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The Temptations

The "Classic 5" lineup of The Temptations, circa 1965: David Ruffin (bottom left), Melvin Franklin (top left), Paul Williams (top right), Otis Williams (bottom right), and Eddie Kendricks (center).
Background information
Also known as Otis Williams & the Siberians, The Primes, The Distants, Otis Williams & the Distants, The Elgins, The Pirates
Origin Detroit, Michigan,
United States
Genres R&B
Soul
Funk
Doo-wop
Years active 1960–present
Labels Warwick, Gordy, Motown, Atlantic, New Door/Universal
Associated acts The Supremes
The Temptations Review
The Primes
Website www.otiswilliams.net
Members
Otis Williams
Terry Weeks
Joe Herndon
Ron Tyson
Bruce Williamson
Former members
Elbridge "Al" Bryant (deceased)
Melvin Franklin (deceased)
Eddie Kendricks (deceased)
Paul Williams (deceased)
David Ruffin (deceased)
Dennis Edwards
Richard Street
Ricky Owens (deceased)
Damon Harris
Glenn Leonard
Louis Price
Ali-Ollie Woodson
Theo Peoples
Ray Davis (deceased)
Harry McGilberry (deceased)
Barrington "Bo" Henderson
G. C. Cameron
.The Temptations are an American vocal group that achieved fame as one of the most successful acts to record for Motown.^ The Temptations The Temptations (sometimes abbreviated as The Temps or The Tempts) is an American vocal group that has achieved fame for putting together one of the most successful acts to record for Motown Records.
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^ The Temptations were the most versatile of Motown's vocal groups, and one of the most successful soul acts of the 1960s.
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^ They are an American Motown singing group.
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.The group's repertoire has included, at various times during its five-decade career, R&B, doo-wop, funk, disco, soul, and adult contemporary music.^ American soul musical groups (11) .
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^ Their music has encompassed doo-wop, soul, psychedelic, funk, disco and R&B sounds.
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^ This album should be included in a time capsule of Soul Music....
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.Formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960 as The Elgins, the Temptations have always featured at least five male vocalists/dancers.^ Formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1960 as The Elgins, The Temptations have always featured five African-American male vocalists/dancers.
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^ They formed in Detroit, Michigan.
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^ Formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1960 as The Elgins, The Temptations have always featured at least five male vocalists/dancers.
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.The group, known for its recognizable choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy onstage suits, has been said to be as influential to soul as The Beatles are to pop and rock.^ The group, known for its recognizable choreography, distinct harmonies, and onstage suits, has been said to be as influential to soul as the Beatles are to rock.
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^ The group, known for its recognizable choreography, distinct harmonies, and onstage suits, has been said to be as influential to soul as The Beatles are to pop and rock.
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^ The group, known for its recognizable choreography, distinct harmonies, and onstage suits, has been said to be as influential to soul as the Beatles are to rock .
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[1] .Having sold tens of millions of albums,[2] the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history[3] and were the definitive male vocal group of the 1960s.^ Having sold tens of millions of albums and winning numerous awards, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history.
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^ Having sold an estimated 22 million albums by 1982,The Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music historyand were the definitive male vocal group of the 1960s.
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^ Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history and were the definitive male vocal group of the 1960s.
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[4] .In addition, they have the second-longest tenure on Motown behind Stevie Wonder, as they were with the label for a total of 40 years: 16 years from 1961 to 1977, and 24 more from 1980 to 2004 (from 1977 to 1980, they were signed to Atlantic Records).^ Signed by Motown in 1961, they recorded seven singles that barely made any noise.

^ In addition, they have the second-longest tenure on Motown (behind Stevie Wonder), as they were with the label for a total of 40 years: 16 years from 1961 to 1977, and 24 more from 1980 to 2004 (from 1977 to 1980, they were signed to Atlantic Records).
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^ In addition, they have the second-longest tenure on Motown (behind Stevie Wonder ), as they were with the label for a total of 40 years: 16 years from 1961 to 1977, and 24 more from 1980 to 2004 (from 1977 to 1980, they were signed to Atlantic Records ).
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.As of 2009, the Temptations continue to perform and record for Universal Records with the one living original member, co-founder Otis Williams, still in its lineup.^ These Temptations are not to be confused with The Temptations, headed by Otis Williams, the only living member and co-founder of the original group.
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^ As of 2009, The Temptations continue to perform and record for Universal Records with the one living original member, co-founder Otis Williams, still in its lineup.
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^ As of 2007, the Temptations continue to perform and record for Universal Records with only one original member, founder Otis Williams , in its lineup.
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.The original group included members of two local Detroit vocal groups: from The Distants, second tenor Otis Williams, first tenor Elbridge "Al" Bryant and bass Melvin Franklin; and from The Primes, first tenor/falsetto Eddie Kendricks and second tenor/baritone Paul Williams (no relation to Otis).^ The original group was formed by Otis Williams (who sang baritone), Elbridge "Al" Bryant (first tenor), Melvin Franklin (bass), Eddie Kendricks (falsetto) and Paul Williams (second tenor).
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^ The original group included members of two local Detroit vocal groups: from The Distants, second tenor Otis Williams, first tenor Elbridge "Al" Bryant and bass Melvin Franklin; and from The Primes, first tenor/falsetto Eddie Kendricks and second tenor/baritone Paul Williams (no relation to Otis).
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^ Replacing Elbridge Bryant, Ruffin brought a raspy, gospel-style tenor and fervent showmanship to the Temptations, serving as a perfect complement to the groups vocal blend, which included Kendricks high tenor, Otis Williams middle tenor, Paul Williams baritone and Melvin Franklins deep bass voice.

.Among the most notable future Temptations were lead singers David Ruffin and Dennis Edwards (both of whom became successful Motown solo artists after leaving the group), Richard Street (another former Distant), Damon Harris, Ron Tyson, Ali-Ollie Woodson, Theo Peoples, and G. C. Cameron.^ Bernard Gibson was fired in 2006 [31] , and replaced by another former Temptation, Ali-Ollie Woodson.
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^ Paul Williams then departed the group, replaced by another member of the Distants, Richard Street.

^ Then singer David Ruffin entered the picture.
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.Like its sister female group, the Supremes, the Temptations' lineup has changed frequently particularly in recent decades.^ Like its sister female group, the Supremes , the Temptations' lineup has changed frequently over the years.
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^ Like its sister female group, the Supremes, the Temptations' lineup has changed frequently particularly in recent decades.
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^ Like its sister female group, the Supremes, the Temptations' lineup has changed frequently over the years.
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.Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and 14 Billboard R&B number-one singles.^ Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and 14 Billboard R&B number-one singles.
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^ Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles .
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^ Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and 14 Billboard R&B number-one singles .
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.Their material has earned them three Grammy Awards, while two more awards were conferred upon the songwriters and producers who crafted their 1972 hit "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone". The Temptations were the first Motown act to earn a Grammy Award.^ Record Producer more Awards: .
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^ Their material has earned them three Grammy Awards, while two more awards were conferred upon the songwriters and producers who crafted their 1972 hit "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone".
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^ The Temptations were the first Motown act to earn a Grammy Award.
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.Six Temptations (Dennis Edwards, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Otis Williams, and Paul Williams) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Three classic Temptations songs, "My Girl", "Ain't Too Proud to Beg", and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.^ "Since I Lost My Baby," which like "My Girl" was in the doo-wop vein, and the rollicking "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (later famously covered by the Rolling Stones) followed with the Mississippi native out front.

^ Kendricks rekindled his friendship with David Ruffin, who persuaded him to quit the Temptations and go solo.
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^ The Temptations My Girl Lyrics are provided for educational and learning purposes only.
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Contents

History

The Primes

.Childhood friends Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Kel Osbourne, and Wiley Waller formed a doo-wop group called the Cavaliers in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955.[5] Reduced to a trio after Waller left the group in 1957, Kendricks, Williams, and Osbourne left Birmingham in order to break into the music business.^ As teenagers, Williams, Kendricks, and their friends Kel Osboure and Wiley Waller performed in a secular singing group known as The Cavaliers, with dreams of making it big in the music industry.
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^ Music, Don Waller Before they were a great soul group, they were a great doo-wop...
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^ The Primes, a trio of childhood friends from Birmingham, Alabama consisting of Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks , and Kell Osborne; and their sister group, The Primettes who would eventually evolve into The Supremes.
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.After first moving to Cleveland, Ohio, they settled in Detroit.^ After first moving to Cleveland, Ohio , they settled in Detroit.
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^ After first moving to Cleveland, Ohio, they settled in Detroit.
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^ After graduation they moved to Cleveland where they met manager Milton Jenkins, who felt the group would do better based out of Detroit.

.The Primes, as the doo-wop trio was now called, were well-known around Detroit for their meticulous performances.^ The Primes, as the doo-wop trio was now called, were well-known around Detroit for their meticulous performances.
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^ This time they went backward -- beyond their own earliest hits -- all the way to their streetcorner days in the fifties, as a Detroit doo-wop group.
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^ Now known as The Primes, the trio moved to Cleveland, Ohio , and eventually found a manager in Milton Jenkins, who moved the group to Detroit, Michigan .
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[6] .Group manager Milton Jenkins even created a sister group for the Primes called the Primettes, recruiting Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diane (later Diana) Ross, and Betty McGlown for the spin-off act.^ (Later, three of the Primettes Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard formed the Supremes ).
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^ (Later, three of the Primettes — Diana Ross , Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard — formed the Supremes ).
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^ (Later, three of the Primettes - Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard - formed the Supremes).

.Eddie Kendricks was already becoming a local "Matinee Idol", and Paul Williams was known for his powerful baritone voice, having an adult style even as a teenager.^ Eddie Kendricks was already becoming a local "Matinee Idol" with his smooth voice and teasing delivery and Paul Williams was known as a stage act you did not want to follow in a talent show.

^ Williams had a powerful baritone voice and an adult style even as a teenager.

^ Eddie Kendricks was already becoming a local "Matinee Idol", and Paul Williams was known for his powerful baritone voice, having an adult style even as a teenager.
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[5]

The Distants

.Otis Williams had moved from his native Texarkana, Texas to Detroit as a young boy, to live with his mother.^ Otis Williams had moved from his native Texarkana, Texas to Detroit as a young boy, to live with his mother.

^ "Otis Williams" transferred to Detroit from Texas.
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^ Otis Miles 30 October 1941, Texarkana, Texas, USA) came from the Distants.
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[7] .By 1958, he was the leader of Otis Williams & the Siberians, a doo-wop group that included Williams, his friend Elbridge "Al" Bryant, James "Pee-Wee" Crawford, Vernard Plain, and Arthur Walton.^ Al, or El) Bryant, and Melvin Franklin had been in a series of Detroit groups, including Williams' Siberians and Otis Williams and the Distants.
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^ By 1958, he was the leader of Otis Williams & the Siberians, a doo-wop group that included Williams, his friend Elbridge "Al" Bryant, James "Pee-Wee" Crawford, Vernard Plain, and Arthur Walton.

^ Al, or El) Bryant, and Melvin Franklin had been in a series of Detroit groups, including Williams’ Siberians and Otis Williams and the Distants.
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[6] .This quintet recorded the single "Pecos Kid" backed with "All of My Life" for a label run by local radio deejay Senator Bristol Bryant.^ This quintet recorded the single "Pecos Kid" backed with "All of My Life" for a label run by local radio deejay Senator Bristol Bryant.
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^ 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.
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^ The recorded version of "My Girl" was the first Temptations' single to feature David Ruffin (a tenor who was recruited by Smokey Robinson) on lead vocals.
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[6] .The single never took off outside the local Detroit market, and the Siberians changed their name to The El Domingoes shortly afterward.^ The single never took off outside the local Detroit market, and the Siberians changed their name to The El Domingoes shortly afterward.
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^ A year later, after replacing two singers and changing the groups name to the El Domingoes, Williams signed with Northern Records, run by Johnnie Mae Matthews, who changed the groups name to the Distants.
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^ Al, or El) Bryant, and Melvin Franklin had been in a series of Detroit groups, including Williams’ Siberians and Otis Williams and the Distants.
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[5]
.At this time, more changes took place.^ At this time, more changes took place.
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^ After the first time the chorus is sung, the key changes from F to G. The narrator's love for the girl "grows a little more / Than it was the day before."
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.Montgomery, Alabama native Melvin Franklin replaced Arthur Walton as the bass singer and Franklin's cousin, Detroit-born Richard Street, replaced Vernard Plain as lead singer.^ Montgomery, Alabama native Melvin Franklin replaced Arthur Walton as the bass singer and Franklin's cousin, Detroit-born Richard Street , replaced Vernard Plain as lead singer.The group soon signed with Northern Records, run by Johnnie Mae Matthews, who renamed the group The Distants .
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^ Montgomery, Alabama native Melvin Franklin replaced Arthur Walton as the bass singer, and Franklin's cousin Richard Street replaced Vernard Plain as lead singer.

^ Montgomery, Alabama native Melvin Franklin replaced Arthur Walton as the bass singer and Franklin's cousin, Detroit-born Richard Street, replaced Vernard Plain as lead singer.
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[8] .The group soon signed with Northern Records, run by Johnnie Mae Matthews, who renamed the group The Distants.^ The group soon signed with Northern Records, run by Johnnie Mae Matthews, who renamed the group The Distants.
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^ A year later, after replacing two singers and changing the groups name to the El Domingoes, Williams signed with Northern Records, run by Johnnie Mae Matthews, who changed the groups name to the Distants.
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^ Sooner, they signed a recording contract under Northern Records, headed by "Johnnie Mae Matthews".
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.The Distants recorded two singles for Northern, "Come On" (1959, featuring additional background vocals by the Andantes), and "Alright" (1960).^ On Ear-Resistable the socially conscious moment comes in the shape of “Error of Our Ways,” which once again features the vocals of Wanda Vaughn.
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^ Their final two singles were products of T-Electric Records and featured a new member, Cleveland, OH native, Michael Bell replacing Richardson.
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^ In 1962 the group is switched to Motowns new Gordy Records and releases the labels first single "Dream Come True"(#22 R&B).
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[8] .Between these two releases, Albert "Mooch" Harrell replaced Pee-Wee Crawford.^ A few weeks later, James "Pee Wee" Crawford dropped out, and was replaced by Albert "Mooch" Harrell.
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^ In between these releases, "Albert Harrell" replaced Pee-Wee.
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^ Between these two releases, Albert "Mooch" Harrell replaced Pee-Wee Crawford.
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[8] ."Come On" was a local hit for the Distants, and the Warwick label picked the record up for national distribution.^ "Come On" was a local hit for the Distants, and the Warwick label picked the record up for national distribution.
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^ After a couple of local hits, Come On (1959) and Alright (1960), Come On was picked up by the Warwick label for national distribution and Matthews declared Williams the leader and renamed the group Otis Williams & the Distants.
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^ None of his subjects could come up with a hit for the act many considered the finest in his ...
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[8] .After the release of "Alright", Matthews appointed Williams the group leader, and the group was renamed Otis Williams & the Distants.^ After the release of "Alright", Matthews appointed Williams the group leader, and the group was renamed Otis Williams & the Distants.
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^ After the release of "Alright", Matthews appointed Williams the group leader, and the group was renamed Otis Williams & the Distants .
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^ The groups name became "Otis Williams & The Distants".
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.Though Otis Williams had a pleasant, but unremarkable, lead voice, he organized the group and so became the defacto leader, as he would later with the Temptations.^ Though Otis Williams had a pleasant, but unremarkable, lead voice, he organized the group and so became the defacto leader, as he would later with the Temptations.
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^ Williams continues to lead the Temptations to this day.
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^ The groups name became "Otis Williams & The Distants".
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[9][citation needed]

Influences and colleagues

.The Primes and the Distants were influenced by several Detroit groups, the most famous of which was the Miracles led by Smokey Robinson.^ The Primes and the Distants were but two of dozens of local male vocal acts, the most famous of which was the Miracles , led by Smokey Robinson .
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^ The Primes and the Distants were but two of dozens of local male vocal acts, the most famous of which was the Miracles, led by Smokey Robinson.

^ The original group included members of two local Detroit vocal groups: The Distants and the what?
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.The Miracles were known for their stage show, and their pop success was something for which both groups strived.^ The Miracles were known for their stage show, and their pop success was something for which both groups strived.
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^ The group, known for its recognizable choreography, distinct harmonies, and onstage suits, has been said to be as influential to soul as The Beatles are to pop and rock.
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^ The group, known for its recognizable choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy onstage suits, has been said to be as influential to soul as The Beatles are to pop and rock.
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[10] .Other important inspirations included the Cadillacs, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, the Drifters, and the Isley Brothers.^ Other important inspirations included the Cadillacs , Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers , the Drifters , and the Isley Brothers .
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^ Other important inspirations included the Cadillacs, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, the Drifters, and the Isley Brothers.

[11]
.The various members of the Primes and the Distants, who would later become part of the Temptations, met a number of their future Motown bandmates, labelmates, and producers during the early part of their careers.^ The various members of the Primes and the Distants who would later become part of the Temptations met a number of their later Motown bandmates, labelmates, and producers during the early part of their careers.
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^ The Temptations were born in Detroit in 1961, a marriage of members of the Distants and the Primes, and signed to Motown.
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^ The various members of The Primes and the Distants who would later become part of the Temptations met a number of their later Motown bandmates, labelmates, and producers during the early part of their careers.

.Melvin Franklin had been a member of the recording group the Voice Masters, which also included among its ranks Lamont Dozier, his cousin David Ruffin, and another cousin, Jackie Wilson.^ Melvin Franklin had been a member of the recording group the Voice Masters, which also included among its ranks Lamont Dozier and David Ruffin (his cousin), and another cousin was none other than Jackie Wilson.
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^ Melvin Franklin had been a member of the recording group the Voice Masters, which also included among its ranks Lamont Dozier and David Ruffin, and his cousin was none other than Jackie Wilson.

^ The disc doesn't list the group members, but Melvin Franklin's last recordings are here.
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[8] .The musicians at the recording session for the Distants' "Come On" included James Jamerson on bass, the Andantes on background vocals, and future Temptations producer Norman Whitfield on tambourine.^ The musicians at the recording session for the Distants' "Come On" included James Jamerson on bass; the Andantes on background vocals; and Norman Whitfield on tambourine.

^ Producer Norman Whitfield led the way.
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^ Albums produced by Norman Whitfield (36) .
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[8]

Forming the Temptations

.
A promotional image of the original early 1960s Temptations lineup.
^ A promotional image of the original early 1960s Temptations lineup.
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^ As of 2009, The Temptations continue to perform and record for Universal Records with the one living original member, co-founder Otis Williams, still in its lineup.
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^ In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Temptations and producer Whitfield pioneered the "psychedelic soul" movement, which was characterized by an electric funk sound and socially conscious lyrics.

