It's Growing

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"It's Growing"
Single by The Temptations
from the album The Temptations Sing Smokey
B-side "What Love Has Joined Together"
Released March 18, 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA; 1964–1965
Genre Soul
Length 3:01
Label Gordy
G 7040
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Warren "Pete" Moore
Producer(s) Smokey Robinson
The Temptations singles chronology
"My Girl"
(1964)
"It's Growing"
(1965)
"Since I Lost My Baby"
(1965)

"It's Growing" is a 1965 hit single by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label. Written by Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Pete Moore and produced by Robinson, the song was a top 20 pop single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, on which it peaked at number 18. On Billboard '​s R&B singles chart, "It's Growing" peaked at number 3.[1]

This single was the follow-up to "My Girl", which was the first to feature David Ruffin as the Temptations new lead singer. Ruffin, as the song's narrator, tells his lover that his love for her keeps on growing each and every day, giving several comparations to illustrate how much it grows. The song starts with a toy piano playing before the drums kick start the song, going into mid-tempo dance number. Motown had hope to repeat the success of the previous single by giving "It's Growing" a somewhat similar sound but with a bigger orchestration and adding The Andantes for additional backing vocals.

This single, the second from The Temptations Sing Smokey, would be backed by the Eddie Kendricks-led cover of The Miracles' "What Love Has Joined Together." While not as successful as the previous single, it still made the Top 20 in the Pop charts, continuing Robinson's reign as the group's main producer.

Other recordings[edit]

Otis Redding would cover this song in 1966. Another version by fellow Motown artists The Contours was released in 1967. Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers would also record a version of this song in 1968.

A reworking of the song by James Taylor was an adult contemporary hit in 2008.[2]

  • Classic rock singer Paul Rodgers included his version of the song on his 2014 cover album of soul classics The Royal Sessions.

Personnel[edit]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1965) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart 18
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 3

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Otis and Romanowski, Patricia (1988, updated 2002). Temptations. Lanham, MD: Cooper Square. ISBN 0-8154-1218-5.
  2. ^ "Fred Bronson, Chart Beat, October 9, 2008", billboard.com