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The Temptations

Thanks to their fine-tuned choreography -- and even finer harmonies -- the Temptations became the definitive male vocal group of the 1960s; one of Motown's most elastic acts, they tackled both lush pop and politically charged funk with equal flair, and weathered a steady stream of changes in personnel and consumer tastes with rare dignity and grace. The Temptations' initial five-man lineup formed in Detroit in 1961 as a merger of two local vocal groups, the Primes and the Distants. Baritone Otis Williams, Elbridge (aka El, or Al) Bryant, and bass vocalist Melvin Franklin were longtime veterans of the Detroit music scene when they joined together in the Distants, who in 1959 recorded the single "Come On" for the local Northern label. Around the same time, the Primes, a trio comprised of tenor Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams (no relation to Otis), and Kell Osborne, relocated to the Motor City from their native Alabama; they quickly found success locally, and their manager even put together a girl group counterpart dubbed the Primettes. (Later, three of the Primettes -- Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard -- formed the Supremes).

In 1961, the Primes disbanded, but not before Otis Williams saw them perform live, where he was impressed both by Kendricks' vocal prowess and Paul Williams' choreography skills. Soon, Otis Williams, Paul Williams, Bryant, Franklin, and Kendricks joined together as the Elgins; after a name change to the Temptations, they signed to the Motown subsidiary Miracle, where they released a handful of singles over the ensuing months. Only one, the 1962 effort "Dream Come True," achieved any commercial success, however, and in 1963, Bryant either resigned or was fired after physically attacking Paul Williams. The Tempts' fortunes changed dramatically in 1964 when they recruited tenor David Ruffin to replace Bryant; after entering the studio with writer/producer Smokey Robinson, they emerged with the pop smash "The Way You Do the Things You Do," the first in a series of 37 career Top Ten hits. With Robinson again at the helm, they returned in 1965 with their signature song, "My Girl," a number one pop and R&B hit; other Top 20 hits that year included "It's Growing," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Don't Look Back," and "My Baby."

In 1966, the Tempts recorded another Robinson hit, "Get Ready," before forgoing his smooth popcraft for the harder-edged soul of producers Norman Whitfield and Brian Holland. After spotlighting Kendricks on the smash "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," the group allowed Ruffin to take control over a string of hits including "Beauty's Only Skin Deep" and "(I Know) I'm Losing You." Beginning around 1967, Whitfield assumed full production control, and their records became ever rougher and more muscular, as typified by the 1968 success "I Wish It Would Rain." After Ruffin failed to appear at a 1968 live performance, the other four Tempts fired him; he was replaced by ex-Contour Dennis Edwards, whose less polished voice adapted perfectly to the psychedelic-influenced soul period the group entered following the success of the single "Cloud Nine." As the times changed, so did the group, and as the 1960s drew to a close, the Temptations' music became overtly political; in the wake of "Cloud Nine" -- its title a thinly veiled drug allegory -- came records like "Run Away Child, Running Wild," "Psychedelic Shack," and "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)."

After the chart-topping success of the gossamer ballad "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" in 1971, Kendricks exited for a solo career. Soon, Paul Williams left the group as well; long plagued by alcoholism and other personal demons, he was eventually discovered dead from a self-inflected gunshot wound on August 17, 1973, at the age of 34. In their stead, the remaining trio recruited tenors Damon Harris and Richard Street; after the 1971 hit "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)," they returned in 1972 with the brilliant number one single "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." While the Tempts hit the charts regularly throughout 1973 with "Masterpiece," "Let Your Hair Down," and "The Plastic Man," their success as a pop act gradually dwindled as the '70s wore on. After Harris exited in 1975 (replaced by tenor Glenn Leonard), the group cut 1976's The Temptations Do the Temptations, their final album for Motown. With Louis Price taking over for Edwards, they signed to Atlantic, and attempted to reach the disco market with the LPs Bare Back and Hear to Tempt You.

