You hear the summery guitar riff. Then a drumroll clicks like the snap of fingers. Finally that first verse opens up: "I've got sunshine, on a cloudy day ..."
With this, the intro to My Girl, you are transported back to the golden age of Motown. In this case, it's just before Christmas 1964. The single is released and three months later becomes the first No. 1 hit for The Temptations.
In the following decade, the vocal group would become one of Motown's most bankable ensembles. It was also an act willing to change with the times. While initial hits like Ain't Too Proud to Beg and Get Ready helped define Motown's bright, accessible soul sound, the emergence of producer Norman Whitfield helped the Temptations find a place with a new and growing urban music audience. Late '60s and early '70s hits like Cloud Nine, Psychedelic Shack, Ball of Confusion and especially Papa Was a Rolling Stone were cornerstone songs of a genre that became known as "psychedelic soul."
The Temptations, who play Saturday and Sunday in Frankfort for the Alltech Fortnight Festival, continue today with singer Otis Williams as its lone original member.
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At Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza: UK Jazz Ensemble, 1:30 p.m. Bluegrass Area Jazz Ensemble, 3 p.m. DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra, 5 p.m. Here Come the Mummies, funk band known for dressing like mummies, 9 p.m.
At Cheapside Park: Logan Leet, singer/songwriter, 1 p.m. Kati Penn and Newtown, bluegrass, 3 p.m. No Tools Loaned, country/bluegrass, 5:30 p.m. Mother Jane, folk, 8:30 p.m.
At Triangle Park: Kentucky Market, local vendors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Hemp rope accessories kids activity, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Kentucky Treasure Box kids activity, 2-6 p.m.
ALLTECH FORTNIGHT FESTIVAL
Randall Bramblett, singer/songwriter. 8 p.m. Natasha's Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade. $15-$17. (859) 259-2754. www.beetnik.com
Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band at Oktoberfest. 9:15 p.m. Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Blvd. Free. (859) 268-2861
Maryjean Wall signs and discusses How Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers and Breeders, 2 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, The Mall at Lexington Green. Free. (859) 273-2911. Josephbeth.com
And She Said ..., dance theater work showcasing women's poetry on love and war. 5 p.m., Bharatiya Temple and Cultural Center, 3050 N. Cleveland Rd. $10, $5 students and children. (859) 294-4277. btccky.org
Keith McGill and Rik Roberts, comedy, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m., Comedy Off Broadway, 161 Lexington Green Cir. $14. (859) 271-5653. Comedyoffbroadway.com
Blessid Union of Souls, R&B. 8 p.m., Frankfort Convention Center, Frankfort. $20. (502) 875-1130. Star1037.com