The Way You Do the Things You Do

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"The Way You Do the Things You Do"
Single by The Temptations
from the album Meet the Temptations & The Temptations Sing Smokey
B-side "Just Let Me Know"
Released January 23, 1964
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA (Studio A);
January 9, 1964
Genre Soul, doo-wop, R&B, pop
Length 2:42
Label Gordy
G 7028
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Robert Rogers
Producer(s) Smokey Robinson
The Temptations singles chronology
"Farewell My Love"
(1963)
"The Way You Do the Things You Do"
(1964)
"I'll Be in Trouble"
(1964)

"The Way You Do the Things You Do" is a 1964 hit single by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label. Written by Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers, the single was The Temptations' first charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking in the Top 20 at number eleven and also went to number one on the Cash Box R&B chart.[1]

Temptations version[edit]

Background[edit]

Falsetto Eddie Kendricks sings lead on the record, composed by Robinson and Rogers while on the road with The Miracles as part of the Motortown Revue tour. Its plethora of pick-up lines ("You got a smile so bright/you know you coulda been a candle/I'm holding you so tight/You know you coulda been a handle") began as a light-hearted joke between Robinson and Rogers to pass time on the long bus rides. Realizing they had something they could work with, the Miracles kept the lyrics in mind and prepared the song for the Temptations, who by this time had only one single that had ever made it onto a Billboard chart (1962's "Dream Come True" made it to #22 on the R&B singles chart) and six flopped singles. This version of the song actually appears on two of their early 1960s albums; 1964's Meet The Temptations, and 1965's The Temptations Sing Smokey.

The recording was done on January 8, 1964, a mere two weeks after founding Temptation Elbridge Bryant had been fired, and Jimmy Ruffin's younger brother David Ruffin had taken Bryant's place. While Ruffin would sing lead on stage he would remain a background singer on the singles for most of 1964, but after Smokey Robinson heard him sing lead during the Temptations' Motortown Revue performance, Ruffin was assigned to sing lead on what would become the Temptations' first number-one hit, "My Girl".

The Temptations learned about the success of "The Way You Do the Things You Do" after returning home to Detroit, Michigan and hearing nonchalantly from a Motown executive that "oh, you guys got a hit." After reading the number 76 ("with a bullet") listing in Billboard magazine, Temptations members Otis Williams and David Ruffin immediately began crying with joy. During this period the group's baritone Paul Williams was still considered the main lead singer; but due to the success of this single, Kendricks would be given the lead on the next two following singles.

Personnel[edit]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart 11
U.S. Cash Box R&B Singles Chart 1

Other versions[edit]

"The Way You Do the Things You Do" has been recorded or performed by other artists many times, including a second version by The Temptations with Diana Ross & the Supremes in 1968. A special Italian language version was recorded in 1967 by The Temptations themselves, with the title Sei solo tu (It's just you).

Three recordings by others have been released as singles that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 :

  • Rita Coolidge in 1978, #20
  • a live version (part of a medley with "My Girl") by Hall & Oates featuring David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick, in 1985, #25
  • UB40 in 1990, #6

There have also been versions by Eric Donaldson, Elkie Brooks, The Underdogs, Manfred Mann in 1965 on their Mann Made album, the Iveys (Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Ron Griffiths & Mike Gibbins, before Griffiths quit, to be replaced by Joey Molland, at which point the band changed its name to Badfinger [2]) Little Richard on 1971's The King of Rock and Roll, Jordan Pruitt, and Hilary Duff in the movie Raise Your Voice.

The Elkie Brooks version of this song has been used in a Ford commercial.

The Jerry Garcia Band performed the song with an extended jam of the song in concert, often lasting ten minutes or more. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed an extended version, as part of a medley with "634-5789", during their radio-broadcast show at the Apollo Theater and have continued to perform it throughout their 2012 Wrecking Ball Tour.

UB40 cover[edit]

"The Way You Do the Things You Do"
Single by UB40
from the album Labour of Love II
Released 1989
July 1990 France
Format CD single
CD maxi
7" single
Recorded 1989
Genre Reggae
Length 3:03
Label Virgin Records
Producer(s) UB40
Certification Silver France, 1991
UB40 singles chronology
"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"
(1989)
"The Way You Do the Things You Do"
(1990)
"Groovin"
(1991)

"The Way You Do the Things You Do" was covered in 1989 by the band UB40. It was the sixth single from their 1989 album Labour of Love II. The song was released in 1989 in the major of the European countries (in July 1990 in France), and was featured in the Ridley Scott/Michael Douglas film Black Rain.

Track listings[edit]

7"-Single
  1. "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (3:03)
  2. "Splugen" (4:41)
CD-Single
  1. "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (3:03)
  2. "Splugen" (4:41)
CD-Maxi
  1. "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (Jazzy Club Mix) (6:11)
  2. "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (Paradise Mix) (4:07)
  3. "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (3:00)
  4. "Splugen" (4:42)

Personnel[edit]

  • Saxophones : Brian Travers
  • Vocals : Astro, Al Campbell, Robin Campbell
  • Drums : James Brown
  • Percussion : Norman Hassan
  • Bass guitar : Earl Falconer
  • Guitar : Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell
  • Keyboards : Mickey Virtue
  • Mixed by John Shaw, Gerry Parchment, and Bertie Grant

Charts, certifications and sales[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Canada (RPM) 42
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 15
France (SNEP)[4] 11
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 53
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 26
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[7] 49
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[8] 21
End of year chart (1991) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 71
Country Certification Sales/shipments
France Silver[10] 151,000[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 571. 
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK3Jj3l27Y8
  3. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – UB40 – The Way You Do the Things You Do" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  4. ^ "Lescharts.com – UB40 – The Way You Do the Things You Do" (in French). Les classement single.
  5. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  7. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  8. ^ a b Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  9. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  10. ^ UB40's certifications Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved February 12, 2008)
  11. ^ Sales of UB40's singles in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved February 12, 2008)