. He co-wrote with
the classics "My Girl," "Don't Look Back," and "You Beat Me to the Punch." He also played a key role in the career of
when both were preteens.
was the neighborhood paper boy. As adults, the two recorded as the duo Ron and Bill for Chess Records.
, Bobby Rogers
, Pete Moore
, and Claudette Rogers
founded the Matadors in 1955 while still in high school in Detroit, MI. They later became the Miracles
and, after 1967, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
. The group was among the first that Berry Gordy signed to his Motown record label. White
co-wrote "You Beat Me to the Punch," a number one R&B/number nine pop hit for Mary Wells
. The Temptations
' recording of "My Girl" parked at number one R&B for six weeks and went to number one pop on Billboard's charts in early 1965. It was included on the album The Temptations Sing Smokey, which held the number one R&B spot for 18 weeks and made it to number 35 pop in spring 1965. A sample from "My Girl" was used as the basis of the group's hit "Stay" from their 1998 platinum album Phoenix Rising
. Another Temptations
co-wrote, "Don't Look Back," the flip side of "My Baby" (number four R&B), made it to number 15 R&B in late 1965 and was on the LP Temptin' Temptations. They were also featured in the high-rated 1999 NBC-TV bio series The Temptations. After being bolstered by his little brother, White
brought 11-year-old Stevie Wonder
to the attention of Berry Gordy. Robinson
also collaborated on "Fork in ihe Road," the radio-aired B-side of "Tears of a Clown," a 1965 number two R&B hit for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
. Other songs White
co-wrote include "Got a Job" and "Bad Girl" for the Miracles
and "One More Heartache" for a 1966 number four R&B smash for Marvin Gaye
A Ronald White
-related release is the movie soundtrack to My Girl. At the age of 57, Ronald White
died on August 26, 1995, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI.