositions recorded by the band. When this song underperformed on the charts, Motown chief Berry Gordy gave the next Temptations single, "Ain't Too Proud To Beg
," to Norman Whitfield, and he became their primary writer.
"Get Ready" went to #1 on the R&B charts for a week, but made just #29 on the Hot 100. "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" was a chart monster, spending eight weeks at #1 R&B, and rising to #13 on the Hot 100.