Treat Her Like a Lady (The Temptations song)

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"Treat Her Like a Lady"
Single by The Temptations
from the album Truly for You
Released 1984
Genre Electropop, R&B
Writer(s) Ali-Ollie Woodson and Otis Williams
Producer(s) Ali-Ollie Woodson; Al McKay; Ralph Johnson
The Temptations singles chronology
"Sail Away"
"Treat Her Like a Lady"
"My Love is True (Truly for You)"

"Treat Her Like a Lady" is a 1984 single by The Temptations and the first single where Ali-Ollie Woodson was lead singer. The song appears on Temptations' album Truly for You.

The song was co-written by Woodson himself and Otis Williams, and was co-produced by Woodson and former Earth, Wind & Fire members Al McKay and Ralph Johnson.

The single was The Temptation's biggest success on R&B radio since 1975, reaching #2 on the R&B charts, and just missing the Pop Top 40 at number 48.[1] It also reached #12 in the UK Singles chart.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984-85) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 48
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[3] 13
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 2
UK Singles 12

Song in Popular Culture[edit]

  • "Treat Her Like A Lady" was heard in the 1985 film The Last Dragon during the Sum Dum Goy Fortune Cookie Company scene. However, the song was not included in the film's soundtrack.
  • The song appeared on the episode of The Jamie Foxx Show in which Woodson guest stars playing the piano where Jamie (Jamie Foxx) is mistakenly committed to the psychiatric ward which originally aired in 1997.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 572. 
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  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 256.