Clockwise from top right: Otis Williams, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, and Elbridge "Al" Bryant.
.Although "Come On" was a local hit in the Detroit area, the Distants never saw much of their share from the record sales, and the second single was not as successful.^ Although "Come On" was a local success in the Detroit area, the Distants never saw much of their share from the record sales, and the second single was not as successful.
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^ 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.
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^ Although the group now had a record deal, Paul Williams and his bandmates endured a long series of failed singles before finally hitting the Billboard Top 20 in 1964 with " The Way You Do the Things You Do ."
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.After receiving an offer from Berry Gordy of Motown Records, the group got out of its contract with Matthews and left Northern.^ Later in 1960, Williams group received an offer from CEO Berry Gordy of Motown Records.
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^ Anniversary of Berry Gordy’s legendary Motown records.
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^ After receiving an offer from Berry Gordy of Motown Records, the group got out of its contract with Matthews and left Northern.

.At the same time, it lost Mooch Harrell, Richard Street, and the rights to use its name.^ They got out of their contract with Matthews and at the same time lost two of their singers and the rights to use the name.
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^ At the same time, it lost Mooch Harrell, Richard Street, and the rights to use its name.
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^ A short time later, Street and Harrell leave and The Primes break up with Kendricks and P.Williams joining the remaining Distants to form the Elgins in 1960.
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.Street would front a new group of Distants for the local Thelma label during the early 1960s.^ Street would front a new group of Distants for the local Thelma label during the early 1960s.
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^ After a couple of local hits, Come On (1959) and Alright (1960), Come On was picked up by the Warwick label for national distribution and Matthews declared Williams the leader and renamed the group Otis Williams & the Distants.
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^ Ambition has never been a problem for the Green Day front man; he has overseen the meteoric rise of his group during the last two decades.
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.The Distants were acquainted with the Primes, as both groups made the same types of talent shows, and concerts.^ The Distants were acquainted with the Primes, as both groups made the same rounds to local record hops, talent shows, and concerts.
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^ Originally called the Elgins, the Temptations were formed in 1961 from the coupling of two vocal groups based in Detroit—the Primes, originally from Alabama, and the Distants.
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^ Gordy (Obba Babatunde, in an underutilized role) , who manages the Primes and shows an interest in the Distants, is left with no acts when both disband; Williams, Williams, Bryant, Franklin and Kendricks show up at Motown billing themselves as the Elgins.
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.The two groups were friendly rivals, with the Primes being the more polished and stronger vocal performers.^ The two groups were friendly rivals, with the Primes being the more polished and stronger vocal performers.
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^ Before the Temptations became popular, most black vocal groups were rough, high-energy acts with rawer vocals and more improvisational dance movements.
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^ The groups new direction left Eddie Kendricks feeling uncomfortable with his vocal stylings being suited more to a ballad format.

.The Primes disbanded in 1960 when Kel Osbourne moved to California, and Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams returned to Alabama.^ Their former manager directed the Primes, featuring Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams.
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^ Paul Williams (19551960) Eddie Kendricks (19551960) Kel Osbourne (19551960) Wiley Waller (19551957) .
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^ In 1960 , Kel Osbourne moved to California , and the Primes disbanded.
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.While in Detroit visiting relatives, Kendricks called Otis Williams who, desperately needing two more members for an audition for Gordy, offered Kendricks a lead singer place in the Distants.^ "Otis Williams" transferred to Detroit from Texas.
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^ Otis Williams is the only original member.
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^ While in Detroit visiting relatives, Kendricks called Otis Williams who, desperately needing two more members for an audition for Gordy, offered Kendricks a lead singer place in the Distants.
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.Kendricks agreed, with one condition—that he could bring Paul Williams with him.^ Kendricks agreed, with one condition -- that he could bring Paul Williams with him.
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^ Otis Williams, David Ruffin; (front) Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin The Temptations 1966 View archive of all The Temptations pictures .
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^ Kendricks' lifelong friend Paul Williams had left the group due to complications from alcoholism only to commit suicide in 1971, perhaps contributing to Kendricks' decision.
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.Otis Williams happily agreed, and Kendricks and Paul Williams moved back to Detroit to join the new group.^ Both Franklin and Otis Williams agreed at this time that Kendricks would be leaving the group.
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^ Otis Williams happily agreed, and Kendricks and Paul Williams moved back to Detroit to join the new group.
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^ The Primes, a trio of childhood friends from Birmingham, Alabama consisting of Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks , and Kell Osborne; and their sister group, The Primettes who would eventually evolve into The Supremes.
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.The new lineup of Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Elbridge "Al" Bryant, Eddie Kendricks, and Paul Williams took on the name The Elgins and auditioned for Motown in March 1961. As Gordy was already familiar with Kendricks and Williams from sessions they had done before he had formed Motown, upon which they had lent their talents as backup singers, he then agreed to sign the group to his Miracle Records label.^ 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.
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^ We have suffered the deaths of so many lengendary singers...Paul Williams, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin.
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^ Original members were: Eldridge Bryant Otis Williams Melvin Franklin Eddie Kendricks Paul Williams Masterpiece was a fitting title for this album for it was a masterpiece.
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.However, just before signing The Elgins to Motown's Miracle Records, Berry Gordy discovered that there was already a singing group with that name.^ Gordy agreed to sign the group to his Miracle Records imprint, as he was already familiar with Kendricks and Williams from background singing sessions they had done before Gordy had formalized Motown, but he discovered just before signing that there was already a singing group called the Elgins.
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^ Gordy signed the quintet to his Miracle Records label in 1961, but after discovering the name the Elgins was already being used, they quickly became the Temptations.
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^ Anniversary of Berry Gordy’s legendary Motown records.
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.The quintet quickly began tossing about ideas for a new name on the steps of Motown's Hitsville U.S.A. headquarters and studio.^ The quintet quickly began tossing about ideas for a new name on the steps of Motown's Hitsville U.S.A. headquarters and studio.
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^ This Motown quintet began with a merging of two groups, the Primes and Otis Williams and the Distants.
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^ Gordy signed the quintet to his Miracle Records label in 1961, but after discovering the name the Elgins was already being used, they quickly became the Temptations.
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.On a suggestion from Miracle Records employee Billy Mitchell, songwriter Mickey Stevenson, and group members Otis Williams and Paul Williams, The Temptations became the group's new moniker.^ The Temptations were a vocal group that were with Motown records.
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^ On a suggestion from Miracle Records employee Billy Mitchell and Otis Williams, The Temptations became the group's new moniker.
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^ Otis Williams is the only original member.
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.The "Elgins" name would re-surface at Motown in 1965, when Gordy renamed a quartet called The Downbeats as The Elgins.^ The "Elgins" name would re-surface at Motown in 1965, when Gordy renamed a quartet called The Downbeats as The Elgins .
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^ The "Elgins" name would re-surface at Motown in 1965, when Gordy renamed a quartet called The Downbeats as The Elgins.

^ Around this time Berry Gordy, a former auto worker who was working in the music business developed the style that would become known as Motown.
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.Before the Miracle label was closed (to avoid confusion with the Miracles singing group) and merged with the Gordy label, The Temptations released two singles, "Oh Mother of Mine" and "Check Yourself" featuring Paul Williams' powerful lead.^ The Temptations released two singles on Miracle, "Oh Mother of Mine" and " Check Yourself " featuring Paul Williams' powerful lead, before it was closed and merged with the Gordy label (to avoid confusion with the Miracles singing group).
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^ Williams continues to lead the Temptations to this day.
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^ The Temptations was a group Berry Gordy believed in.
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.All seven of the Temptations' singles released between 1961 and 1963 failed to make it onto the U.S. Hot 100 pop singles charts, the lone exception of missing all the U.S. Top 100 charts being "Dream Come True", a single featuring Eddie Kendricks on lead, which made it to number 22 on the R&B chart in 1962. During that time the group became known as one of the most talented and versatile groups in the country.^ During that time the group became known as one of the most talented and versatile groups in the country.
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^ In 1962 the group is switched to Motowns new Gordy Records and releases the labels first single "Dream Come True"(#22 R&B).
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^ An edited seven-minute version was released as a single in September 1972, hitting number-one on the pop charts and number-five on the R&B charts.
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.Paul and Eddie split most of the leads during this period, with the latter becoming the standard for all first tenor/falsetto singers, and the former as an unsurpassed performer.^ Paul Williams and Kendricks split most of the leads during this period, with Kendricks becoming the standard for all first tenor/falsetto singers, and Williams as an unsurpassed performer.
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^ Otis Williams, David Ruffin; (front) Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin The Temptations 1966 View archive of all The Temptations pictures .
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^ No singer of this song has or ever will give such a powerful, expression for a desire for/to love than the performance given here by Paul.
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.Bryant, Otis Williams, and Franklin occasionally sang lead but the signature sound, both as leads and the core of the famous harmony was the Kendricks/Williams duo.^ Both Franklin and Otis Williams agreed at this time that Kendricks would be leaving the group.
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^ Bryant, Otis Williams, and Franklin occasionally sang lead but the signature sound, both as leads and the core of the famous harmony was the Kendricks/Williams duo.
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^ Kendricks, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, Franklin, and Bryant formed the Elgins in 1961.
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.Many songwriter and producer teams had been trying to craft a hit for the Temptations, including Berry Gordy, Mickey Stevenson, Clarence Paul, and Norman Whitfield.^ Many songwriter and producer teams had been trying to craft a hit for the Temptations, including Berry Gordy, Mickey Stevenson , Clarence Paul, and Norman Whitfield.
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^ As a successful producer and songwriter, Norman Whitfield was using his considerable capital.
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^ The producers were equally legendary, including the team of Holland, Dozier and Holland, and Norman Whitfield.
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.They tried to take the group in several different directions, all in order to find the perfect sound that would put them not only on the U.S. charts (both Pop and R&B), but in the Top 20 as well.^ They tried to take the group in several different directions, all in order to find the perfect sound that would put them not only on the U.S. charts (both Pop & R&B), but in the Top 20 as well.
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^ 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."
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^ Then, in April of 1964, "The Way You Do The Things You Do", a Kendricks lead tune, began running up both charts with a bullet and finally peaked at #11 on the pop chart.
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.One song "Isn't She Pretty" had all five members singing lead (and mainly showcased the lead vocals of ‘Al’ Bryant) and it was a precursor to the multi-lead songs the group would record in the late 60's.^ One song Isnt She Pretty had all five members signing lead (and mainly showcased the lead vocals of Al Bryant); it was a precursor to the multi-lead songs the group would record in the late 60's.
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^ One song Isnt She Pretty had all five members signing lead (and mainly showcased the lead vocals of Al Bryant); it was a precursor to the multi-lead songs the group would record in the late 60s.

^ The Temptations were a vocal group that were with Motown records.
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.The idea of having the group change their name to "The Pirates" was briefly discussed, and they would even record "Mind Over Matter" and "I'll Love You Till I Die" under this name, but to no avail.^ By this time the group had changed their name to The Distants.
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^ The next three singles flop however causing Gordy Jr. "Mind Over Matter" (under the name The Pirates) again to no avail.
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^ Then I’ll be waiting for you, no matter how long it takes.
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.In fact, Gordy had originally written "Do You Love Me" for the Temptations in 1961, but when he was unable to get a hold of the group, he recorded the song instead with another Motown-family group, the Contours.^ Gordy had in fact written the song " Do You Love Me " for the Temptations in 1961, but when he was unable to get a hold of the group, he recorded the song with the Contours instead.
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^ The Temptations were a vocal group that were with Motown records.
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.William Smokey Robinson, lead singer/songwriter and producer of The Miracles proved to have the best rapport with the group and produced his first Temptations single, "I Want a Love I Can See" in 1963, featuring Paul Williams on lead.^ Miracles lead singer/songwriter/producer Smokey Robinson produced his first Temptations single, the Paul Williams-led "I Want a Love I Can See", in 1963, and proved to have the best rapport with the group.

^ In early 1963 they cut their sixth single, "I Want A Love I Can See", with Paul Williams on lead.
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^ Every Temptation loves his group.
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.Despite their best efforts, however, the group was still unsuccessful in landing in the desired spot on any of the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in the U.S. As a result, the other acts at Motown would soon give the nickname "The Hitless Temptations" to the group.^ Despite their best efforts, however, the group was still unsuccessful in landing on the record labels desired spot on any of the U.S. singles charts.

^ The other acts at Motown would soon gave them the nickname The Hitless Temptations.

^ Despite their best efforts, however, the group was still unsuccessful in landing on the record label's desired spot on any of the U.S. singles charts.
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.About this time, Meridian, Mississippi-born David Ruffin, younger brother of Motown artist Jimmy Ruffin demonstrated his superior performance skills when he joined the Temptations on-stage during a local Detroit performance.^ His replacement was Meridian, Mississippi native David Ruffin, younger brother of Motown artist Jimmy Ruffin .
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^ His replacement was Meridian, Mississippi native David Ruffin, younger brother of Motown artist Jimmy Ruffin.

^ Among the singers considered as a replacement were brothers Jimmy and David Ruffin.
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[12].
.Not long after that, Elbridge Bryant soon became restless and uncooperative, preferring the mundane routine of his day job as a milkman over the rigors of rehearsal and performing.^ Elbridge Bryant, who preferred his day job as a milkman to performing, soon became restless and uncooperative.
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^ In addition, Kendricks was uncomfortable with the psychedelic soul material the group was now performing, preferring the ballad material from the earlier days.
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.After a heated quarrel following a disastrous performance at the 1963 Motown company Christmas/New Years Eve party, Bryant was summarily fired from the group.^ After a performance at the 1963 Motown company Christmas party, Bryant was fired from the group.
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^ Gordy begs for a name change and starts grooming the Temptations; a New Year's Eve fracas in 1963 leads to the immediate dismissal of Bryant and the hiring of David Ruffin ("Waiting to Exhale's" Leon, in a dead-on perf).
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^ Its a just a great place with a great group of people! " We will check back soon about the girls, the new office , and other great plans the company has!

.As a result, David Ruffin was brought in as his replacement in the early part of 1964. Though both Ruffin brothers were considered for the slot, David was selected due to his superior performance at the local Detroit performance earlier that year.^ Elbridge left the group in that same year and was replaced by "David Ruffin".
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^ David Ruffin 1964-68,1982 .

^ Among the singers considered as a replacement were brothers Jimmy and David Ruffin.
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Bryant continued to perform in a number of other local groups, and died at the age of 36 in Flagler County, Florida of liver cirrhosis on October 26, 1975.

The "Classic Five" Era

The "Classic Five" lineup of the Temptations, circa 1965. Left to right: Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams, Paul Williams, and David Ruffin.
.In January 1964, Smokey Robinson and Miracles bandmate Bobby Rogers co-wrote and produced "The Way You Do the Things You Do" with Eddie Kendricks on lead and the single became the Temptations' first Top 20 hit that April.^ In January 1964,Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers co-wrote and produced "The Way You Do the Things You Do" with Eddie Kendricks on lead that cemented his influential tenor style; the single became the Temptations' first Top 20 hit that April and the most imitated vocal style in black America.

^ But it wasn't until 1964 when the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced song "The Way You Do The Things You Do," turned The Temps into stars.
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^ The single became the Temptations' first Top 20 hit that April.
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.Shortly afterward, "The Way You Do The Things You Do" and several pre-David Ruffin singles were compiled onto the group's first album, Meet The Temptations, released in early 1964. The next two Temptations singles in 1964, "Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)" along with "I'll Be in Trouble" and its better-known B-side "The Girl's Alright With Me", co-written by Kendricks, both featured him on lead.^ Every time you hear 'My Girl' you hear David Ruffin.
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^ They released two singles, "Come On" in 1959 and "Alright" in 1960.
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^ But my life is incomplete and I’m so blue ‘Cause girl I can’t get next to you .

.However, producer Smokey Robinson saw potential in the "mellow" yet "gruff" voice of David Ruffin, and thought that if he could write the perfect song for his lead, then the group could have a Top 10 smash hit.^ David Ruffin soon hit hard times, however.
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^ While traveling as part of Motown's Motortown Revue later that year, Robinson and fellow Miracle Ronnie White wrote a song for the emotive Ruffin to sing lead on, which the group recorded in the fall of 1964.

^ 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."
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[13]
.While traveling as part of Motown's Motortown Revue later that year Robinson and another fellow Miracle, Ronnie White, wrote "My Girl", which the group recorded in the fall of 1964, featuring Ruffin performing his first lead vocal for the group.^ While traveling as part of Motown's Motortown Revue later that year, Robinson and fellow Miracle Ronnie White wrote a song for the emotive Ruffin to sing lead on, which the group recorded in the fall of 1964.

^ Five Years later, he joined the recording group "The Contours."
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^ Fifty years later, Motown Records Corp.
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.Released as a single on December 24, 1964, the song became the Temptations' first number-one pop hit in March 1965, and is their signature song to this day.^ Released as a single on December 24, 1964, "My Girl", became the Temptations' first number-one pop hit in March 1965, and is their signature song to this day.

^ Released as a single on December 24 , 1964, " My Girl ", became the Temptations' first number-one pop hit in March 1965 , and is their signature song to this day.
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^ The single became the Temptations' first Top 20 hit that April.
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.After the success of "My Girl", Ruffin sang lead on the next three singles: "It's Growing", "Since I Lost My Baby" and "My Baby", all of which made it to the Top 20 in 1965. The B-side to "My Baby", "Don’t Look Back", featured a stirring lead from Paul Williams, and was a sleeper hit on the R&B charts and a standard for vocal groups playlists.^ 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."
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^ Other hits with Smokey writing and producing were “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “My Baby” and “Don’t Look Back.” They hit no.
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^ The b-side to "My Baby", " Dont Look Back ", featured a stirring lead from Paul Williams, and was a sleeper hit on the R&B charts and a standard for vocal groups playlists.
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.Norman Whitfield had requested the opportunity to write for the group and in 1966, he was given what was then considered an almost-opportunity.^ Norman Whitfield had requested the opportunity to write for the group.
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^ The following year, the group scored another number one hit with the song 'Papa Was A Rolling Stone', a song that perfectly embodies the production techniques of Norman Whitfield .

^ Then-producer Norman Whitfield led the way and the group then featured singer Dennis Edwards , who had replaced David Ruffin .
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.If Robinson's "Get Ready" with Eddie Kendricks on lead failed to chart in the Top 20, Whitfield would be allowed the next song.^ In 1966, he was given the opportunity- should Robinson's "Get Ready" fail to chart in the Top 20, the next song would be his.

