Chart Position: 1

  • #9 bestseller for 1971
  • #51 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 100 greatest pop songs
  • #399 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
  • Lead vocals: Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams
  • Backing vocals: Dennis Edwards, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams, Richard Street
  • Recorded in Detroit MI
  • Produced by Norman Whitfield
  • Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams departed Temptations in 1971
  • Paul Williams died in 1973
  • This song was written towards the end of the sixties but was not introduced to The Temptations until after a string of socially-conscious numbers had run their course by 1970
  • Later recorded by Rance Allen Group (1971), Charmers (1971), Jimmy London (1972), Undisputed Truth (1973), Donald Byrd (1976), Rolling Stones (1978), 15-16-17 (1978), Lillo Thomas (1983), Ruby Turner feat. Temptations (1988), Harvard Radcliffe Opportunes (1993), Four Shadow (1995), Detroit Underground (1997), Randy Klein (1998), Bette Midler (2000), Kevin Mahogany (2002), Peter Cox (2003), Will Downing (2003), Human Nature (2006), Boyz II Men (2007), Dianne Reeves (2008), Rod Stewart (2009), Rockapella (2013) and many others

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