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'My Girl': 50 years and counting
'My Girl': 50 years and counting

There are sounds it feels like you've known forever, sounds that have been in your ear so long, it's hard to believe they were ever new. One of those sounds is this: James Jamerson thumps a heartbeat on the bass. Robert White's guitar corkscrews out in reply. And the immortal David Ruffinsings, in a voice of sweetness shadowed by sorrow, "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day." Hard to believe that sound was ever new, but it was. Released four days before Christmas in 1964, "My Girl" by the Temptations reached the top of the pop charts in the first week of March -- 50 years ago this week. Maybe you remember hearing it during that portentous late winter...

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