^ In 1966, he was given the opportunity- should Robinson's " Get Ready " fail to chart in the Top 20, the next song would be his.
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^ 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."
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."Get Ready" subsequently missed its mark, and Robinson, honoring the pact, allowed Whitfield to produce "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" for the group with David Ruffin on lead.^ While traveling as part of Motown's Motortown Revue later that year, Robinson and fellow Miracle Ronnie White wrote a song for the emotive Ruffin to sing lead on, which the group recorded in the fall of 1964.

^ Initially laid back and even-keeled, by 1967 David Ruffin felt that he was almost single-handedly responsible for the group's success.
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^ Ruffin would give the group's most passioned, even angst-ridden, performance on "(I Know) I'm Losing You"; his delivery was closely studied by Rod Stewart (who covered that classic) and, most likely, Mick Jagger, who would eventually cover "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" with The Stones.
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.The song was released a few months later, did well, and as a result Whitfield was promoted to a position of the main producer, replacing Smokey Robinson.^ The song did well, and Whitfield was made the group's main producer.
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^ But it wasn't until 1964 when the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced song "The Way You Do The Things You Do," turned The Temps into stars.
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^ National success finally came in 1964 with "The Way You Do the Things You Do," a tune written and produced by Smokey Robinson, which peaked at number eleven on the pop charts.

.He began pushing the group away from the ballad-based productions espoused by Robinson, towards a harder-edged and brass-heavy soul sound reminiscent of the work of James Brown.^ He began pushing the group away from Robinson's ballad -based production towards a harder-edged and brass -heavy soul sound reminiscent of the work of James Brown .
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^ He began pushing the group away from Robinson's ballad-based production towards a harder-edged and brass-heavy soul sound reminiscent of the work of James Brown.

^ In addition to mastering the smooth R&B ballad, the group pioneered a brand of tough, rock-influenced soul music that inspired scores of later artists.
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.Nearly all of the singles produced by Whitfield prior to 1968 featured David Ruffin on lead, including the R&B number-one/pop Top 10 hits "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep", "(I Know) I'm Losing You" and the early 1967 hit "(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need". Other important singles from this period include "All I Need", produced by Frank Wilson, a Whitfield protégé, and the incredibly popular, "You're My Everything", on which Kendricks and Ruffin share lead.^ You're My Everything Buy - Dedicate - Video iLike .
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^ Every time you hear 'My Girl' you hear David Ruffin.
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^ All I need is one last look before you go.
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.Studio albums during the "Classic Five" period apart from Meet The Temptations include The Temptations Sing Smokey (1965), The Temptin' Temptations (1965), Gettin' Ready (1966), The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul (1967), and The Temptations Wish It Would Rain (1968).^ Wish It Would Rain/In A ...
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^ My girl ," from the The Temptations album " Pop Anthology - 1965 " , was covered on the Prince Buster album " Hush Up!!!
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^ The Temptations - Classic Soul Hits my recent items » .
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During this period, the various songwriting partners of Norman Whitfield included Roger Penzabene, Edward Holland, Jr. and Temptations road show manager and guitarist Cornelius Grant. .Subsequently, Barrett Strong, who sang the very first hit at Motown in 1959, "Money (That's What I Want)", began working with Whitfield and Penzabene on Temptations material after Eddie Holland left Motown with the rest of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting/production team in 1967. Two of the Whitfield-Strong-Penzabene collaborations, "I Wish It Would Rain" and "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)", became hits in early 1968 after the untimely suicide of Roger Penzabene in December 1967. Subsequently, Barrett Strong became the sole collaborator of Norman Whitfield.^ Penzabene then wrote for the Temps "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)," and soon after took his own words to heat by committing suicide.
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^ Would you or could you ever go through with it?
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^ After "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", Whitfield stopped working with Barrett Strong, and began writing the Temptations' material on his own.
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Exit David Ruffin, enter Dennis Edwards

.From early 1964 to mid 1968, the Temptations went from unknown hopefuls to international stars and as a result, appeared frequently on television shows such as American Bandstand and The Ed Sullivan Show.^ Between 1964 and 1968, the Temptations went from unknown hopefuls to international stars.

^ Pictured left to right: Dennis Edwards, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, and Eddie Kendricks From early 1964 to mid 1968, the Temptations went from unknown hopefuls to international stars.
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^ He wanted their parents"The smart supper clubs, the Ed Sullivan and Dean Martin shows,'' is how choreographer (POPS) Cholly Atkins described his target.
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.At the same time, the group began to achieve a crossover success, catering to middle America with a pop standards album (The Temptations in a Mellow Mood, 1967), the success of which resulted in performances at the famous Copacabana in New York City along with dates at other similar supper clubs.^ The group appeared frequently on television shows such as American Bandstand and The Ed Sullivan Show, and catered to middle America with a pop standards album (The Temptations in a Mellow Mood, 1967) and performances at the Copacabana in New York City and other such supper clubs.

^ The group appeared frequently on television shows such as American Bandstand and The Ed Sullivan Show , and catered to middle America with a pop standards album ( The Temptations in a Mellow Mood , 1967) and performances at the Copacabana in New York City and other such supper clubs.
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^ The Temptations The Temptations (sometimes abbreviated as The Temps or The Tempts) is an American vocal group that has achieved fame for putting together one of the most successful acts to record for Motown Records.
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.Outside of music, the Temptations were made honorary members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.^ Outside of music, the Temptations were made honorary members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
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^ Musical Style The Temptations' songs depended upon the individual members' interaction as a group; unlike many other R&B groups, each member of the Temptations was a lead singer of some capacity.
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.By 1967, David Ruffin, initially laid back and even-keeled, felt that he was almost single-handedly responsible for the increased success of the group, and as a result demanded special treatment.^ Initially laid back and even-keeled, by 1967 David Ruffin felt that he was almost single-handedly responsible for the group's success.
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^ He demanded special treatment, riding to and from gigs in a private mink-lined limousine with his then-girlfriend, singer Tammi Terrell (known for her duets with Marvin Gaye), instead of in the group limousine the other four Temptations used.

^ Then-producer Norman Whitfield led the way and the group then featured singer Dennis Edwards , who had replaced David Ruffin .
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.Riding to and from gigs in a private mink-lined limousine with his then-girlfriend, singer Tammi Terrell (known for her duets with Marvin Gaye), instead of in the group limousine used by the other four Temptations, irritated and annoyed the rest of the group.^ He demanded special treatment, riding to and from gigs in a private mink-lined limousine with his then-girlfriend, singer Tammi Terrell (known for her duets with Marvin Gaye), instead of in the group limousine the other four Temptations used.

^ He demanded special treatment, riding to and from gigs in a private mink -lined limousine with his then-girlfriend, singer Tammi Terrell (known for her duets with Marvin Gaye ), instead of in the group limousine the other four Temptations used.
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^ Oxygen tanks were kept in the wings of performance venue stages for Williams, and the other four Temptations made valiant efforts to raid and drain his alcohol stashes.
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.Following Motown's decision to rechristen The Supremes as Diana Ross & the Supremes, Ruffin felt entitled to the same treatment and demanded that his group be renamed as well, to David Ruffin & the Temptations.^ After seeing how Motown had made Diana Ross the focus of the Supremes by renaming the group Diana Ross & the Supremes, Ruffin demanded that his group be renamed, as well -- to David Ruffin & the Temptations.

^ LPs; with Diana Ross and the Supremes; all for Motown Diana Ross and the Supremes Join the Temptations 1968.

^ In 1982, Ruffin and Kendricks returned for Reunion, which also included all five of the current Tempts; a tour followed, but problems with Motown, as well as personal differences, cut Ruffin's and Kendricks' tenures short.
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.Ruffin was also causing friction with Berry Gordy by demanding an accounting of the earnings.^ Additionally, Ruffin was demanding an accounting of the Temptations' earnings, which caused friction between him and Berry Gordy.
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.
Live at the Copa (1968), the first Temptations album to feature new lead singer Dennis Edwards.
^ Edwards' first album with the Temptations was Live at the Copa , a live album recorded at the Copacabana nightclub.
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^ The Temptations news and features .
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^ IN 1968 PAUL WILLIAMS the original lead singer of the Temptations was crumbling.
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Pictured left to right: Dennis Edwards, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, and Eddie Kendricks.
.Some of this behavior was attributed to the fact that by this time Ruffin had begun using cocaine regularly, building further tension within the group and causing him to miss a number of group meetings, rehearsals, and concerts.^ Ruffin missed a number of rehearsals, concerts, and group meetings; and began regularly using cocaine .
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^ Ruffin missed a number of rehearsals, concerts, and group meetings; and began regularly using cocaine.

^ Troubled tenor David Ruffin, the singer of the Tempt’s signature hit, “My Girl,” was ousted after a monstrous ego and substance abuse problems caused him to miss one gig too many.
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.There was a general consensus among the rest of the group that Ruffin needed to be replaced.^ There was general agreement among the rest of group that Ruffin needed to be replaced.
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^ Then-producer Norman Whitfield led the way and the group then featured singer Dennis Edwards , who had replaced David Ruffin .
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^ There is a fairly broad international consensus for taking action against this group.
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.Otis Williams insists that Ruffin was given ample and fair warning that if he did not change his attitude he would be fired.^ Otis Williams insists that Ruffin was given fair warning that if he did not change his attitude he would be fired.
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^ Baritone Otis Williams, bass Melvin Franklin and tenors Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams (no relation to Otis) were joined in late 1963 by tenor David Ruffin.
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^ Otis Williams later stated that while his book was the source material for the film, he did not have control over the making of the film.
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.However, when Ruffin missed a June 1968 engagement at a Cleveland supper club in order to attend a show by his new girlfriend Barbara Martin (daughter of Italian-American crooner Dean Martin), it was decided that he had crossed the line.^ When Ruffin missed a June 1968 engagement at a Cleveland supper club in order to attend a show by his new girlfriend (Dean Martin's daughter Gail), it was decided that he had crossed the line.

^ When Ruffin missed a June 1968 engagement at a Cleveland supper club in order to attend a show by his new girlfriend ( Dean Martin 's daughter Gail), it was decided that he had crossed the line.
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^ The group appeared frequently on television shows such as American Bandstand and The Ed Sullivan Show , and catered to middle America with a pop standards album ( The Temptations in a Mellow Mood , 1967) and performances at the Copacabana in New York City and other such supper clubs.
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The elder Martin was none too happy about the situation, either.
.The other four Temptations drew up legal documentation, officially firing Ruffin from the group, and Dennis Edwards, formerly of the Contours, was hired to replace him.^ Dennis Edwards' group tours to this day.

^ Dennis Edwards, an old friend from the Contours, stepped in to replace Ruffin.
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^ After Ruffin failed to show up for a concert, the four other members of the group (not Berry Gordy, as has often been reported) fired him.
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.Edwards and Ruffin were good friends, and at first, Ruffin went along with the changing of the guard.^ Edwards and Ruffin were good friends, and Ruffin at first went along with the changing of the guard.
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^ Dennis Edwards, an old friend from the Contours, stepped in to replace Ruffin.
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^ (DBW) My Whole World Ended (Ruffin: 1969) Ruffin's first solo album was a success; the title track went Top Ten.
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.After a short time, however, Ruffin began turning up at shows, jumping onstage during performances of the songs he once sang lead on and stealing the spotlight from Edwards.^ When David jumps onstage and steals the mic...
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^ After a short time, however, Ruffin began turning up at Temptations shows, jumping onstage during performances of the songs he once sang lead on and stealing the spotlight.
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^ Ruffin and Kendricks then left to form a duo, Ron Tyson replaced Glenn Leonard, and Ali-Ollie Woodson took over the role of lead vocalist from Edwards.
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.Audiences were delighted, but the annoying behavior caused increasing friction between the group, the label and David Ruffin.^ Initially laid back and even-keeled, by 1967 David Ruffin felt that he was almost single-handedly responsible for the group's success.
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^ Then-producer Norman Whitfield led the way and the group then featured singer Dennis Edwards , who had replaced David Ruffin .
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^ That was in 1961.” The group failed to have any hits in the beginning, but then Al Bryant left the group, to be replaced by David Ruffin.
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.Frustrated and embarrassed by this, both the Temptations and Motown were forced to hire extra security guards to prevent Ruffin from attending other Temptations performances and providing further embarrassment to Edwards and the group.^ The audiences were delighted, but the Temptations and Motown were frustrated and embarrassed.
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^ Extra security guards were hired to prevent Ruffin from attending other Temptations' performances.
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^ The Temptations The Temptations (sometimes abbreviated as The Temps or The Tempts) is an American vocal group that has achieved fame for putting together one of the most successful acts to record for Motown Records.
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.Ruffin then sued Motown in October 1968, seeking a release from the label, but Motown countersued to keep the singer from leaving and the case was eventually settled out of court.^ Ruffin sued Motown in October 1968, seeking a release from the label, and Motown settled by offering Ruffin a solo recording deal.
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^ So in the summer of 1968 Ruffin was released.
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^ Singers Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder are among the musicians expected to perform at a Motown gala to mark the record label's 50th anniversary.
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.The settlement required Ruffin to remain with Motown to finish out his initial contract, but the fact that Ruffin had joined Motown as a solo artist, and always had a separate contract from the other Temptations, was one cause, some felt, for a lot of the in-fighting within the group.^ Edwards wanted to be a Motown solo artist.
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^ Initially laid back and even-keeled, by 1967 David Ruffin felt that he was almost single-handedly responsible for the group's success.
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^ Like most Motown groups, melisma and other complicated vocalization techniques were eschewed by the Temptations for a more direct, yet obviously gospel -rooted vocal approach, to make the songs more palatable for white audiences.
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.Edwards' first album with the Temptations was Live at the Copa, recorded at the group's return to the famous Copacabana nightclub, and later that year, Berry Gordy commissioned the first of a number of collaborations for the Temptations with Diana Ross & the Supremes.^ The tracks for Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations included Dennis Edwards' first studio recordings with the Temptations.
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^ (DBW) The group's return to Motown, this was produced by Berry Gordy himself.
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^ Five Years later, he joined the recording group "The Contours."
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.The results included two studio albums, Together) and Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations, which featured the number-two hit single "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me". The tracks for the latter included Dennis Edwards' first studio recordings with the Temptations and further results of this collaboration included a joint tour and two NBC television specials, TCB (aired December 9, 1968) and G.I.T. on Broadway (aired November 12, 1969).^ Beginning in 1968, Berry Gordy commissioned a number of collaborations for the Temptations with Diana Ross & the Supremes.

^ The tracks for Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations included Dennis Edwards' first studio recordings with the Temptations.
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^ Dennis Edwards' group tours to this day.

Psychedelic soul

.The addition of Dennis Edwards to the Temptations coincided with the adoption of a new sound for the group by producer Norman Whitfield, and in the fall of 1968, Whitfield began producing psychedelic-based material for the Temptations, derived primarily from the sound of funk band Sly & the Family Stone.^ Dennis Edwards' group tours to this day.

^ Dennis Edwards' addition to the Temptations coincided with producer Norman Whitfield's adoption of a new sound for the group.
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^ In the fall of 1968, Whitfield began producing psychedelic-based material for the Temptations, derived primarily from the sound of funk band Sly & the Family Stone.

.This new style, which debuted with the Top 10 hit single "Cloud Nine" in October 1968, was a marked departure from the David Ruffin-era ballads, leading the group to a new and higher plateau.^ This new style, which debuted with the Top 10 hit single "Cloud Nine" in October 1968, was a marked departure from the David Ruffin-era ballads.

^ This new style, which debuted with the Top 10 hit single " Cloud Nine " in October 1968, was a marked departure from the David Ruffin-era ballads.
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^ Initially laid back and even-keeled, by 1967 David Ruffin felt that he was almost single-handedly responsible for the group's success.
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.The instrumentation was funkier, the beat was hard-driving, and all five Temptations traded lead vocals, similar to Sly & the Family Stone.^ The instrumentation was funkier, the beat was hard-driving, and all five Temptations traded lead vocals, similar to Sly & the Family Stone.

^ The instrumentation was funkier , the beat was hard-driving, and all five Temptations traded lead vocals, similar to Sly & the Family Stone.
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^ Sly & The Family Stone was breaking through.
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."Cloud Nine", the centerpiece of the group's landmark Cloud Nine LP, was a Top 10 hit and won Motown its first Grammy Award, for Best R&B Vocal Group Performance of 1969.^ The Temptations were the first Motown act to earn a Grammy Award.
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^ "Cloud Nine", the centerpiece of the group's landmark Cloud Nine LP, was a Top 10 hit and won Motown its first Grammy Award, for Best R&B Vocal Group Performance of 1969.

^ "Cloud Nine", the centerpiece of the group's landmark Cloud Nine LP, was a Top 10 hit and won Motown its first Grammy Award , for Best R&B Vocal Group Performance of 1969 .
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.
The Temptations during their psychedelic period of the late 1960s/early 1970s.
^ The Temptations in the early 1970s .
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^ Popular music in the late 1960s included musical innovators like The Beatles, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Led Zeppelin and Frank Sinatra.
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^ During the 1960s and 1970s, a number of soul groups showed significant influence from the Temptations, among them the Delfonics, the Stylistics, George Clinton's original Parliaments, the Dramatics, and Motown labelmates the Jackson Five.

Left to right: Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, and Dennis Edwards
.The blending of the Motown sound and psychedelic rock sound resulted in a new subgenre of music called "psychedelic soul", also evident in the work of Diana Ross and the Supremes ("Reflections", "Love Child"), Marvin Gaye's version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", and the music of The 5th Dimension, The Undisputed Truth and The Friends of Distinction.^ The blending of the Motown sound and psychedelic rock sound resulted in a new subgenre of music called "psychedelic soul", also evident in the work of Diana Ross and the Supremes ("Reflections", "Love Child"), Marvin Gaye's version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", and the music of the Fifth Dimension and War.

^ The new vibe was called the Psychedelic Soul / Era.
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^ The blending of the Motown sound and psychedelic rock sound resulted in a new subgenre of music called " psychedelic soul ", also evident in the work of Diana Ross and the Supremes (" Reflections ", " Love Child "), Marvin Gaye's version of " I Heard It Through the Grapevine ", and the music of the Fifth Dimension , The Undisputed Truth and the Friends of Distinction .
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More Temptations psychedelic soul singles would follow in 1969 and 1970, among them "Runaway Child, Running Wild" (a number-one R&B hit), "I Can't Get Next to You" (a number-one pop hit), "Psychedelic Shack" and "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)", but the formula began to wear thin when "Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World)", only went to #33 Pop in the fall of 1970. The group's other important albums from this period include Puzzle People (1969) and Psychedelic Shack (1970), which includes the original version of "War".

