The Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (1966)
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From 1966, the song was produced by boy-wonder producer Norman Whitfield and written by Whitfield and Edward Holland, Jr. The song peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Pop Chart, and was a number-one hit on the Billboard R&B charts for eight non-consecutive weeks.
The song’s success, in the wake of the relative under performance of the previous Temptations single, “Get Ready”, resulted in Norman Whitfield replacing Smokey Robinson, producer of “Get Ready”, as The Temptations’ main producer.
To show that sometimes even the genius of Berry Gordy could be foiled, at Motown’s Friday morning meetings [where they decided on a great many things including what songs should be recorded\, this song was turned down by Gordy twice.
So, for the third recorded version of “Ain’t Too Proud”, Whitfield had David Ruffin’s lead vocal arranged just above his actual vocal range. As a result, the singer was forced to strain through numerous takes in order to get out all of the song’s high notes. By the end of the “Ain’t Too Proud” recording session, recalls Temptation Otis Williams, Ruffin was “drowning in sweat and his glasses were all over his face”
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