Billboard #1 Hits: #220 : “I Can’t Get Next To You”- The Temptations. October 18, 1969. #1 for 2 weeks.
- Single: “I Can’t Get Next To You”- The Temptations
- Record Company- Gordy
- Genre: Soul
- Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
- Time: 2:51
- B-side: “Running Away [Ain’t Gonna Help You}
- Album- Puzzle People
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 2 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #13 on UK Singles Chart.
The Temptations second out of four #1 hits their first had been “My Girl.” back in 1965. A couple notes on “I Can’t Get Next To You”- the odd opening with the applause and Dennis Edwards saying “hold it, hold it, listen” was sampled in another Temptations hit “Psychedelic Shack.” In 1971 the great Al Green would take this song and make it into his own as a slow burning love song. Doesn’t sound like the same song. The Al Green version only made it to #60 on the chart.