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I Can't Get Next To You

When the Temptations released their debut Motown Records single "Oh Mother of Mine," Paul Williams was firmly ensconced as the group's lead singer. But by the time the Tempts scored their second number-one pop hit with "I Can't Get Next to You," Williams' life and career were in irreversible decline, his formidable baritone confined almost exclusively to backing vocals and the occasional B-side showcase.Read more...

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Track Facts

The single was the second of the Temptations' four number-one hits on the United States pop charts, and was also one of the best-selling singles the group released. Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1969.
The applause that starts the song, which is cut short by Dennis Edwards' spoken "Hold it, hold it, listen" line, was sampled in another Temptations song "Psychedelic Shack."

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