Exit Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams

.During the late 1960s, Paul Williams developed a raging case of alcoholism, some say as a result of suffering from both depression and sickle-cell disease.^ Williams suffered from both depression and sickle-cell disease, and also developed alcoholism, all of which made it hard for him to continue performing.

^ Williams suffered from both depression and sickle-cell disease , and also developed alcoholism , all of which made it hard for him to continue performing.
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^ Baritone Otis Williams, bass Melvin Franklin and tenors Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams (no relation to Otis) were joined in late 1963 by tenor David Ruffin.
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.As his physical and mental health began to decline sharply, it made performing more and more difficult.^ During the late-1960s, Paul Williams' physical and mental health began to decline sharply.
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^ Satan is constantly drawing the people from saving light, to custom and fashion, irrespective of physical, mental, and moral health.

^ Those who in the face of light and truth destroy mental, moral, and physical health by indulgence of any kind will lose heaven.

.Williams kept oxygen tanks out of sight in the wings of performance venue stages, and the other four Temptations made valiant efforts to raid and drain his alcohol stashes.^ Oxygen tanks were kept in the wings of performance venue stages for Williams, and the other four Temptations made valiant efforts to raid and drain his alcohol stashes.
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^ For more than 40 years, The Temptations have shined as pioneers of popular music with decades of smash hits and sold-out performances.
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^ During the past four-plus decades, The Temptations have wowed sold-out concert venues, reliving the past and still adding hits to their long-line of golden and platinum music sales.
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.By 1969, Richard Street, the lead singer of a Motown act entitled The Monitors and a former Distant, was touring with the group as a backup replacement for Williams.^ By 1969, former Distant Richard Street , now lead singer of Motown act the Monitors , was touring with the group as a backup replacement for Williams.
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^ Richard Street also leads a group, billed as "Richard Street" or "Richard Street's Temptations".
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^ By 1969, former Distant Richard Street, now lead singer of Motown act The Monitors, was touring with the group as a backup replacement for Williams.

.For most shows, save for his solo performances, Williams would dance and lip-sync onstage to parts sung live by Street into an offstage mic behind a curtain.^ For most shows, Street would sing Williams' parts (save for his solo numbers) from offstage behind a curtain, while Williams danced and lip-synched onstage.
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^ Paul Williams’ drinking had gotten so dire that the group had replacement Richard Streets literally waiting in the wings of concerts, singing parts offstage while Williams stumbled around onstage with his mic turned down.
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^ Of these, Gladys Knight and the Pips’ performance of “Grapevine” at the 1972 Save the Children Concert and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles doing “Tears of a Clown” on the Andy Williams Show in 1971 stand out.
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.At other shows, and during most of the second half of 1970, Street substituted for Williams onstage.^ At other shows, and during most of the second half of 1970, Street took Williams' place onstage.
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^ Most of the Temptations, present and former, showed no ill feelings towards each other, although Otis Williams reported that Kendricks would not speak to him during the ceremony.
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^ These acts, and others, showed the influence of the Temptations in both their vocal performances and their onstage choreography.
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.Eddie Kendricks became detached from the group and as the health of Paul Williams continued to fail, regularly had fights with Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin over leadership of the group.^ Original members were: Eldridge Bryant Otis Williams Melvin Franklin Eddie Kendricks Paul Williams Masterpiece was a fitting title for this album for it was a masterpiece.
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^ He regularly picked fights with Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin over the group's leadership.

^ Both Franklin and Otis Williams agreed at this time that Kendricks would be leaving the group.
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.In addition, Kendricks preferred the ballad material from the earlier days and was uncomfortable with the psychedelic soul material the group was now performing.^ In addition, Kendricks was uncomfortable with the psychedelic soul material the group was now performing, preferring the ballad material from the earlier days.
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^ In addition to mastering the smooth R&B ballad, the group pioneered a brand of tough, rock-influenced soul music that inspired scores of later artists.
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^ After Whitfield was dismissed as the Temptations' producer in 1974, the group altered its sound to accommodate a balance of both up-tempo dance material and ballads.
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.As a result, Kendricks rekindled his friendship with former lead singer David Ruffin, who persuaded him to quit the Temptations and go solo.^ Kendricks rekindled his friendship with David Ruffin, who persuaded him to quit the Temptations and go solo.
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^ Despite several stylistic and line up changes (lead singers Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin both went on to solo careers), The Temptations scored hit after hit throughout the decade.
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^ David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Dennis Edwards…) were long gone and had little interest in seeing a “tribute” act.
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.After a November 1970 Copacabana engagement, another confrontation between himself, Otis Williams, and Franklin caused Kendricks to walk out in-between shows and not return.^ After another confrontation between himself, Otis Williams, and Franklin during a November 1970 Copacabana engagement, Kendricks walked out in-between shows and did not return.
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^ 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.
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^ Baritone Otis Williams, bass Melvin Franklin and tenors Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams (no relation to Otis) were joined in late 1963 by tenor David Ruffin.
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.Both Franklin and Otis Williams then agreed that Kendricks would be leaving the group.^ Both Franklin and Otis Williams agreed at this time that Kendricks would be leaving the group.
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^ He regularly had fights with Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin over the group's leadership.
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^ 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.
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.In a 1991 interview with Urban Street Magazine Kendricks said he actually started to make the decision to leave the group as early as 1965 because of things that "weren't quite proper", as well as the fact that his relationship with Berry Gordy had been less than cordial.^ The Temptations was a group Berry Gordy believed in.
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^ The Motown Machine, invented by the great Berry Gordy , The Temptations has been harmonizing since the early 60's, beginning their musical careers in Detroit.
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^ An essential component of the original Motown machine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temptations began their musical career in Detroit in the early ‘60s.
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[14] .Kendricks, however, initially decided to stay in the group because he was worried he would not get the support he needed if he left.^ Both Franklin and Otis Williams agreed at this time that Kendricks would be leaving the group.
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^ Kendricks decided to make his last performance before he left, a showstopper.
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[14] .Ultimately, Kendricks was not interested in leaving the group, wanting instead to stay and make a solo album, but this was not allowed.^ Both Franklin and Otis Williams agreed at this time that Kendricks would be leaving the group.
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^ By the time "Just My Imagination" hit number-one in March, Kendricks had negotiated his release from the group and signed a solo deal with Motown's Tamla imprint.
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^ Many close to the music business and Motown have concluded that many of his decisions were instrumental in the two major lead singers, Ruffin and Kendricks, eventually leaving the group.

[14]
.Before Kendricks officially left the Temptations, he and Paul Williams recorded the lead vocals for "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)", which is a lush, wistful ballad that became a swan song for the Eddie Kendricks era of the Temptations.^ As Paul Williams' health failed, Eddie Kendricks became detached from the group.
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^ Before Kendricks officially left the Temptations, he and Paul Williams recorded the lead vocals for " Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) ", a lush, wistful ballad that became Kendricks' Temptations swan song .
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^ Before Kendricks officially left the Temptations, he and Paul Williams recorded the lead vocals for "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)", a lush, wistful ballad that became Kendricks' Temptations swan song.

.Included on their famous Sky's the Limit LP along with the original album version of "Smiling Faces Sometimes", "Just My Imagination" was released as a single in January 1971, and the song began steadily climbing the U.S. pop singles chart, peaking at #1 two months later.^ Released as a single in January 1971 , "Just My Imagination" began steadily climbing the U.S. pop singles chart.
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^ Released as a single in January 1971, "Just My Imagination" began steadily climbing the U.S. pop singles chart.

^ Also included are the singles that hit #1 on the US R&B charts.
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.By the time "Just My Imagination" topped the charts, Kendricks had negotiated his release from the group and signed a solo deal with the Motown family Tamla imprint.^ By the time "Just My Imagination" hit number-one in March, Kendricks had negotiated his release from the group and signed a solo deal with Motown's Tamla imprint.
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^ After the chart-topping success of the gossamer ballad "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" in 1971, Kendricks exited for a solo career.
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^ 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.
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.The paranoia-laced "Smiling Faces Sometimes", from the Sky's the Limit LP, featuring Kendricks on lead, was already slated as the follow-up single to the number-one hit "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)", but with Kendricks now gone, and with the group lacking a first tenor to take his place, producer Norman Whitfield was forced to change plans.^ Albums produced by Norman Whitfield (36) .
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^ And there's some of the extended orchestrations and balladry of the following records: the gorgeous "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," a #1 single, and the 12-minute "Smiling Faces Sometimes," later a hit for The Undisputed Truth.
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^ ''Just My Imagination'' was Kendrick's first lead on a hit in three years.
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.The Temptations originally hired Ricky Owens, from the Los Angeles-based vocal group the Vibrations, to replace Kendricks.^ Ricky Owens of the Vibrations stepped in.
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^ Kendricks' original replacement was Ricky Owens, from the Los Angeles-based vocal group the Vibrations.

^ Kendricks' original replacement was Ricky Owens , from the Los Angeles -based vocal group the Vibrations .
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.However, Owens gave poorly-received performances during the few shows he performed with the group, and he was dropped from the group after only a few weeks.^ However, Owens gave poorly-received performances during the few shows he performed with the group, and he was dropped after only a few weeks.

^ After a short time, however, Ruffin began turning up at Temptations shows, jumping onstage during performances of the songs he once sang lead on and stealing the spotlight.

^ Only a few performers, including contemporaries Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, and the Four Tops, showed the refined style that would be popularized by the Temptations.

.For several weeks of the spring of 1971, the Temptations were without a fifth member.^ During most of the spring of 1971, the Temptations remained a quartet, and re-recorded the single "It's Summer" without a fifth member.
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Owens meanwhile returned to the Vibrations and died in Los Angeles, California on December 6, 1996 at the age of 57.
.Whitfield took the remaining Temptations quartet and re-recorded "It's Summer", the B-side to "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)", as a replacement single, and "Smiling Faces Sometimes" was released as a single for The Undisputed Truth instead, becoming a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971. Meanwhile, "It's Summer" peaked at number fifty-one on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first Temptations single to miss the Top 40 since "Farewell My Love" eight years earlier.^ Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and 14 Billboard R&B number-one singles.

^ It became the Temptations first Pop Number One since ''My Girl,'' and a notable return to ballad form for producer Whitfield.
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^ Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and 14 Billboard R&B number-one singles .
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.After a medical declaration few weeks later that he was unable to continue performing, Paul Williams quit the Temptations in April and Richard Street officially took his place while Williams remained on the group's payroll as an adviser and choreographer.^ Richard Street officially took his place, while Williams remained on the group's payroll as an advisor and choreographer.
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^ Richard Street also leads a group, billed as "Richard Street" or "Richard Street's Temptations".
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^ In April, Paul Williams quit the Temptations, after a medical declaration that he was unable to continue performing.
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.After Williams had recovered enough to perform again, Motown made plans for a Paul Williams solo career, but on August 17, 1973, he died in Detroit at the age of 34, his death ruled a suicide by the Wayne County coroner.^ After Williams had recovered enough to perform again, Motown made plans for a Paul Williams solo career, but he died at age 34 in Detroit on August 17, 1973.

^ After Williams had recovered enough to perform again, Motown made plans for a Paul Williams solo career, but he died at age 34 in Detroit on August 17 , 1973 .
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^ Williams' death was ruled a suicide.
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The Temptations in the early 1970s

.
Solid Rock, the first studio album featuring Richard Street and Damon Harris, featured the new members prominently on its front cover.
^ Solid Rock , the first studio album featuring Richard Street and Damon Harris, featured the new members prominently on its front cover.
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^ Damon, then just 21, debuted nicely on the Solid Rock album.
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^ Pictured L-R: Damon Harris, Richard Street (top row), Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Dennis Edwards (bottom) By May, The Temptations had found a permanent replacement first tenor in twenty-year-old Baltimore native Damon Harris .
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Pictured L-R: Damon Harris, Richard Street (top row), Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Dennis Edwards (bottom)
.A month later, in May 1971, The Temptations had finally found a permanent replacement for the first tenor position in twenty-year-old Baltimore native Damon Harris.^ Pictured L-R: Damon Harris, Richard Street (top row), Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Dennis Edwards (bottom) By May, The Temptations had found a permanent replacement first tenor in twenty-year-old Baltimore native Damon Harris .
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^ By May, The Temptations had found a permanent replacement first tenor in twenty-year-old Baltimore native Damon Harris.

^ Enter Damon Harris and Richard Street, a former member of the Distants, and the Temptations didn’t miss a beat.
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.Otis Williams, Edwards, Franklin, Street, and Harris continued recording and performing, and Norman Whitfield continued producing hits for them.^ Otis Williams, Edwards, Franklin, Street, and Harris continued recording and performing, and Norman Whitfield continued producing hits for them.
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^ Albums produced by Norman Whitfield (36) .
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^ Otis Williams complained about Whitfield's actions and the Temptations' stagnant sales to Berry Gordy, who intervened and reassigned them to Jeffrey Bowen, co-producer of the 1967 In a Mellow Mood album.

.Among these were Top 40 hits such as "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)" (1971), a message from the Temptations to David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks, and "Take a Look Around" (1972).^ Kendricks rekindled his friendship with David Ruffin, who persuaded him to quit the Temptations and go solo.
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^ (DBW) "Take A Look Around" also sold well.
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^ The Temptations were nominated for the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance , for their version of Gaye's " How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) " from Reflections .
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.The fall of 1972 saw the release of, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" a magnum opus produced by Norman Whitfield.^ The fall of 1972 saw the release of Whitfield's magnum opus , " Papa Was a Rollin' Stone ".
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^ The fall of 1972 saw the release of Whitfield's magnum opus, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone".

^ Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)” was followed by Whitfield’s magnum opus, “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone.” The dramatic, 12-minute long album version was edited to (a still-long) seven minutes for the single that hit no.
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.Originally a three-minute record written and produced for the Undisputed Truth, Whitfield took the sombre tune and created a sprawling, dramatic eleven-and three-quarter-minute version for the Temptations, an example of a format which would become known as one of the earliest examples of an extended single, soon to become popular in clubs and discotheques.^ Originally a three-minute record written and produced for the Undisputed Truth, Whitfield took the sombre tune and created a sprawling, dramatic eleven and -minute version for the Temptations.

^ Originally a three-minute record written and produced for the Undisputed Truth , Whitfield took the sombre tune and created a sprawling, dramatic eleven and -minute version for the Temptations.
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^ Whitfield left Motown shortly afterwards, and in 1975 established Whitfield Records, taking with him the Undisputed Truth, Willie Hutch, and Rose Royce, who performed the instrumental track for "Let Your Hair Down".

.An edited seven-minute version was released as a single in September 1972, becoming one of the longest hit singles in music history, hitting number-one on the pop charts and number-five on the R&B charts.^ An edited seven-minute version was released as a single in September 1972, hitting number-one on the pop charts and number-five on the R&B charts.
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^ The single went to number-six on the R&B charts.
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^ Also included are the singles that hit #1 on the US R&B charts.
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.Radio DJ's loved the song for its length as much as for the catchy beat and lyrics, as the song's length allowed them to go across the street from the station for a sandwich during their shift and return before the record ended.^ Gordy had in fact written the song " Do You Love Me " for the Temptations in 1961, but when he was unable to get a hold of the group, he recorded the song with the Contours instead.
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^ Many of the psychedelic soul recordings were presented in extended-length mixes longer than the typical three-minute Motown song.
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^ In each case, each group alternated between love songs and songs with messages in their lyrics.
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.In 1973, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" won the Temptations their second Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Group.^ Papa Was a Rolling Stone - The Temptations .
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^ "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" a song which earned them another Grammy.
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^ Three classic Temptations songs, "My Girl", "Ain't Too Proud to Beg", and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

.Whitfield and arranger/conductor Paul Riser won the award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance with the instrumental version of "Papa" on the single's B-side, and Whitfield and Barrett Strong won the songwriters' Grammy for Best R&B Song.^ Songs written by Barrett Strong (23) .
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^ Whitfield and arranger/conductor Paul Riser won the award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance with the instrumental version of "Papa" on the single's b-side, and Whitfield and Barrett Strong won the songwriters' Grammy for Best R&B Song .
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^ Whitfield and arranger/conductor Paul Riser won the award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance with the instrumental version of "Papa" on the single's b-side, and Whitfield and Barrett Strong won the songwriters' Grammy for Best R&B Song.

.After "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", Whitfield stopped working with Barrett Strong, and began writing the Temptations' material on his own.^ After "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", Whitfield stopped working with Barrett Strong, and began writing the Temptations' material on his own.
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^ Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)” was followed by Whitfield’s magnum opus, “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone.” The dramatic, 12-minute long album version was edited to (a still-long) seven minutes for the single that hit no.
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^ Whitfield's writing partners during this period included Roger Penzabene , Temptations road show manager and guitarist Cornelius Grant, and Edward Holland, Jr. After Eddie Holland left Motown with the rest of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting/production team in 1967, Barrett Strong (who sang Motown's very first hit, 1960's " Money (That's What I Want) ") began working with Whitfield and Penzabene on Temptations material.
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.The success of "Papa" led Whitfield to create more elongated, operatic pieces, including the Top 10 hit "Masterpiece" (1973) and several of the tracks on the resulting Masterpiece album.^ The success of "Papa" led Whitfield to create more elongated, operatic pieces, including the Top 10 hit " Masterpiece " (1973) and several of the tracks on the resulting Masterpiece album.
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^ The success of "Papa" led Whitfield to create more elongated, operatic pieces, including the Top 10 hit "Masterpiece" (1973) and several of the tracks on the resulting Masterpiece album.

^ 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 1970s wore on.
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.Tensions developed between Whitfield and the group, who found Whitfield arrogant and difficult to work with, and the group citing his habitual tardiness, his emphasis of the instrumental tracks over the vocals on many of his productions, and the declining singles and albums sales as other sources of conflict, sought to change producers.^ The group cited his habitual tardiness, his emphasis of the instrumental tracks over the vocals on many of his productions, and the declining singles and albums sales as other sources of conflict.
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^ Tensions developed between Whitfield and the group, who found Whitfield arrogant and difficult to work with.
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^ Whitfield left Motown shortly afterwards, and in 1975 established Whitfield Records, taking with him the Undisputed Truth, Willie Hutch, and Rose Royce, who performed the instrumental track for "Let Your Hair Down".

.Otis Williams complained about Whitfield's actions and the Temptations' stagnant sales to Berry Gordy, and as a result, the group was reassigned to Jeffrey Bowen, co-producer of the 1967 In a Mellow Mood album.^ Otis Williams' 1988 autobiography about the group says "there are ...
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^ Otis Williams complained about Whitfield's actions and the Temptations' stagnant sales to Berry Gordy, who intervened and reassigned them to Jeffrey Bowen, co-producer of the 1967 In a Mellow Mood album.

