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Vintage Video #1's: The Temptations "I Can't Get Next to You"

by VVN Music

Today, we're going back 48 years (October 18, 1969) to the day that the Temptations scored the second of their four number 1's on the Hot 100 with "I Can't Get Next to You".

Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong and produced by Whitfield, the song was the second single released from their 1969 album Puzzle People after "Don't Let the Jones Get You Down" and came at a very active time in the group's history.  In that year alone, they released three singles under their own name and addition four in a collaboration with Diana Ross and the Supremes.

It was also during the time when the band was not only exploring psychedelic soul, but also were releasing a number of songs on social subjects like the previously mentioned "Joneses", "Runaway Child, Running Wild" and "Ball of Confusion".

With instruments by the Funk Brothers, the Temptations at the time were made up of Dennis Edwards, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin and Otis Williams. Two years later, Kendricks and Paul Williams would be out of the group with Edwards following in 1977, although he would return a few times.  Williams remains a part of the group today, the only member to have been a Temptation since the day they were formed in 1960.

The top five on October 18, 1969:
  1. I Can't Get Next to You - Temptations
  2. Hot Fun in the Summertime - Sly and the Family Stone
  3. Sugar, Sugar - Archies
  4. Jean - Oliver
  5. Little Woman - Bobby Sherman