Song of the Day: The Temptations, “I Can’t Get Next To You” #rmf

A #1 song on both the Top 40 and R&B charts from right around this time of year in 1969, "I can’t Get Next To You" was The Temptations’ best-selling single. It also seems to be a perennial favorite of listeners: those three chords at the beginning of the song are immediately recognizable. The song was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, and as always, The Funk Brothers (the Motown house band, roughly the equivalent of The Wrecking Crew on the West Coast) provided the musical accompaniment.

15 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Temptations, “I Can’t Get Next To You” #rmf

  1. Another one, John! You are taking me on a time machine this week. The Temptations were one of my favorite groups and this song was one of their powerhouses.


    1. I’m not much of a singer, but I always like to sing along with this, including Eddie Kendricks’s high tenor and Otis Williams’s baritone. They were a tremendous vocal group, not just their singing but their moves and the way they looked onstage. Everything was perfect. All the vocal groups were like that: matching outfits, the dance moves, the harmony, the whole nine yards. They weren’t just singers, they were entertainers… I’m sure I’ll be doing more Temps and Tops and all the other groups as the month progresses.


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