^ (DBW) The group's return to Motown, this was produced by Berry Gordy himself.
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.The final Norman Whitfield-produced Temptations album, 1990, was released in late 1973, and included the Top 30 single Let Your Hair Down.^ The final Norman Whitfield-produced Temptations album, 1990 , was released in late 1973, and included the Top 30 single "Let Your Hair Down".
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^ The final Norman Whitfield-produced Temptations album, 1990, was released in late 1973, and included the Top 30 single "Let Your Hair Down".

^ Detroit was history, and so were Norman Whitfield's productions after the 1990 album.
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Shortly afterwards, Whitfield left Motown, and in 1975 established Whitfield Records, taking the Undisputed Truth and Willie Hutch with him, along with Rose Royce who performed the instrumental track for Let Your Hair Down before recording their big hit Car Wash for the movie of the same name a year later in 1976.

Dry spell

.Bowen's first LP with the Temptations was January 1975's A Song for You, which included a cover of the titular Leon Russell tune (popularized with soul audiences by Donny Hathaway), along with the pop Top 40/R&B number-one hits "Happy People" (featuring the Commodores as the instrumentalists) and "Shakey Ground" (featuring instrumentation by Parliament-Funkadelic's Eddie Hazel along with Billy Bass Nelson).^ Bowen's first LP with the Temptations was January 1975's A Song for You, which included a cover of the titular Leon Russell tune (popularized with soul audiences by Donny Hathaway), along with the pop Top 40/R&B number-one hits "Happy People" (featuring the Commodores as the instrumentalists) and "Shakey Ground" (featuring instrumentation by Funkadelic's Eddie Hazel and Billy Bass Nelson), and "Glasshouse", the group's final Top 40 Pop hit.

^ The Temptations songs that have been covered .
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^ The single became the Temptations' first Top 20 hit that April.
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."Glasshouse", the group's final Top 40 Pop hit was also included.^ Bowen's first LP with the Temptations was January 1975's A Song for You, which included a cover of the titular Leon Russell tune (popularized with soul audiences by Donny Hathaway), along with the pop Top 40/R&B number-one hits "Happy People" (featuring the Commodores as the instrumentalists) and "Shakey Ground" (featuring instrumentation by Funkadelic's Eddie Hazel and Billy Bass Nelson), and "Glasshouse", the group's final Top 40 Pop hit.

^ 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."
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^ Bowen's first LP with the Temptations was January 1975 's A Song for You , which included a cover of the titular Leon Russell tune (popularized with soul audiences by Donny Hathaway ), along with the pop Top 40/R&B number-one hits "Happy People" (featuring the Commodores as the instrumentalists) and "Shakey Ground" (featuring instrumentation by Parliament-Funkadelic 's Eddie Hazel and Billy Bass Nelson ), and "Glasshouse", the group's final Top 40 Pop hit.
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.Damon Harris was fired from the group during the recording of A Song for You, as his behavior and work ethic were deemed unprofessional, [15] and his replacement was Washington, D.C. native Glenn Leonard, formerly of the Unifics.^ Damon Harris was fired from the group during the recording of A Song for You, as his behavior and work ethic were deemed unprofessional.

^ Damon Harris was fired from the group during the recording of A Song for You , as his behavior and work ethic were deemed unprofessional.
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^ And the group- now with Louis Price in Edward's spot and Damon Harris replaced by Glenn Leonard- left their beloved Motown for Atlantic Records in 1977.
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[16]
.A number of producers, including Bowen, Brian Holland, James Carmichael, and even the Temptations themselves tried producing hits for the next three LPs, House Party (November 1975), Wings of Love (March 1976), and The Temptations Do the Temptations (August 1976).^ A number of producers, including Bowen, Brian Holland, James Carmichael, and even the Temptations themselves tried producing hits for the next three LPs, House Party (November 1975), Wings of Love (March 1976), and The Temptations Do the Temptations (August 1976).

^ A number of producers, including Bowen, Brian Holland , James Carmichael, and even the Temptations themselves tried producing hits for the next three LPs, House Party (November 1975), Wings of Love ( March 1976 ), and The Temptations Do the Temptations (August 1976).
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^ Bowen's first LP with the Temptations was January 1975's A Song for You, which included a cover of the titular Leon Russell tune (popularized with soul audiences by Donny Hathaway), along with the pop Top 40/R&B number-one hits "Happy People" (featuring the Commodores as the instrumentalists) and "Shakey Ground" (featuring instrumentation by Funkadelic's Eddie Hazel and Billy Bass Nelson), and "Glasshouse", the group's final Top 40 Pop hit.

.None of these recordings were as commercially successful as A Song for You however, and none of their associated singles entered the Billboard charts.^ None of these recordings were as commercially successful as A Song for You, and none of their singles entered the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40.

^ However, the group's releases on Atlantic -- Hear to Tempt You (1977), Bare Back (1978), and their associated singles -- failed to perform better than their last handful of Motown singles, and in 1979 Atlantic released the group from its contract.

^ In 1967 the group started expanding its horizons recording a standards album In A Mellow Mood which featured the singles, "You're My Everything" chartered #3 in the US R&b Charts and "All I Need" landed #2 on the US Pop Charts.
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[17]
.As time progressed, Bowen pushed Dennis Edwards further to the front of the group, which was evident on tracks like Wings of Love, featuring Edwards' vocal more prominently than the other Temptations' backing vocals.^ Dennis Edwards' group tours to this day.

^ It got to be more than just being with each other and loving it.''
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^ As time progressed, Bowen pushed Dennis Edwards further to the front.

[18]. .Otis Williams felt that this was hurting the group, accused Motown of inattention, and cited this as the reason for the group's declining sales and popularity.^ Otis Williams felt that this was hurting the group, and after The Temptations Do the Temptations was recorded in 1976, Edwards was fired from the group.

^ The Temptations left Motown for Atlantic Records, citing Motown's inattention as the reason for their declining sales and popularity.

^ Otis Williams felt that this was hurting the group; additionally, he accused Motown of inattention, and cited this as the reason for the group's declining sales and popularity.
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.After The Temptations Do the Temptations was recorded in 1976, Edwards was fired from the group,[19] and with new lead Louis Price on board, they left Motown for Atlantic Records.^ They should have left this record alone.
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^ At this point Edwards was out of the group, replaced by Louis Price.
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^ And the group- now with Louis Price in Edward's spot and Damon Harris replaced by Glenn Leonard- left their beloved Motown for Atlantic Records in 1977.
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[20]
.Success continued to elude the group at Atlantic, however.^ Success continued to elude the group at Atlantic, however.
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.Their two releases on Atlantic -- Hear to Tempt You (1977), and Bare Back (1978), along with their associated singles, had failed to perform any better at Atlantic than their last handful of singles had at Motown.^ Their releases on Atlantic -- Hear to Tempt You (1977), Bare Back (1978), and their associated singles -- failed to perform better than their last handful of Motown singles, and in 1979, Atlantic released the group from its contract.
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^ However, the group's releases on Atlantic -- Hear to Tempt You (1977), Bare Back (1978), and their associated singles -- failed to perform better than their last handful of Motown singles, and in 1979 Atlantic released the group from its contract.

^ Tyson had been a songwriter at Atlantic during the Temptations' time there, and co-wrote several songs on the album Hear To Tempt You.

As a result, in 1979, Atlantic released the group from its contract, [18] and shortly afterwards, the Temptations met once again with Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy, who re-signed the group to Motown in 1980.[21]

Return to Motown and Reunion

Cover of the 1982 Reunion album. Pictured from top left: David Ruffin, Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Dennis Edwards, Richard Street, Glenn Leonard.
.Upon the return to Motown several lineup changes occurred.^ Dennis Edwards, who had been inactive for the previous three years despite remaining with Motown as a solo act, returned to the lineup.

^ Upon the return to Motown, Louis Price departed from the group and joined the Drifters.
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.Louis Price departed from the group and joined the Drifters, Dennis Edwards, who had been inactive for the previous three years despite remaining with Motown as a solo act, returned to the lineup and Berry Gordy co-wrote and produced "Power", the Temptations' first single under the new contract.^ Berry Gordy co-wrote and produced the Temptations' first single under the new contract, "Power", from the album of the same name.

^ Berry Gordy co-wrote and produced the Temptations' first single under the new contract, "Power", from the album of the same name .
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^ Dennis Edwards returned, too.
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."Power", from the album of the same name, only Bubbled Under the Top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100, but hit number 11 on the R&B charts.^ Billboard's R&B Album chart while the new song "Stay" hits No.
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^ "Power" missed the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40, but hit number 11 on the R&B charts.
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^ The first single, “All I Know,” was written by Jimmy Webb (the first of many Garfunkel/Webb collaborations) and was his first solo entry on the Top 10 — and by “first,” I mean “only,” though he did have three #1 hits on the Adult Contemporary charts.
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Two years of under-performing singles and albums followed, including an eponymous album with Philadelphia-based producer Thom Bell, until Motown began planning a Temptations reunion tour in 1982.
.Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin agreed to rejoin the group for the new album entitled Reunion and its subsequent promotional tour, and Melvin Franklin's nephew, Rick James, the Motown funk star who had previously used the Temptations as backup vocalists on his 1981 hit "Super Freak", wrote, produced, and guested on the Reunion album's lead single, "Standing on the Top". The single went to number-six on the R&B charts and featured Ruffin, Kendricks and Edwards trading back and forth on lead.^ Eddie Kendricks (19601971, 1982 reunion) .

^ Motown funkster Rick James.
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^ David Ruffin (19641968, 1982 reunion) .

.While the ensuing Reunion tour with all seven Temptations (Ruffin, Kendricks, Otis Williams, Franklin, Edwards, Richard Street, and Glenn Leonard) was financially successful, it ended up being a stressful venture.^ They are backed up by Otis, Melvin, Richard and Glenn.
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^ While the ensuing Reunion tour with all seven Temptations (Ruffin, Kendricks, Otis Williams, Franklin, Edwards, Richard Street, and Glenn Leonard) was financially successful, it ended up being a stressful venture: Kendricks' voice had weakened after decades of chain smoking , and Ruffin, still addicted to drugs, missed a number of the performances.
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^ While the ensuing Reunion tour with all seven Temptations (Ruffin, Kendricks, Otis Williams, Franklin, Edwards, Richard Street, and Glenn Leonard) was financially successful, it ended up being a stressful venture: Kendricks' voice had weakened after decades of chain smoking, and Ruffin, still addicted to drugs, missed a number of the performances.

.Kendricks' voice had weakened after decades of chain smoking, and Ruffin, still addicted to drugs, missed a number of the performances due to being incapacitated.^ While the ensuing Reunion tour with all seven Temptations (Ruffin, Kendricks, Otis Williams, Franklin, Edwards, Richard Street, and Glenn Leonard) was financially successful, it ended up being a stressful venture: Kendricks' voice had weakened after decades of chain smoking , and Ruffin, still addicted to drugs, missed a number of the performances.
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^ While the ensuing Reunion tour with all seven Temptations (Ruffin, Kendricks, Otis Williams, Franklin, Edwards, Richard Street, and Glenn Leonard) was financially successful, it ended up being a stressful venture: Kendricks' voice had weakened after decades of chain smoking, and Ruffin, still addicted to drugs, missed a number of the performances.

^ The set will be missing some performances due to contractual problems and time constraints.
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.At the conclusion of the Reunion tour, Ruffin and Kendricks departed, and they began touring and performing together as a duo.^ At the conclusion of the Reunion tour, Ruffin and Kendricks were fired, and they began touring and performing together as a duo.
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^ After reuniting at the induction ceremony, Edwards, Ruffin, and Kendrick made plans to tour and record as "Ruffin/Kendrick/Edwards, Former Leads of The Temptations".
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^ Two years later, Ruffin and Kendricks briefly reunited with The Temptations in a much heralded tour and album.
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.One more album, Surface Thrills, released in 1983, featured a sharp departure in the group's sound by incorporating elements of then-current rock.^ It featured a sharp departure in the group's sound by incorporating elements of then-current rock.
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^ One more album, Surface Thrills, was released in 1983.

^ One more album, Surface Thrills , was released in 1983.
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.Following its release, Glenn Leonard left and was replaced by Ron Tyson, who was with the Philadelphia groups the Ethics and Love Committee.^ Following its release, Glenn Leonard left and was replaced by Ron Tyson , who was with the Philadelphia groups the Ethics and Love Committee .
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^ Following its release, Glenn Leonard left and was replaced by Ron Tyson.

^ 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.
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.Tyson had been a staff songwriter at Atlantic during the Temptations' tenure at the label, and co-wrote several songs on the album Hear to Tempt You.^ Tyson had been a songwriter at Atlantic during the Temptations' time there, and co-wrote several songs on the album Hear To Tempt You.

^ Tyson had been a songwriter at Atlantic during the Temptations' time there, and co-wrote several songs on the album Hear to Tempt You .
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^ 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.
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From the 1980s to the 1990s

The Temptations in 1984. Pictured L-R: Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, (from top) Richard Street, Ali-Ollie Woodson, Ron Tyson
By this time, the Temptations' releases were no longer performing well on the pop charts, though some singles stilll made the R&B Top 20. "Love on My Mind Tonight", a single from Surface Thrills, charted at number 17. "Sail Away", produced by a returning Norman Whitfield and featuring Ron Tyson's first lead vocal, peaked at number 13.
.Dennis Edwards was fired in 1984 for missing rehearsals or showing up hungover.^ Dennis Edwards was again fired in 1984, this time for missing rehearsals, or showing up hungover.

^ Dennis Edwards was again fired in 1984, this time for missing rehearsals, or showing up hungover .
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^ Ollie Woodson remained with the Temptations until 1987, when he was fired and replaced by an again-returning Dennis Edwards.
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.He then attempted a second solo career, scoring a hit with the 1984 single "Don't Look Any Further", a duet with Siedah Garrett.^ He attempted a second solo career, scoring a hit with the 1984 single "Don't Look Any Further" , a duet with Siedah Garrett .
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^ He attempted a second solo career, scoring a hit with the 1984 single "Don't Look Any Further", a duet with Siedah Garrett.

^ Despite several stylistic and line up changes (lead singers Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin both went on to solo careers), The Temptations scored hit after hit throughout the decade.
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.His place in the Tempations was taken by Ali-Ollie Woodson, a Detroit native who had been a potential candidate to replace Edwards back in 1977. The album Back to Basics, released in 1984, was the first album featuring Ron Tyson on lead, and featured one track with Woodson, "Stop the World Right Here (I Wanna Get Off)". Woodson's first lead on a single was 1984's "Treat Her Like a Lady", co-written by himself and Otis Williams, and co-produced by former Earth, Wind & Fire members Al McKay and Ralph Johnson.^ His replacement for one album was surprisingly, Dennis Edwards.
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^ His place in the Tempations was taken by Ali-Ollie Woodson, who had been a potential candidate to replace Edwards back in 1977.

^ Following its release, Glenn Leonard left and was replaced by Ron Tyson.

.The single became their biggest success on R&B radio since 1975, reaching number-two on the R&B charts, and just missing the Pop Top 40 at number 48. The group experienced similar success in 1986 with the single "Lady Soul", another Top 5 R&B smash.^ The single went to number-six on the R&B charts.
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^ The single became their biggest success on R&B radio in some time, reaching number-two on the R&B charts, and just missing the Pop Top 40.
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^ "Lady Soul" was another bright spot for the group in the Eighties.
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.Ollie Woodson remained with the Temptations until 1987, when he was fired and replaced by an again-returning Dennis Edwards and the group recorded one album during Edwards' third tenure, Together Again, released in late 1987. The following year, Otis Williams published his autobiography, Temptations, co-written with Patricia Romanowski, chronicling the careers of the group from the Primes/Distants days to the present, and focusing on the lives of Williams and Melvin Franklin.^ His replacement for one album was surprisingly, Dennis Edwards.
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^ Ollie Woodson remained with the Temptations until 1987, when he was fired and replaced by an again-returning Dennis Edwards.
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^ Dennis Edwards returned, too.
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An updated version of the book was published in 2002.
.In late 1989, even though Edwards had already been fired from the group for the third and final time, with Woodson re-joining the lineup, the Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, honoring Edwards, Franklin, Otis Williams, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks (now performing as "Eddie Kendrick"), and, posthumously, Paul Williams.^ Also that year, the Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , honoring Edwards, Franklin, Otis Williams, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks (now performing as "Eddie Kendrick"), and, posthumously, Paul Williams.
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^ Also that year, the Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, honoring Edwards, Franklin, Otis Williams, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks (now performing as "Eddie Kendrick"), and, posthumously, Paul Williams.

^ In 1989 Six Temptations were inducted into the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame on January 18, 1989 cause you have to remember Paul Williams.
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.Most of the Temptations, present and former, showed no ill feelings towards one another, although Otis Williams reported that Kendricks would not speak to him during the ceremony.^ Most of the Temptations, present and former, showed no ill feelings towards each other, although Otis Williams reported that Kendricks would not speak to him during the ceremony.
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^ That temptation will no longer present itself.
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^ In 1992, "Ruffin & Kendricks" roadie, Tony Turner , also wrote a book, assisted by Barbara Aria, contrasting Otis Williams' account of the group's glory days, entitled Deliver Us From Temptation .
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[21] .The Temptations ended their induction ceremony with a performance of Paul Williams' signature song, "Don't Look Back", dedicated to his memory.^ The Temptations ended their induction with Paul Williams' signature song, "Don't Look Back", dedicated to his memory.
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^ Paul Williams and Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins created the Temptation's trademark precise and energetic, yet refined, dance steps.
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^ Oxygen tanks were kept in the wings of performance venue stages for Williams, and the other four Temptations made valiant efforts to raid and drain his alcohol stashes.
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.After reuniting at the induction ceremony, and much to the chagrin of Otis Williams and Motown, Edwards, Ruffin, and Kendrick made plans to tour and record as "Ruffin, Kendrick and Edwards, Former Leads of The Temptations". The tour was in fact carried out, but production on the accompanying album was terminated when 50-year-old David Ruffin died in Philadelphia after a cocaine overdose on June 1, 1991. As if one tragedy at the dawn of the 90's wasn't bad enough, Eddie Kendrick was to be diagnosed with lung cancer soon after.^ The tour was carried out, much to the chagrin of Otis Williams and Motown, but production on an album was terminated when Ruffin, age 50, died on June 1 , 1991 in Philadelphia after a drug overdose.
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^ After reuniting at the induction ceremony, Edwards, Ruffin, and Kendrick made plans to tour and record as "Ruffin/Kendrick/Edwards, Former Leads of The Temptations".
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^ David Ruffin died tragically in June 1991, a ravaged man.
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He continued to perform until the very end however, and died at the age of 52 in his native Birmingham on October 5, 1992.

