Treat Her Like a Lady (The Temptations song)

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"Treat Her Like a Lady"
Treat Her Like a Lady Cover.jpg
Single by The Temptations
from the album Truly for You
ReleasedNovember 6, 1984
RecordedMarch–April, 1984
  • 3:59 (single edit)
  • 4:40 (album version)
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 American vocal group by the Temptations. Released on November 6, 1984 but airplay October 1984, this is the first single on which Ali-Ollie Woodson was lead singer. The song appears on Temptations' album Truly for You, also released in 1984. The song was co-written by Woodson and Otis Williams, and was co-produced by Woodson and former Earth, Wind & Fire member Al McKay and Ralph Johnson.


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

Chart history[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

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.