1999 Inductee Alabama Music Hall of Fame

The most successful soul group of the 1960's, the Temptations, is known for intense vocals, tight harmonies, and dynamic rhythms-- all choreographed into an unforgettable stage routine.

The original lineup, Melvin Franklin (Montgomery, Alabama), Otis Williams (Texas), Paul Williams (Birmingham, Alabama), Eddie Kendricks (Birmingham, Alabama), and David Ruffin, joined forces in Detroit after being involved with different music groups for several years. Originally signed to Motown, Berry Gordy Jr. put Smokey Robinson in charge as the Temptations producer in 1964 and the hits started.

Their first hit song "The Way You Do The Things You Do" was R&B chart #11 in April 1964. It was followed by "Why You Wanna Make Me Blue", #26 in October 1964 and "My Girl", #1 in March 1965, which introduced the Temptations to white audiences.

In October, 1968, David Ruffin left the group for a solo group and was replaced by Birmingham native, Dennis Edwards. He spent the next nine years as lead singer, his gritty leads fueling such songs as "Cloud Nine,", "I Can't Get Next to You," and "Psychedelic Shack."

New members of the Temptations, Damon Harris and Richard Street, brought with them a pop sound that resulted in "Papa Was a Rolling Stone", #1 on the pop charts in 1972. That year also brought the group three Grammy Awards, Best Rhythm and Blues Song and Best R&B Instrumental Performance.

Ali Ollie Woodson who grew up in Town Creek, Alabama auditioned for the group back in 1977 and maintained an ongoing relationship with members of the group before finally joining in 1984. With Woodson in the lead, the Tempts wedded timeless harmony with '80s techno-pop and came up with a snappy hit in "Treat Her Like A Lady."

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


the temptations on ed sullivan show 1969

(Above) The Temptations perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in September 1969. Left to right: Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, and Dennis Edwards.


The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the group has been said to be as influential to R&B and soul as The Beatles are to pop and rock.[1]

Known to always feature at least five male vocalists and dancers, the group formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan under the name The Elgins. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history.[2][3][4] As of 2013, the Temptations continue to perform and record for Universal Music Group with its one living original member, Otis Williams, still in its lineup.

The original founding members of the group were Otis Williams, Elbridge "Al" Bryant, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, and Paul Williams. The members were from two former rival vocal groups, the Distants and the Primes. In 1964, Bryant was replaced by David Ruffin. Four years later, Ruffin was replaced by Dennis Edwards. In 1971, the lineup changed again when Kendricks and Paul Williams were replaced by Ricky Owens and Richard Street. The former replacement was soon replaced by Damon Harris. Like its "sister" group, The Supremes, the Temptations' lineup has changed frequently over the years.

Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and fourteen R&B number-one singles. Their material earned them three Grammy Awards. The Temptations was the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award and in 2013 the group received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Six of the Temptations (Edwards, Franklin, Kendricks, Ruffin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams) were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Three classic Temptations songs, "My Girl", "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)", and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The Temptations were also ranked at #68 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time.

Top Ten albums

The following albums reached the Top Ten on either the United States pop or R&B albums charts or the United Kingdom pop albums chart

  • 1965: The Temptations Sing Smokey (R&B #1)
  • 1965: The Temptin' Temptations (R&B #1)
  • 1966: Gettin' Ready (R&B #1)
  • 1966: Greatest Hits (R&B #1) (US #5)
  • 1967: Temptations Live! (R&B #1) (US #10)
  • 1967: The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul (R&B #1) (US #7)
  • 1967: The Temptations in a Mellow Mood (R&B #1)
  • 1968: The Temptations Wish It Would Rain (R&B #1)
  • 1968: The Temptations Show (R&B #2)
  • 1968: Diana Ross & the Supremes Join The Temptations (with Diana Ross & The Supremes) (R&B #1) (US #2)
  • 1968: TCB (with Diana Ross & The Supremes) (R&B #1) (US #1)
  • 1968: Live at the Copa (R&B #2)
  • 1969: Cloud Nine (R&B #1) (US #4)
  • 1969: Puzzle People (R&B #1) (US #5)
  • 1969: Together (R&B #6)
  • 1969: On Broadway (R&B #4)
  • 1970: Psychedelic Shack (R&B #1) (US #9)
  • 1970: Live at London's Talk of the Town (R&B #5)
  • 1970: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (R&B #2)
  • 1971: Sky's the Limit (R&B #2)
  • 1972: Solid Rock (R&B #1)
  • 1972: All Directions (R&B #1) (US #2)
  • 1973: Masterpiece (R&B #1) (US #7)
  • 1973: Anthology (R&B #5)
  • 1973: 1990 (R&B #2)
  • 1975: A Song for You (R&B #1)
  • 1975: Wings of Love (R&B #3)
  • 1976: The Temptations Do The Temptations (R&B #10)
  • 1982: Reunion (R&B #2)
  • 1984: Truly for You (R&B #3)
  • 1986: To Be Continued (R&B #4)

Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Temptations


More info:

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Temptations

Classic Motown http://classic.motown.com/artist_pages/the-temptations/

Vocal Group Hall of Fame http://www.vocalgroup.org/inductees/the_temptations.html

Allmusic http://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-temptations-mn0000569685

Official Website http://www.temptationssing.com/


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