The Temptations in the 1990s

.
The album cover to the 1998 album Phoenix Rising.
^ The album cover to the 1998 album Phoenix Rising .
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^ He not only sang on the group's first RIAA certified Platinum album "Phoenix Rising," but helped the group win their third Grammy award for "Ear-Resistable."
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^ FOR LOVERS ONLY called PHOENIX RISING. Two years later in 2000 Temptations released their new album called Ear - Resistible which earned them a Grammy in 2001.
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Pictured left to right: Terry Weeks, Barrington Henderson, Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Harry McGilberry.
.From the 1990s on, the Temptations' lineup began to change more frequently than before.^ From the 1990s on, the Temptations' lineup began to change more frequently than before.
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^ Before the Temptations became popular, most black vocal groups were rough, high-energy acts with rawer vocals and more improvisational dance movements.
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^ The Temptations have sold more than 35 million records in their legendary career, a feat that only a few artists have achieved.
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.Richard Street missed a performance in 1992 after undergoing emergency surgery to remove kidney stones, Otis Williams was not aware of Street's surgery, and called him, angry about Street's absence, Street felt Williams was unsympathetic, and as a result, he left the group in 1993 after twenty-two years.^ Otis Williams' 1988 autobiography about the group says "there are ...
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^ Street felt Williams was unsympathetic, and as a result, he left the group in 1993 after twenty-two years.
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^ (Paul Williams had also left by the time this record was recorded, replaced by Richard Street.
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His replacement was St. Louis native Theo Peoples.
.By the early 1990s, bass Melvin Franklin began missing performances due to failing health and Ray Davis, former bass man of Parliament-Funkadelic, began touring as a fill-in in 1993.[22].^ Former Bass singer Raymond Davis and Deceased Temptation real name DAVID MELVIN FRANKLIN a.k.a better known as BLUE were friends along time Speaking with Rose Franklin and her other son WILLARD say they can't remember how long they had been friends.
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^ From Eddie Kendricks' high-as-the-sky falsettos to the boomin' bass of Melvin Franklin.
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^ Ray Davis from Parliament/Funkadelic came on as new bass, and the group recorded the pop standards album For Lovers Only, which contained two tracks led by Melvin Franklin.

.Franklin died after suffering a brain seizure at the age of 52 on February 23, 1995, and Davis was named his official replacement.^ He died on February 23, 1995 at the age of 52, after suffering a brain seizure.

^ He died on February 23 , 1995 at the age of 52, after suffering a brain seizure .
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^ Melvin was to finish a new album with the group when he died in a Los Angeles hospital in February 1995.
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.The group subsequently finished production on For Lovers Only, an album of pop standards featuring two tracks recorded with Melvin Franklin prior to his untimely death.^ Ray Davis from Parliament/Funkadelic came on as new bass, and the group recorded the pop standards album For Lovers Only, which contained two tracks led by Melvin Franklin.

^ Ray Davis , from Parliament-Funkadelic, came on as new bass singer, and the group recorded the pop standards album For Lovers Only , which contained two tracks led by Melvin Franklin.
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^ The completed album features both Henderson and Peoples (who later joined the Four Tops) on different tracks.

.A third personnel tragedy was to befall the group in the 90's as Davis was to receive a diagnosis of lung cancer[22] and left shortly after completing the album.^ Davis left shortly after completing the album, due to a throat cancer diagnosis.

^ Davis left shortly after completing the album, due to a lung cancer diagnosis.
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Ray Davis died in New Brunswick, New Jersey of respiratory problems and complications of lung cancer on on the evening of Tuesday July 5, 2005.
.Before recruiting bass Harry McGilberry, a former member of the Futures in 1997, the group continued as a quartet for a short time.^ The group continued as a quartet for a short time, before recruiting bass Harry McGilberry, a former member of The Futures.

^ The group continued as a quartet for a short time, before recruiting bass Harry McGilberry , a former member of the Futures .
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^ The lineup of Cameron, Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Harry McGilberry, and Terry Weeks recorded for a short time before Harry McGilberry was dismissed;[22] his replacement was former Spaniels bass Joe Herndon.

.For Lovers Only would also be the last contribution for lead Ali-Ollie Woodson and he was released from the group in 1996 due to health problems,[23] having suffered two bouts of throat cancer, and was replaced by new member Terry Weeks, his fill-in from his first health concern.^ Former Temptations member Ali Ollie Woodson has released his first-ever solo album and it is available for purchase from his group's web site .
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^ He was replaced by new member Bruce Williamson .
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^ For Lovers Only would also be the last for lead Ali-Ollie Woodson; he was released from the group in 1996 [21] due to health problems, having suffered two battles with throat cancer.
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.The Temptations' new lineup, consisting of Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Theo Peoples, and newcomers Harry McGilberry and Terry Weeks, toured throughout 1997, and was featured in the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXII in early 1998, which celebrated the fortieth anniversary of Motown.^ The new Temptations lineup, consisting of Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Theo Peoples, and newcomers Harry McGilberry and Terry Weeks, debuted at the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXII, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of Motown.

^ Pictured left to right: Terry Weeks, Barrington Henderson, Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Harry McGilberry.
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^ The new Temptations lineup, consisting of Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Theo Peoples, and newcomers Harry McGilberry and Terry Weeks, debuted at the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXII , which celebrated the fortieth anniversary of Motown.
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.Later that year, The Temptations released Phoenix Rising, vocally arranged by 80's producer Narada Michael Walden, Claytoven Richardson, Theo Peoples, Tony Lindsey and Skyler Jett, which became their first million-selling album in over twenty years.^ The album cover to the 1998 album Phoenix Rising .
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^ In 1998, The Temptations released Phoenix Rising, their first million-selling album in over twenty years.

^ The new album, The Temptations Phoenix Rising, debuts this week at No.
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.The album was anchored by "Stay", a single featuring Theo Peoples on lead, and featured a sample from "My Girl" which became a number-one hit on the adult contemporary charts.^ The album includes the single Stay, which features a sample of the Temps own 1965 No.
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^ "Stay" boldly features a well-placed sample of the Temptations' classic "My Girl."
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^ Also included are the singles that hit #1 on the US R&B charts.
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.During the recording of Phoenix Rising, however, Theo Peoples departed, and was replaced by Barrington "Bo" Henderson.^ During the recording of Phoenix Rising, however, Theo Peoples departed, and was replaced by Barrington "Bo" Henderson.

^ During the recording of Phoenix Rising , however, Theo Peoples departed, and was replaced by Barrington "Bo" Henderson .
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^ His replacement was St. Louis native Theo Peoples.

.The completed album features lead vocals on different tracks by both Henderson and Peoples who later joined the Four Tops.^ The completed album features both Henderson and Peoples (who later joined the Four Tops ) on different tracks.
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^ The completed album features both Henderson and Peoples (who later joined the Four Tops) on different tracks.

^ Melvin Franklin's nephew, Motown funk star Rick James (who had previously used the Temptations as backup vocalists on his 1981 hit " Super Freak "), wrote, produced, and guested on the Reunion album's lead single, "Standing on the Top", which featured Ruffin, Kendricks, and Edwards on lead.
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The Temptations mini-series

.The year 1998 also saw the debut of The Temptations, a four-hour television miniseries based on Otis Williams' Temptations autobiography.^ A scene from the 1998 Temptations NBC miniseries.
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^ The Temptations, a four-hour television miniseries based on Otis Williams' Temptations autobiography.

^ Main article: The Temptations (miniseries) 1998 also saw the debut of The Temptations , a four-hour television miniseries based on Otis Williams' Temptations autobiography.
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.It was broadcast in two parts on NBC on November 1 and November 2, 1998. The miniseries was a ratings success and won an Emmy award for Best Direction; it was subsequently rerun on the VH-1 cable television network and released to VHS and DVD.^ A scene from the 1998 Temptations NBC miniseries.
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^ It was broadcast in two parts on NBC on November 1 and November 2 , 1998.
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^ It was broadcast in two parts on NBC on November 1 and November 2, 1998.

Otis Williams' former wife, Josephine, Melvin Franklin's mother, Rose Franklin, and David Ruffin's family, filed a joint lawsuit against Williams, Motown, de Passe Entertainment, Hallmark Entertainment, and NBC for a number of charges, including "Defamation."[citation needed] The judges ruled in favor of the defendants, and the ruling was upheld when the plaintiffs appealed in 2001. Williams later claimed that, although his book was used as the source material for the film, he did not have a great deal of control over how the material was presented.

From 2000 to the present day

The Temptations in 2007. From left to right, Joe Herndon, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Otis Williams, and Bruce Williamson.
.The Temptations were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2001, their 2000 album Ear-Resistible won the group its third Grammy, this one for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.^ In 2001, their 2000 album Ear-Resistible won the group its third Grammy, this one for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.

^ The Temptations were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.

^ In 2001, their 2000 album Ear-Resistible won the group its third Grammy, this one for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance .
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.Bo Henderson was fired from the group in 2003, prompting a wrongful termination lawsuit.^ Bo Henderson was fired from the group in 2003, prompting a wrongful termination lawsuit.
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[24] .His replacement was former Spinners lead G.C. Cameron.^ By 1969, former Distant Richard Street , now lead singer of Motown act the Monitors , was touring with the group as a backup replacement for Williams.
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^ His replacement was former Spinners lead G.C. Cameron.

^ By 1969, former Distant Richard Street, now lead singer of Motown act The Monitors, was touring with the group as a backup replacement for Williams.

.The lineup of Cameron, Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Harry McGilberry, and Terry Weeks recorded for a short time before Harry McGilberry was dismissed;[25] his replacement was former Spaniels bass Joe Herndon.^ The group continued as a quartet for a short time, before recruiting bass Harry McGilberry, a former member of The Futures.

^ The group continued as a quartet for a short time, before recruiting bass Harry McGilberry , a former member of the Futures .
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^ Pictured left to right: Terry Weeks, Barrington Henderson, Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Harry McGilberry.
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McGilberry died on April 3, 2006, at age 56.
.The group's final Motown album, Legacy, was released in 2004. Later that year, the Temptations asked to be released from their Motown contract, and moved to another Universal Motown Records Group label, New Door Records.^ Later that year, the Temptations asked to be released from their Motown contract, and moved to another Universal Motown Records Group label, New Door Records .
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^ Later that year, The Temptations asked to be released from their Motown contract, and moved to another Universal Motown Records Group label, New Door Records.

^ The group's final Motown album, Legacy, was released in 2004.

.Their sole album with this lineup, Reflections, was released on January 31, 2006, and contains covers of several popular Motown songs, including Diana Ross & the Supremes' "Reflections", the Miracles' "Ooo Baby Baby", Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", and the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There".[26] In 2005, The Temptations were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.^ Their latest album, Reflections, was released on January 31, 2006, and contains covers of several popular Motown songs, including Diana Ross & the Supremes' "Reflections", the Miracles' "Ooo Baby Baby", Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", and the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There".

^ Their sole album with this lineup, Reflections , was released on January 31 , 2006 , and contains covers of several popular Motown songs, including Diana Ross & the Supremes' " Reflections ", the Miracles' " Ooo Baby Baby ", Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's " Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing ", and the Jackson 5 's " I'll Be There ".
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^ Putting a fresh spin on 15 of Motown's greatest songs, Reflections (New Door/UMe) will be released January 31, 2006.
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.In 2007, The Temptations' recording of "My Girl" was voted a Legendary Michigan Song.^ Three classic Temptations songs, "My Girl", "Ain't Too Proud to Beg", 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 have sold more than 35 million records in their legendary career, a feat that only a few artists have achieved.
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^ Before Kendricks officially left the Temptations, he and Paul Williams recorded the lead vocals for " Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) ", a lush, wistful ballad that became Kendricks' Temptations swan song .
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.The Temptations were nominated for the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, for their version of Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" from Reflections.^ Only a few performers, including contemporaries Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, and the Four Tops, showed the refined style that would be popularized by the Temptations.

^ I'm Gonna Make You Love Me " ( Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations) .
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^ The Temptations were nominated for the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance , for their version of Gaye's " How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) " from Reflections .
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.G. C. Cameron left the group in June 2007 to focus on his solo career.^ G.C. Cameron left the group in June of 2007 to focus on his solo career.

[27] .He was replaced by new member Bruce Williamson.^ He was replaced by new member Bruce Williamson.

^ He was replaced by new member Bruce Williamson .
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^ He was replaced by his fill-in from his first health concern, new member Terry Weeks.

The new lineup recorded another album of soul covers, Back to Front,[28] released in October 2007.

Splinter groups

.Several former Temptations continue to perform outside of the group in spin-off or offshoot acts.^ Several former Temptations continue to perform outside of the group in spin-off or offshoot acts.
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^ Group manager Milton Jenkins even created a sister group for the Primes called the Primettes, recruiting Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diane (later Diana) Ross, and Betty McGlown for the spin-off act.

^ "Milton Jenkins", their group manager formed a sister group called, Primettes which were composed of "Florence Ballard", "Mary Wilson", "Diana Ross" and "Betty McGlown" for the spin-off act.
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Ruffin, Kendrick & Edwards

.The most well known splinter was "Ruffin, Kendrick & Edwards: Former Leads of the Temptations", which featured the three former Temptations and three other members, David Sea, who'd been a consideration to replace Edwards in 1984, Nate Evans, a former member of The Impressions, and a female vocalist.^ The most well known splinter was "Ruffin/Kendrick/Edwards: Former Leads of the Temptations", which featured the three former Temptations and three other members (David Sea, who'd been a consideration to replace Edwards in 1984, Nate Evans, a former member of The Impressions, and a female vocalist).

^ The most well known splinter was "Ruffin/Kendrick/Edwards: Former Leads of the Temptations", which featured the three former Temptations and three other members (David Sea, who'd been a consideration to replace Edwards in 1984, Nate Evans, a former member of The Impressions , and a female vocalist).
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^ This last temptation was the most alluring of the three.

.Following the death of David Ruffin, Dennis Edwards and Eddie Kendrick began touring as "The Temptations", still with David Sea and Nate Evans, and bringing in another former Temptation, Damon Harris.^ Dennis Edwards' group tours to this day.

^ Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin agreed to rejoin the group for the Reunion album and tour.
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^ Following David Ruffin's death, Dennis Edwards and Eddie Kendrick began touring as "The Temptations", still with David Sea and Nate Evans, and bringing in another former Temptation, Damon Harris.
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.The group had different sixth vocalists at different times, including Charles Blackmon, from The Choice Four, and Curtis Taylor.^ The group had different sixth vocalists at different times, including Charles Blackmon and Curtis Taylor.

^ The group had different sixth vocalists at different times, including Charles Blackmon, from The Choice Four , and Curtis Taylor.
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^ The group's repertoire has included, at various times during its five-decade career, R&B , doo-wop , funk , disco , soul , and adult contemporary music .
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[29] but their use of the .Temptations name prompted a legal battle with Otis Williams.^ This prompted a legal battle with Otis Williams.

^ Their use of the Temptations name prompted a legal battle with Otis Williams.
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^ Barry Higo posted at 11:27pm on January 2, 2010 saw the temptations (otis williams version).
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.The legal battle was resolved in favor of Otis Williams who is still touring as the last original Temptation.^ This prompted a legal battle with Otis Williams.

^ Their use of the Temptations name prompted a legal battle with Otis Williams.
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^ Otis Williams complained about Whitfield's actions and the Temptations' stagnant sales to Berry Gordy, who intervened and reassigned them to Jeffrey Bowen, co-producer of the 1967 In a Mellow Mood album.

Dennis Edwards and Damon Harris form offshoot groups

.Following the death of Eddie Kendricks, the group splintered.^ Following Kendrick's death, the group splintered: Dennis formed "Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review," Damon formed "Damon Harris and the Temptations Review" (featuring future Temptation Joe Herndon), David Sea went on to a solo career,[27] and Evans and Taylor formed a Temptations tribute band.

^ As Paul Williams' health failed, Eddie Kendricks became detached from the group.
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^ Following Kendrick's death, the group splintered: Dennis formed "Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review", Damon formed "Damon Harris and the Temptations Review" (featuring future Temptation Joe Herndon), David Sea went on to a solo career, [28] and Evans and Taylor formed a Temptations tribute band.
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.Dennis formed "Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Revue", Damon formed "Damon Harris and the Temptations Revue" featuring future Temptation Joe Herndon, Evans and Taylor formed a Temptations tribute band[30] and David Sea went on to a solo career.^ Damon Harris would form a new group later, billed as "Damon Harris and the Temptations Tribute."
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^ Following Kendrick's death, the group splintered: Dennis formed "Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review," Damon formed "Damon Harris and the Temptations Review" (featuring future Temptation Joe Herndon), David Sea went on to a solo career,[27] and Evans and Taylor formed a Temptations tribute band.

^ Following Kendrick's death, the group splintered: Dennis formed "Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review", Damon formed "Damon Harris and the Temptations Review" (featuring future Temptation Joe Herndon), David Sea went on to a solo career, [28] and Evans and Taylor formed a Temptations tribute band.
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.Edwards' group whose lineup in 1993 featured Edwards, Mike Patillo (bass), Bernard Gibson (tenor), a fourth male member, and a female member has appeared on several PBS music specials.^ The lineup in 1993 was Edwards, Mike Patillo (bass), Bernard Gibson (tenor), a fourth male member, and a female member.
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^ The group has appeared on several PBS music specials.

^ Edwards' group has appeared on several PBS music specials.
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.The female member was replaced by the returning David Sea in 1999, and the remaining male member by falsetto Chris Arnold in the early 2000s.^ The female member was replaced by the returning David Sea in 1999, and the remaining male member by falsetto Chris Arnold in the early 2000s.
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^ The lineup is Edwards, David Sea (baritone, returning in 1999), Mike Patillo (bass since 1993), Chris Arnold (first tenor/falsetto, joined post-2000),[29] and another former Temptation, Ali-Ollie Woodson.

^ Ollie Woodson remained with the Temptations until 1987, when he was fired and replaced by an again-returning Dennis Edwards.
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.Bernard Gibson was fired in 2006,[31] and replaced by another former Temptation, Ali-Ollie Woodson, who previously fronted an act called Ali-Ollie Woodson & the Emperors of Soul, the name being drawn from the Temptations boxed set released in 1994. Woodson left the group briefly in 2008, joining a Broadway review of The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, and was replaced by Paul Williams, Jr., son of the late Paul Williams, Sr.^ Bernard Gibson was fired in 2006 [31] , and replaced by another former Temptation, Ali-Ollie Woodson.
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^ Woodson left the group in 2008 (joining a Broadway review of The Greatest Love Story Ever Told [32] ), and was replaced by Paul Williams, Jr., son of original Temptation Paul Williams.
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^ Woodson previously fronted an act called Ali-Ollie Woodson & the Emperors of Soul -- Emperors of Soul being the name of the 1994 Temptations boxed set .
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from the original lineup. Woodson briefly rejoined, but left again due to cancer with Paul Williams Jr. again taking his place.

