In 1967, the group recorded “You’re My Everything,” quickly becoming one of their top-charting songs. It was written by Motown songwriter Rodger Penzabene, who had also penned “I Wish It Would Rain” and “I Could Never Love Another.” Penzabene wrote “You’re My Everything” for his wife, who had cheated on him, as a testament to his love for her. Unfortunately, he took his own life after writing the final song of the trilogy.
I am ecstatic to report that we have a high-quality video of The Temptations performing this hit on this stage. The Temptations are known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, and their influence on R&B and soul music cannot be overstated. The group has an enthusiastic following of fans, and we can feel the electric energy of the crowd from the video.
In the video, we see the group’s lead singer, Eddie Kendricks, as the main narrator, expressing his love for his girl. Kendricks delivers a heartfelt performance, displaying his vocal range, including his iconic falsetto, which is said to have been “wicked.” Fans of the group hold Eddie Kendricks in high regard, and I can see why. He has an undeniable presence and a smile that can light up a room.
David Ruffin, who took over as the group’s lead singer, can be heard on the bridge and outro. It is rare to have both Ruffin and Kendricks sharing lead vocals, and the duo did not disappoint in their performance. It is remarkable to note that Ruffin is not wearing his signature eyeglasses in this video, which we rarely see.
As we watched the performance, the video’s comments section was flooded with enthusiastic comments from fans of the group. One viewer, Joe LaRose, notes that this is the only song where both Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin sing lead. He also adds an interesting backstory to the song, which Penzabene wrote as a testament to his love for his wife. Joe says that Penzabene committed suicide after writing “I Wish It Would Rain” and “I Could Never Love Another,” which were also written for his wife. Another viewer, Zack Hod, shares his personal experience, saying he remembers the girl he had a crush on while listening to this song.
The performance is truly a sight to behold. The group is dressed to impress, with coordinated suits, ties, and shoes, and their choreography is immaculate. The Temptations have a way of engaging the crowd, and we can hear their applause and cheers throughout the performance. It is clear that the group has a connection with its fans, and this performance is evidence of that.
I encourage all Motown, R&B, and soul music fans to watch this performance. You will not be disappointed. Share this video with your friends because The Temptations deserve to be heard by all. Thank you for tuning in to this special broadcast, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.