After Edwards returned to the fold (resulting in Price's hasty exit), the Temptations re-entered the Motown stable, and scored a 1980 hit with "Power." In 1982, Ruffin and Kendricks returned for Reunion, which also included all five of the current Temptations; a tour followed, but problems with Motown, as well as personal differences, cut Ruffin's and Kendricks' tenures short. In the years that followed, the Temptations continued touring and recording, although by the '90s they were essentially an oldies act; only Otis Williams, who published his autobiography in 1988, remained from the original lineup. The intervening years were marked by tragedy: after touring in the late '80s with Kendricks and Edwards as a member of the "Tribute to the Temptations" package tour, Ruffin died on June 1, 1991, after overdosing on cocaine; he was 50 years old. On October 5, 1992, Kendricks died at the age of 52 of lung cancer, and on February 23, 1995, 52-year-old Franklin passed away after suffering a brain seizure. In 1998, the Temptations returned with Phoenix Rising; that same year, their story was also the subject of a well-received NBC television mini-series. Ear-Resistable followed in the spring of 2000 and would win the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance the following year. In 2004, Legacy became their last album for Motown as 2006’s Reflections was released by New Door. The label also released their 2007 effort, Back to Front, which featured new recordings of soul classics from the '60s and '70s. After three years of touring the globe, they returned with Still Here, which was issued on the eve of their 50th anniversary. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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I'm only 15 and I like old school rap like run dmc and a tribe called quest but the temptations I love their music
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LOVE THE TEMPTATIONS, THESE BROTHERS WERE ALWAYS SHARP,
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THESE BROTHERS WERE SHARP!!!!!! ONE OF KIND !!!!!!!!!
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elshab37
An outstanding group of men....
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everybody wanted to sing like the Temps, Their sound their moves, they were smooth as silk. On stage they sounded just like the records that's sangin! Temps Foreever
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True American music royalty enjoy by black and white , young and old alike. God bless Them
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Beautiful song another classic
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my favorite group
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The temptations rocks.
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cvasilovski
I phone i phone i phone i phone i phone blue
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Old school baby it me bring me memories at the boulevard
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trinn17
Just another example of the genius & creativity of Barry Gordy's Motown. A lot great music came out of that studio eh?
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Love the movie and the song my girl ����
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Temptations
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EVERYBODY HAD THEIR OWN SPECIAL TEMPTS VOCAL ,THAT TOOK THEM WHERE THEY NEEDED TO BE AT A CERTAIN MOMENT IN THEIR LIVES.PAST,P R E S E N T , O R FOR YOU NEWBIES, THE FUTURE!!!. MINE WAS,IS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE, YOU'RE MY EVERYTHING. BECAUSE THAT GIRL ,DID KNOW MAGIC!!!!!!.
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Suze36
This music is divine. I'm listening every second that I'm able. I'm having an affair with my iPhone & Pandora.
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I would to hear from you
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Superstition is that what it is oh well go with woo woo.
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That sucks that Paul quit he was a good
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I'm 11 years old and I know probably all of their songs favorite song my girl and oh mamma
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Just can't give me so much good memories I love you because you are number one and always will be
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what a great harmony these guys had'''''
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I guess you say what can make me feel this way my girl!❤
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Love this music♡
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Go tarheels nothing liked them boys lol
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Yes! What is going on? Still waiting for the answer. What's going on ?
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So bad brothers.... . Love that sound. Detroit is in the house.
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Dear Lord hear my prayer!
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Oh girl is one of the song that I listen to if any others are all original like Elvis.
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Im 12 and this is my jam!!!! My girl is the best
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Dis is one of my favorites by da temptations
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Love it!!!!!!
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LOVE MY GIRL AND THE OLD TUNES AS WELL
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I can't get enuff
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SIMPLY PUT THE BEST OF THE BEST LUV Y'ALL SO MUCH
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darnellchamb e r s 3 0
One of my Favorites
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they wrap you up in the past as you felt it happened where all your dreams could come true and sometimes did
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Love the oldies !!!


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Good song and love the movie pure gold
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All of the one that said what group os tThe Temptations the original
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Chilites
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Chilies
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Marc anthony
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There is nothing like the original TEMPTATIONS
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Papa left them nothing!
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I love this Song so much and I could listen to it a thousand times.
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ my boy
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