Glenn Leonard and Damon Harris

.Harris later split from his "Temptations Revue", with the other four members joining another former Temptation falsetto, Glenn Leonard, to become "Glenn Leonard and the Temptations Experience."^ Damon Harris split from his group in the late 1990s; the other four members then joined with another former Temptation, Glenn Leonard, to become "Glenn Leonard and the Temptations Experience."
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^ Oxygen tanks were kept in the wings of performance venue stages for Williams, and the other four Temptations made valiant efforts to raid and drain his alcohol stashes.
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^ The lineup is Edwards, David Sea (baritone, returning in 1999), Mike Patillo (bass since 1993), Chris Arnold (first tenor/falsetto, joined post-2000),[29] and another former Temptation, Ali-Ollie Woodson.

.Joe Herndon left this group to join the Temptations Voice Booking Agency[32] and his spot was filled by former Temptations bass singer Ray Davis.^ Joe Herndon left this group to join the Temptations[32] His spot was filled by former Temptations bass Ray Davis, and, following Davis' death on July 5, 2005, Harry McGilberry, another former Temptations bass (McGilberry died on April 3, 2006).

^ Joe Herndon left this group to join the Temptations [34] His spot was filled by former Temptations bass Ray Davis, and, following Davis' death on July 5 , 2005 , Harry McGilberry, another former Temptations bass (McGilberry died on April 3 , 2006 ).
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^ The lineup of Cameron, Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Harry McGilberry, and Terry Weeks recorded for a short time before Harry McGilberry was dismissed;[22] his replacement was former Spaniels bass Joe Herndon.

Following Davis' death on July 5, 2005, the spot was filled by another former Temptations bass singer Harry McGilberry, who died of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 56 on April 3, 2006. Damon Harris would form a new group later, billed as "Damon Harris and the Temptations Tribute."

Richard Street's Temptations

.Richard Street also leads a group, billed as "Richard Street" or "Richard Street's Temptations".[33] Street is in the process of writing a book regarding his time with The Temptations entitled Ball of Confusion.^ Street is in the process of writing a book regarding his time with The Temptations entitled Ball of Confusion .
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^ Street is in the process of writing a book regarding his time with The Temptations entitled Ball of Confusion.

^ Richard Street also leads a group, billed as "Richard Street" or "Richard Street's Temptations".
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.If it is published, it will be the second autobiography regarding the group.^ If it is published, it will be the second autobiography regarding the group.

.In 1992, "Ruffin & Kendricks" roadie, Tony Turner, also wrote a book, assisted by Barbara Aria, contrasting Otis Williams' account of the group's glory days, entitled Deliver Us From Temptation.^ In 1992, "Ruffin & Kendricks" roadie, Tony Turner , also wrote a book, assisted by Barbara Aria, contrasting Otis Williams' account of the group's glory days, entitled Deliver Us From Temptation .
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^ The Temptations: Otis tells the group's tale.

^ Williams' complaint deals with their use of "The Temptations", as well as claims that the act accepted considerably lower fees than The Temptations, hurting the group's reputation as well as the ability to work.
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"Legendary Lead Singers of The Temptations"

.Leonard, Woodson, and Henderson have toured as "Legendary Lead Singers of the Temptations" and "The Temptations Reunion Show" since 2004. This prompted a lawsuit by Otis Williams filed in October 2007, citing not just the three performers but their managers and every venue that hosted them.^ Leonard, Woodson, and Henderson have toured as "Legendary Lead Singers of the Temptations" and "The Temptations Reunion Show" since 2004.
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^ Also cited is advertising by the venues claimed to be misleading by billing Leonard, Woodson, and Henderson's group as "The Temptations".
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^ This prompted a legal battle with Otis Williams.

.Williams' complaint deals with their use of the name, "The Temptations", as well as claims that the act accepted considerably lower fees than The Temptations, hurting the group's reputation as well as the ability to work.^ Before the Temptations became popular, most black vocal groups were rough, high-energy acts with rawer vocals and more improvisational dance movements.

^ As the ages of its members increased, the Temptations' live shows have focused on less intricate choreography, although dancing remains an important aspect of the group's act.

^ Several former Temptations continue to perform outside of the group in spin-off or offshoot acts.

Also cited is advertising by the venues claimed to be misleading by billing Leonard, Woodson and Henderson's group as "The Temptations".[34]

Musical style

.Unlike many other R&B groups, each member of the Temptations was a lead singer of some capacity, and The Temptations' songs depended upon the individual members' interaction as a group.^ The Temptations' songs depended upon the individual members' interaction as a group; unlike many other R&B groups, each member of the Temptations was a lead singer of some capacity.
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^ He demanded special treatment, riding to and from gigs in a private mink-lined limousine with his then-girlfriend, singer Tammi Terrell (known for her duets with Marvin Gaye), instead of in the group limousine the other four Temptations used.

^ One song Isnt She Pretty had all five members signing lead (and mainly showcased the lead vocals of Al Bryant); it was a precursor to the multi-lead songs the group would record in the late 60's.
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.Although the group always had an appointed main lead singer who dominated most the lead vocals (from Paul Williams to David Ruffin, Dennis Edwards, and later singers such as Louis Price, Ali-Ollie Woodson, and Terry Weeks), that singer was never given more of a promotional push than the other members.^ Although the group always had an appointed main lead singer who dominated most the lead vocals (from Paul Williams to David Ruffin, Dennis Edwards, and later singers such as Louis Price, Ali-Ollie Woodson, and Terry Weeks), that singer was never given more of a promotional push than the other members.
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^ Dennis Edwards' group tours to this day.

^ While traveling as part of Motown's Motortown Revue later that year, Robinson and fellow Miracle Ronnie White wrote a song for the emotive Ruffin to sing lead on, which the group recorded in the fall of 1964.

.Co-lead songs, with two or more of the singers sharing the lead vocals, are common in the Temptations catalog, particularly among the psychedelic-era recordings of the late 1960s/early 1970s.^ The Temptations in the early 1970s .
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^ Co-lead songs, with two or more of the singers sharing the lead vocals, are common in the Temptations catalog, particularly among the psychedelic-era recordings of the late 1960s/early 1970s.
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^ One song Isnt She Pretty had all five members signing lead (and mainly showcased the lead vocals of Al Bryant); it was a precursor to the multi-lead songs the group would record in the late 60's.
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The "Motown Sound" (1961-1968)

.Following their first Motown hit, the group would alter their style several times over the ensuing years, adapting to the popular styles of the day while retaining their signature visual and vocal styles.^ The group would alter their style several times over the years following their first Motown hit, adapting to the popular styles of the day while retaining their signature visual and vocal styles.
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^ Both Franklin and Otis Williams agreed at this time that Kendricks would be leaving the group.
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^ By the time "Just My Imagination" hit number-one in March, Kendricks had negotiated his release from the group and signed a solo deal with Motown's Tamla imprint.
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.The earliest Temptations recordings backed by Motown's stalwart studio band, the Funk Brothers, reflect the influence of producers Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson, and featured a cohesive blend of black rhythm and blues along with elements of white pop music that later came to be known as the "Motown Sound". Recordings made prior to 1966 such as "My Girl", were built around songs with simple, direct lyrics supported by an R&B rhythm section with orchestral strings and horns added for pop appeal.^ Backed by Motown's stalwart studio band, the Funk Brothers, pre-1966 Temptations recordings were built around songs (usually ballads like "My Girl") with simple, direct lyrics supported by an R&B rhythm section with orchestral strings and horns added for pop appeal.

^ "Temptations Record 15 Classics for Reflections".

^ The earliest Temptations recordings reflect the influence of producers Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson, featuring a blend of black rhythm and blues and white pop music that came to be later identified as the "Motown Sound".

.During this period, each recording usually featured only one lead singer, usually David Ruffin or Eddie Kendricks, although Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, and Otis Williams each had solo numbers of their own at various times during this period.^ Original members were: Eldridge Bryant Otis Williams Melvin Franklin Eddie Kendricks Paul Williams Masterpiece was a fitting title for this album for it was a masterpiece.
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^ During this period, each recording usually featured only one lead singer, usually David Ruffin or Eddie Kendricks, although Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, and Otis Williams each had solo numbers of their own at various times.
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^ Both Franklin and Otis Williams agreed at this time that Kendricks would be leaving the group.
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.Melisma and other complicated vocalization techniques featured in the arrangements of most other Motown groups of the period were essentially eschewed by the Temptations for a more direct, yet obviously gospel-rooted vocal approach, in order to make the songs more palatable for white audiences.^ Like most Motown groups, melisma and other complicated vocalization techniques were eschewed by the Temptations for a more direct, yet obviously gospel -rooted vocal approach, to make the songs more palatable for white audiences.
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^ Like most Motown groups, melisma and other complicated vocalization techniques were eschewed by the Temptations for a more direct, yet obviously gospel-rooted vocal approach, to make the songs more palatable for white audiences.

^ While traveling as part of Motown's Motortown Revue later that year, Robinson and fellow Miracle Ronnie White wrote a song for the emotive Ruffin to sing lead on, which the group recorded in the fall of 1964.

.Creative control remained primarily in the hands of Smokey Robinson, although individual members of the Temptations periodically co-wrote some of their own songs, most frequently by Eddie Kendricks, who also handled the vocal arrangements for all of the Temptations' material.^ Creative control remained primarily in Smokey Robinson's hands, although the Temptations, most frequently Eddie Kendricks, periodically co-wrote some of their material.
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^ Kendricks also handled the vocal arrangements for all of the Temptations' material.
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^ One song Isnt She Pretty had all five members signing lead (and mainly showcased the lead vocals of Al Bryant); it was a precursor to the multi-lead songs the group would record in the late 60's.
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.In 1966, Norman Whitfield changed the group's dynamic, moving them away from the previous one lead singer model and adding elements derived from the rougher soul of artists such as James Brown, Wilson Pickett, and the performers at Stax Records.^ In 1966, Norman Whitfield changed the group's dynamic, moving them away from the previous one lead singer model and adding elements derived from the rougher soul of artists like James Brown, Wilson Pickett , and the performers at Stax Records .
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^ In 1966, Norman Whitfield changed the group's dynamic, moving them away from the previous one lead singer model and adding elements derived from the rougher soul of artists like James Brown, Wilson Pickett, and the performers at Stax Records.

^ One song Isnt She Pretty had all five members signing lead (and mainly showcased the lead vocals of Al Bryant); it was a precursor to the multi-lead songs the group would record in the late 60's.
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.Whitfield and his lyricists crafted Temptations songs with shifts of dynamics, syncopated horn stabs, and more intricate harmony arrangements which spotlighted each singer's unique vocal range.^ Whitfield and his lyricists crafted Temptations songs with shifts of dynamics, syncopated horn stabs, and more intricate harmony arrangements which spotlighted each singer's unique vocal range.
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^ Like most Motown groups, melisma and other complicated vocalization techniques were eschewed by the Temptations for a more direct, yet obviously gospel -rooted vocal approach, to make the songs more palatable for white audiences.
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^ Like most Motown groups, melisma and other complicated vocalization techniques were eschewed by the Temptations for a more direct, yet obviously gospel-rooted vocal approach, to make the songs more palatable for white audiences.

.Onstage, this change was reflected in the group's use of a custom-made four-headed microphone stand, (invented by David Ruffin), which allowed each member freedom to perform without having to all crowd around one or two microphones.^ Onstage, this change was reflected in the group's use of a custom-made four-headed microphone, which allowed each member freedom to perform without having to all crowd around one or two microphones.

^ Onstage, this change was reflected in the group's use of a custom-made four-headed microphone stand, which allowed each member freedom to perform without having to all crowd around one or two microphones.
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^ Oxygen tanks were kept in the wings of performance venue stages for Williams, and the other four Temptations made valiant efforts to raid and drain his alcohol stashes.
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.Under Whitfield's control, the Temptations retained their white pop appeal, but also gained popularity amongst black audiences as well.^ Under Whitfield's control, the Temptations retained their white pop appeal, but also gained popularity amongst black audiences as well.
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^ Before the Temptations became popular, most black vocal groups were rough, high-energy acts with rawer vocals and more improvisational dance movements.
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^ Unlike Hayes and Mayfield, the Temptations had no creative control over their recordings, and were not fond of the twelve and thirteen-minute long songs that Norman Whitfield was now producing for them.
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Psychedelic and cinematic soul (1968-1973)

.When David Ruffin was replaced by Dennis Edwards, and Sly and the Family Stone became popular, Whitfield again restructured the Temptations' sound, this time driving the group almost completely into a "psychedelic soul" type sound.^ Dennis Edwards' group tours to this day.

^ Dennis Edwards' addition to the Temptations coincided with producer Norman Whitfield's adoption of a new sound for the group.
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^ Dennis Edwards and the Temptations in perfect group harmony.
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However, ballads in the traditional style of the group were still being recorded as B-sides and album fillers, with the lone exception being "Just My Imagination".
.Most other recordings from this period in 1968-1970 such as "Cloud Nine" and "Psychedelic Shack" featured echoed vocal tracks, distorted guitar lines with prominent use of the wah-wah pedal, hard-hitting drums, and various stereo and other sound effects.^ Recordings from this period (such as "Cloud Nine" and "Psychedelic Shack") featured echoed vocal tracks, distorted guitar lines with prominent use of the wah-wah pedal, hard-hitting drums, and various stereo effects and sound effects.
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^ Tracks such as the album version of "Run Away Child, Running Wild" from Cloud Nine , "Take a Stroll Thru Your Mind" from Psychedelic Shack , and " Smiling Faces Sometimes " from Sky's the Limit , all run at least eight minutes in length.
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^ Tracks such as the album version of "Run Away Child, Running Wild" from Cloud Nine, "Take a Stroll Thru Your Mind" from Psychedelic Shack, and "Smiling Faces Sometimes" from Sky's the Limit, all run at least eight minutes in length.

.The majority of these songs feature at least two lead singers and often, all five Temptations sang lead, trading bars à la the Family Stone.^ The majority of these songs feature at least two lead singers; often, all five Temptations sang lead, trading bars a la the Family Stone.
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^ The instrumentation was funkier, the beat was hard-driving, and all five Temptations traded lead vocals, similar to Sly & the Family Stone.

^ The instrumentation was funkier , the beat was hard-driving, and all five Temptations traded lead vocals, similar to Sly & the Family Stone.
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.Dennis Edwards, whose vocal style had a rougher, more Southern-soul based sound than that of David Ruffin, was often featured prominently on most of these recordings.^ Dennis Edwards, whose vocal style had a rougher, more Southern-soul based sound than David Ruffin's, was featured prominently on most of these recordings.
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^ Many singles that might have been charted higher did not have the data for the Billboard charts to evaluate, so it is quite possible that the Temptations probably sold more than a "Gold Record" number of most of their early records.
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^ Recordings from this period (such as "Cloud Nine" and "Psychedelic Shack") featured echoed vocal tracks, distorted guitar lines with prominent use of the wah-wah pedal, hard-hitting drums, and various stereo effects and sound effects.
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.Inspired heavily by the concurrent works of Sly Stone, the lyrics for these songs centered primarily around then-current social issues such as integration, the Vietnam War, and self-consciousness.^ The lyrics for these songs, inspired heavily by Sly Stone 's concurrent works, centered primarily around social issues such as integration , the Vietnam War , and self-consciousness.
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^ The lyrics for these songs, inspired heavily by Sly Stone's concurrent works, centered primarily around social issues such as integration, the Vietnam War, and self-consciousness.

^ The majority of these songs feature at least two lead singers; often, all five Temptations sang lead, trading bars a la the Family Stone.
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.In addition, in an attempt to get the social message contained therein across to their audiences more clearly, many of the psychedelic soul recordings of this period were presented in mixes of extended length, often up to twice, triple or quadruple the length of the typical three-minute Motown song.^ Many of the psychedelic soul recordings were presented in extended-length mixes longer than the typical three-minute Motown song.
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^ Like most Motown groups, melisma and other complicated vocalization techniques were eschewed by the Temptations for a more direct, yet obviously gospel -rooted vocal approach, to make the songs more palatable for white audiences.
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^ Like most Motown groups, melisma and other complicated vocalization techniques were eschewed by the Temptations for a more direct, yet obviously gospel-rooted vocal approach, to make the songs more palatable for white audiences.

.Tracks such as the album version of "Run Away Child, Running Wild" from Cloud Nine, "Take a Stroll Thru Your Mind" from Psychedelic Shack, and "Smiling Faces Sometimes" from Sky's the Limit, all run at least eight minutes in length.^ Tracks such as the album version of "Run Away Child, Running Wild" from Cloud Nine , "Take a Stroll Thru Your Mind" from Psychedelic Shack , and " Smiling Faces Sometimes " from Sky's the Limit , all run at least eight minutes in length.
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^ Tracks such as the album version of "Run Away Child, Running Wild" from Cloud Nine, "Take a Stroll Thru Your Mind" from Psychedelic Shack, and "Smiling Faces Sometimes" from Sky's the Limit, all run at least eight minutes in length.

^ Runaway Child, Running wild .
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.At the insistence of Norman Whitfield, a large portion of the additional running time for each song consisted of instrumental passages without vocals.^ Much of the running time for each song consists of instrumental passages without vocals, at Whitfield's insistence.
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^ Dennis Edwards' addition to the Temptations coincided with producer Norman Whitfield's adoption of a new sound for the group.
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^ The musicians at the recording session for the Distants' "Come On" included James Jamerson on bass; the Andantes on background vocals; and Norman Whitfield on tambourine.

.For example, the hit version of their smash 1972 single "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" was nearly seven minutes long, featuring an instrumental intro that was almost two minutes long, a rarity for songs of that era.^ The hit version of their smash 1972 single "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" was nearly seven minutes long, with an instrumental intro that was almost two minutes long -- a rarity for songs of that era.
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^ An edited seven-minute version was released as a single in September 1972, hitting number-one on the pop charts and number-five on the R&B charts.
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^ Their material has earned them three Grammy Awards , while two more awards were conferred upon the songwriters and producers who crafted their 1972 hit " Papa Was a Rollin' Stone ".
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."Psychedelic soul" soon gave way to "cinematic soul", highlighting a further series of lengthy recordings featuring detailed orchestration, extended instrumental introductions and bridging passages.^ "Psychedelic soul" soon gave way to "cinematic soul": Long recordings with detailed orchestration and extended instrumental introductions and bridging passages, often focusing on lyrics about the ghettos and inner cities of black America.
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^ "Psychedelic soul" soon gave way to "cinematic soul": Long recordings with detailed orchestration and extended instrumental introductions and bridging passages, oten focusing on lyrics about the ghettos and inner cities of black America.

