Temptations

Temptations

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The Temptations were the first Motown group to win a Grammy Award and they have won 3 in total. In 2013, they were honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award: a deserved tribute to a band that helped shape Soul and R&B music as we know it. Amongst their classics are ‘My Girl’ and ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone.’ The line-up is founder member Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr.

Their story is one of the most remarkable in popular music, and it continues to be written. Founder member (and second tenor) Otis Williams, now in his early seventies, seems determined to sustain the legend, still performing with a group of Temptations under his command. In the opening track of the 2004 album Legacy, he sings: Some of the faces change / But the name’s the same / Still the Motor City runnin’ through my veins. “I wouldn’t change anything. God put us here for a reason, and we’re still here years later. The only thing I’m saddened by is that the four brothers who started this with me are no longer here.” Otis Williams of the Temptations.

The Temptations even quit Motown near the end of the 1970s, but returned in 1980 to cut a song co-written for them by Berry Gordy, entitled ‘Power.’ Thirty years later – thirty! – a remix of their ‘Power’ was featured in a commercial for smartphone maker Blackberry. Decades pass, technology evolves – and the Temptations are still temptin’.

Members

Otis Williams (tenor vocals, baritone vocals), Melvin Franklin (bass vocals, 1961-95), Eddie Kendricks (tenor vocals, lead vocals, 1961-71, 1982), Paul Williams (baritone vocals, lead vocals, 1961-71), Elbridge "Al" Bryant (tenor vocals, 1961-63), David Ruffin (lead vocals, tenor vocals, 1964-68, 1982), Dennis Edwards (lead vocals, tenor vocals, 1968-76, 1980-84, 1987), Ricky Owens (tenor vocals, lead vocals, 1971), Damon Harris (tenor vocals, lead vocals, 1971-75), Richard Street (baritone vocals, lead vocals, 1971-92), Glenn Leonard (tenor vocals, lead vocals, 1975-83), Louis Price (lead vocals, tenor vocals, 1976-80), Ron Tyson (tenor vocals, lead vocals, 1983-present), Ali-Ollie Woodson (lead vocals, tenor vocals, 1984-87, 1988-96), Theo Peoples (baritone vocals, lead vocals, 1992-98), Ray Davis (bass vocals, 1995), Harry McGilberry (bass vocals, 1995-2003), Terry Weeks (lead vocals, tenor vocals, 1997-present), Barrington Henderson (baritone vocals, lead vocals, 1998-2003), G.C. Cameron (baritone vocals, lead vocals, 2003-07), Joe Herdon (bass vocals, 2003-15), Bruce Williamson (baritone vocals, lead vocals, 2007-15), Willie Green (bass vocals, 2016-present), Larry Braggs (baritone vocals, lead vocals, 2016-present)

UK Hits Include:

My Girl

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

Get Ready

Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

Cloud Nine

Ball Of Confusion

Just My Imagination

Papa Was A Rolling Stone

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