Since I Lost My Baby
Release Date: June 1st, 1965
Words by: Roland Ellis
June 1st, 2015
In June, 1965 "Since I Lost My Baby" was a hit single for Motown group The Temptations, reaching the top 20 on the Billboard singles chart. Written by Smokey Robinson and Pete Moore, the song was initially slated for release by Robinson's own vocal group, The Miracles. It was decided, however, that the track was better suited to the voice of Temptations' lead singer, David Ruffin.
Like all soul greats, Ruffin seems almost effortless in his vocal delivery. His tone, pitch and timing are all perfectly measured, as though singing comes as naturally to him as breathing to the rest of us.
Founding members of The Temptations, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams and Otis Williams, provide backing vocals. Otis Williams' voice is responsible for the prominent baritone BV's.
Since its release the song has been covered by many artists, including The Action (produced by George Martin) and Luther Vandross. Vandross' 1983 version made an impression on the Billboard charts also, peaking at number 17.