^ Psychedelic and cinematic soul .
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.Often focusing on lyrics about the ghettos and inner cities of black America, these songs were heavily influenced by the work of singer-songwriters Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield.^ These songs were heavily influenced by the work of singer/songwriters Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield.

^ These songs were heavily influenced by the work of singer/songwriters Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield .
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^ "Psychedelic soul" soon gave way to "cinematic soul": Long recordings with detailed orchestration and extended instrumental introductions and bridging passages, often focusing on lyrics about the ghettos and inner cities of black America.
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.Unlike Hayes and Mayfield however, the Temptations had no creative control over their recordings, and were in no way fond of the twelve- and thirteen-minute long songs being forced upon them by Norman Whitfield, whose contributions were the focal point of Temptations albums such as Solid Rock, All Directions, and particularly Masterpiece.^ Whitfield's contributions were the focal point of Temptations albums such as Solid Rock, All Directions, and particularly Masterpiece.

^ Whitfield's contributions were the focal point of Temptations albums such as Solid Rock , All Directions , and particularly Masterpiece .
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^ Unlike Hayes and Mayfield, the Temptations had no creative control over their recordings, and were not fond of the twelve and thirteen-minute long songs that Norman Whitfield was now producing for them.
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From funk to disco to adult contemporary (1974 to present)

.In 1974, after Whitfield was dismissed as the producer for the Temptations, the group altered its sound to accommodate a balance of both up-tempo dance material as well as ballads.^ After Whitfield was dismissed as the Temptations' producer in 1974, the group altered its sound to accommodate a balance of both up-tempo dance material and ballads.
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^ The song did well, and Whitfield was made the group's main producer.
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^ Before the Temptations became popular, most black vocal groups were rough, high-energy acts with rawer vocals and more improvisational dance movements.
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.The vocal arrangements began to again focus primarily on one lead singer per track, although some leads were still being shared periodically.^ The vocal arrangements began to again focus primarily on one lead singer per track, although leads were still being periodically shared.
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^ The Temptations' songs depended upon the individual members' interaction as a group; unlike many other R&B groups, each member of the Temptations was a lead singer of some capacity.
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^ Creative control remained primarily in Smokey Robinson's hands, although the Temptations, most frequently Eddie Kendricks, periodically co-wrote some of their material.
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.In addition, the Temptations themselves, after fighting Motown and Berry Gordy for creative control, began to write and produce some of their own material.^ In addition, the Temptations themselves, after fighting Motown and Berry Gordy for creative control, began to write and produce some of their material.
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^ Otis Williams complained about Whitfield's actions and the Temptations' stagnant sales to Berry Gordy, who intervened and reassigned them to Jeffrey Bowen, co-producer of the 1967 In a Mellow Mood album.

^ Otis Williams complained about Whitfield's actions and the Temptations' stagnant sales to Berry Gordy, who intervened and reassigned them to Jeffrey Bowen , co-producer of the 1967 In a Mellow Mood album.
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.From this point on, the Temptations focused almost exclusively on songs about romance.^ From this point on, the Temptations focused almost exclusively on songs about romance; songs about social issues similar to the Whitfield-era recordings were periodically recorded as well.
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^ He had, upon this point, almost entire control of the world, and his temptations were so adapted to the circumstances and surroundings of Christ that his temptations upon appetite were almost overpowering.

.However, songs about social issues similar to the recordings made during the tenure of Norman Whitfield were periodically produced as well.^ The song did well, and Whitfield was made the group's main producer.
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^ From this point on, the Temptations focused almost exclusively on songs about romance; songs about social issues similar to the Whitfield-era recordings were periodically recorded as well.
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^ Whitfield's writing partners during this period included Roger Penzabene, Temptations road show manager and their cornerstone recording and performing guitarist Cornelius Grant, and Edward Holland, Jr..

.Temptations recordings of the mid `70's focused significantly on the influences of funk music from artists such as Parliament-Funkadelic and Sly and the Family Stone, and members of both acts contributed significantly to material recorded by the group during this period.^ Mid-1970s Temptations recordings focused significantly on funk music influences from artists such as Parliament Funkadelic and Sly and the Family Stone; members of both acts contributed to Temptations material during this period.

^ In addition to mastering the smooth R&B ballad, the group pioneered a brand of tough, rock-influenced soul music that inspired scores of later artists.
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.In addition, their signature ballad sound, reduced to filler material during much of the Whitfield period, was restored to the lush, full productions of the earlier hits produced by Smokey Robinson.^ The group's ballads, reduced to filler material during much of the Whifield period, were restored to the lush sound of the earlier Smokey Robinson-produced hits.

^ The group's ballads, reduced to filler material during much of the Whitfield period, were restored to the lush sound of the earlier Smokey Robinson-produced hits.
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^ Many songwriter and producer teams had been trying to craft a hit for the Temptations, including Berry Gordy, Mickey Stevenson , Clarence Paul, and Norman Whitfield.
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.After a brief diversion into disco in the late-1970s, the Temptations settled into a form of an adult contemporary-rooted type of R&B, a style in which they continue to record.^ From funk to disco to adult contemporary .
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^ After a brief diversion into disco in the late-1970s, the Temptations settled into an adult contemporary-rooted form of R&B, a style in which they continue to record.

^ After a brief diversion into disco in the late-1970s, the Temptations settled into an adult contemporary -rooted form of R&B, a style in which they continue to record.
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.Although the group continues to feature dancing as an important aspect of its act, as the ages of its members have increased, live shows have focused on less intricate choreography.^ As the ages of its members increased, the Temptations' live shows have focused on less intricate choreography, although dancing remains an important aspect of the group's act.
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^ Before the Temptations became popular, most black vocal groups were rough, high-energy acts with rawer vocals and more improvisational dance movements.
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^ Several former Temptations continue to perform outside of the group in spin-off or offshoot acts.
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Legacy and influence

.With their tailored suits and detailed choreography, The Temptations set the bar high for male soul and R&B groups of the period.^ The Temptations, with their tailored suits and detailed choreography, set the bar for male soul and R&B groups.
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^ Before the Temptations became popular, most black vocal groups were rough, high-energy acts with rawer vocals and more improvisational dance movements.
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^ As the ages of its members increased, the Temptations' live shows have focused on less intricate choreography, although dancing remains an important aspect of the group's act.
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.Before the Temptations became popular, most black vocal groups were rough, high-energy acts featuring vocals which were more raw and dance movements which were more improvisational.^ Before the Temptations became popular, most black vocal groups were rough, high-energy acts with rawer vocals and more improvisational dance movements.
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^ The Temptations released two singles on Miracle, "Oh Mother of Mine" and " Check Yourself " featuring Paul Williams' powerful lead, before it was closed and merged with the Gordy label (to avoid confusion with the Miracles singing group).
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^ Like most Motown groups, melisma and other complicated vocalization techniques were eschewed by the Temptations for a more direct, yet obviously gospel -rooted vocal approach, to make the songs more palatable for white audiences.
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.Only a few performers, including contemporaries Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, and the Four Tops, showed the refined style that would be popularized by the Temptations.^ Only a few performers, including contemporaries Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, and the Four Tops, showed the refined style that would be popularized by the Temptations.

^ Only a few performers, including contemporaries Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke , and the Four Tops, showed the refined style that would be popularized by the Temptations.
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^ He demanded special treatment, riding to and from gigs in a private mink-lined limousine with his then-girlfriend, singer Tammi Terrell (known for her duets with Marvin Gaye), instead of in the group limousine the other four Temptations used.

.Producer Berry Gordy insisted that all his acts be equally appealing to both white as well as black audiences, and employed an extensive creative team to help tailor Motown talent for the crossover success he desired.^ Berry Gordy insisted his acts be equally appealing to white and black audiences, and employed a creative team to help tailor Motown talent for crossover success.
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^ Berry Gordy co-wrote and produced the Temptations' first single under the new contract, "Power", from the album of the same name.

^ In addition, the Temptations themselves, after fighting Motown and Berry Gordy for creative control, began to write and produce some of their material.
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.Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins along with Paul Williams created the trademark precise and energetic, yet refined, dance steps used by the Temptations onstage.^ Paul Williams and Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins created the Temptation's trademark precise and energetic, yet refined, dance steps.
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^ Williams' complaint deals with their use of "The Temptations", as well as claims that the act accepted considerably lower fees than The Temptations, hurting the group's reputation as well as the ability to work.
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^ Recounts the story of how Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams and Al Bryant became The Temptations and created hit records with singer David Ruffin.
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.The most famous of these, the "Temptation Walk", or "Temptation Strut", was adapted from similar moves by the Flamingos and the Vibrations and from those two sources, Cholly Atkins and Paul Williams crafted the resulting signature dance routine.^ From those two sources, Paul Williams crafted the group's signature dance routine.
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^ The most famous of these, the "Temptation Walk", or "Temptation Strut", was adapted from similar moves by the Flamingoes and the Vibrations.
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^ Paul Williams and Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins created the Temptation's trademark precise and energetic, yet refined, dance steps.
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.Like other similar independent companies of the period, Motown was neither a member of ASCAP nor BMI, preferring to stay independent and handling their own widely varied distribution through thousands of "Mom & Pop" record stores and small radio stations.^ Motown, like other independent companies, was not a member of ASCAP or BMI , preferring to stay independent and handling their own widely varied distribution through thousands of "Mom & Pop" record stores and small radio stations.
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.Many singles that might have been charted higher did not have the data for the Billboard charts to evaluate, so it is quite possible that the Temptations probably sold more than a "Gold Record" number of most of their early records.^ The Temptations probably sold more than a "Gold Record" number of most of their early records, they were a major act throughout the South and Midwest, influential in New York and the West Coast.

^ The single went to number-six on the R&B charts.
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^ Many singles that might have been charted higher did not have the data for the Billboard charts to evaluate, so it is quite possible that the Temptations probably sold more than a "Gold Record" number of most of their early records.
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.Their stage work and depth of their lead singers made them legends throughout the northern cities as well as the southern "chitlin' circuit", before being acknowledged by most radio disc jockeys as the strongest group around.^ Their stage work and four lead singer depth made them legends throughout the Northern cities and the Southern "Chitlin' Circuit", and were acknowledged by most radio DJ's as the strongest group around.

^ Their stage work and lead singer depth made them legends throughout the northern cities and the southern " chitlin' circuit ", and were acknowledged by most radio disc jockeys as the strongest group around.
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^ Before the Temptations became popular, most black vocal groups were rough, high-energy acts with rawer vocals and more improvisational dance movements.
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.During the 1960s and 1970s, a number of soul groups showed significant influence from the Temptations, among them the Delfonics, the Chi-Lites, Parliaments, featuring George Clinton, the Dramatics, and Motown labelmates the Jackson 5 and The Undisputed Truth.^ During the 1960s and 1970s, a number of soul groups showed significant influence from the Temptations, among them the Delfonics, the Stylistics, George Clinton's original Parliaments, the Dramatics, and Motown labelmates the Jackson Five.

^ During the 1960s and 1970s, a number of soul groups showed significant influence from the Temptations, among them the Delfonics , the Chi-Lites , George Clinton 's original Parliaments , the Dramatics , and Motown labelmates the Jackson Five and The Undisputed Truth .
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^ In addition to mastering the smooth R&B ballad, the group pioneered a brand of tough, rock-influenced soul music that inspired scores of later artists.
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.These acts, and others, showed the influence of the Temptations in both their vocal performances and their onstage choreography.^ These acts, and others, showed the influence of the Temptations in both their vocal performances and their onstage choreography.
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^ Oxygen tanks were kept in the wings of performance venue stages for Williams, and the other four Temptations made valiant efforts to raid and drain his alcohol stashes.
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^ Before the Temptations became popular, most black vocal groups were rough, high-energy acts with rawer vocals and more improvisational dance movements.
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.Several more recent soul and R&B vocal groups, including the New Edition led by Johnny Gill, Jodeci, BLACKstreet, Dru Hill, and, most notably, Boyz II Men in the 90's also showed significant influence from the Temptations.^ Several more recent soul and R&B vocal groups, including the Johnny Gill-led version of New Edition, Jodeci, BLACKstreet, Dru Hill, and, most notably, 1990s Motown act Boyz II Men, also showed significant influence from the Temptations.

^ Several more recent soul and R&B vocal groups, including the Johnny Gill -led version of New Edition , Jodeci , BLACKstreet , Dru Hill , and, most notably, 1990s Motown act Boyz II Men , also showed significant influence from the Temptations.
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^ In addition to mastering the smooth R&B ballad, the group pioneered a brand of tough, rock-influenced soul music that inspired scores of later artists.
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.It is interesting to note that during the early part of their career, their main competition came from Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield; then during the phase of the group featuring alternating leads, competition came from the Chi-Lites.^ It is interesting to note that during the early part of their career, their main competition came from Curtis Mayfield's Impressions , then during the phase where they alternated leads, the Chi-Lites, and in their next phase, the O'Jays .
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^ The various members of the Primes and the Distants who would later become part of the Temptations met a number of their later Motown bandmates, labelmates, and producers during the early part of their careers.
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^ The group's repertoire has included, at various times during its five-decade career, R&B , doo-wop , funk , disco , soul , and adult contemporary music .
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.In their next phase, competition came from the O'Jays.^ It is interesting to note that during the early part of their career, their main competition came from Curtis Mayfield's Impressions , then during the phase where they alternated leads, the Chi-Lites, and in their next phase, the O'Jays .
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.In each case, each group alternated between love songs and songs with messages in their lyrics.^ In each case, each group alternated between love songs and songs with messages in their lyrics.
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^ Gordy had in fact written the song " Do You Love Me " for the Temptations in 1961, but when he was unable to get a hold of the group, he recorded the song with the Contours instead.
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^ Gordy had in fact written the song "Do You Love Me" for The Temptations in 1961, but when he was unable to get a hold of the group, he recorded the song with the Contours instead.

.Temptations songs have been covered by scores of musicians, from R&B singers such as Luther Vandross ("Since I Lost My Baby"), to pop vocalists such as Bette Midler ("Just My Imagination"), to rock bands such as Rare Earth ("Get Ready"), Anthrax, Love and Rockets, Duran Duran ("Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today") and the Rolling Stones ("My Girl", "Ain't Too Proud to Beg", "Just My Imagination") and Mick Jagger's collaboration with reggae artist Peter Tosh on ("Don't Look Back").^ Soul Masters: My Girl The Temptations .
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^ Papa Was a Rolling Stone - The Temptations .
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^ The majority of these songs feature at least two lead singers; often, all five Temptations sang lead, trading bars a la the Family Stone.

In 1991, British singer Rod Stewart collaborated with the Temptations on the single "The Motown Song".
.The lives and careers of The Temptations were one of several inspirations for a 1991 film about a 1960s Motown-esque male group called The Five Heartbeats, starring Leon and Robert Townsend.^ The lives and careers of The Temptations were one of several inspirations for Robert Townsend's 1991 film about a 1960s Motown-esque male group, The Five Heartbeats.

^ As the ages of its members increased, the Temptations' live shows have focused on less intricate choreography, although dancing remains an important aspect of the group's act.

^ During the 1960s and 1970s, a number of soul groups showed significant influence from the Temptations, among them the Delfonics, the Stylistics, George Clinton's original Parliaments, the Dramatics, and Motown labelmates the Jackson Five.

.In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked The Temptations #67 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.^ In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked The Temptations #67 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

^ The majority of these songs feature at least two lead singers; often, all five Temptations sang lead, trading bars a la the Family Stone.

^ Although Satan had failed in his strongest efforts and most powerful temptations, yet he had not given up all hope that he might at some future time be successful in his efforts.

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Personnel

The Temptations on stage at London's Royal Albert Hall, November 2005. Pictured L-R: Joe Herndon, Otis Williams, G.C. Cameron, Terry Weeks, and Ron Tyson.
.For a detailed listing of the various versions of The Temptations (and a timeline), see: Temptations chronology.^ For a detailed listing of the various versions of The Temptations (and a timeline), see: Temptations chronology .
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^ For a detailed listing of the various versions of The Temptations (and a timeline), see: Temptations chronology.

^ For a detailed listing of albums and singles, see: Temptations discography.

The Primes

aka The Cavaliers

The Distants

aka Otis Williams & the Distants, Otis Williams & the Siberians and The El Domingoes

The Temptations

aka The Elgins

Discography

U.S. and UK Top Ten singles

.The following singles reached the Top Ten of either the United States pop singles chart or the United Kingdom pop singles chart.^ The following singles reached the Top Ten of either the United States pop singles chart or the United Kingdom pop singles chart.

^ US and UK Top Ten singles .

^ The following albums reached the Top Ten on either the United States pop albums chart or the United Kingdom pop albums chart.

.Also included are the singles that hit #1 on the US R&B charts.^ Also included are the singles that hit #1 on the US R&B charts.

^ An edited seven-minute version was released as a single in September 1972, hitting number-one on the pop charts and number-five on the R&B charts.

^ The album was anchored by the Theo Peoples-led single "Stay", a number-one hit on the adult contemporary charts that featured a sample from The Temptations' "My Girl".

Year Song title US Top 10 UK Top 10 R&B No. 1
1965: "My Girl" 1 - 1
1966: "Get Ready" 29 10 1
1966: "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" 13 - 1
1966: "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" 3 - 1
1966: "(I Know) I'm Losing You" 8 - 1
1967: "All I Need" 8 26 2
1967: "You're My Everything" 6 - 3
1967: "I Wish It Would Rain" 4 - 1
1968: "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)" 13 - 1
1968 "Cloud Nine" 6 - 2
1968: "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
(Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations)
2 2 1
1969: "Run Away Child, Running Wild" 6 - 1
1969: "I Can't Get Next to You" 1 - 1
1970: "Psychedelic Shack" 7 - 2
1970: "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" 3 7 2
1971: "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" 1 8 1
1972: "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" 1 - 5
1973: "Masterpiece" 7 - 1
1973: "Let Your Hair Down" - - 1
1974: "Happy People" - - 1
1975: "Shakey Ground" - - 1
1991: "The Motown Song"
(Rod Stewart featuring The Temptations)
10 - -
1992: "My Girl" (reissue) - 2 -

Top Ten albums

.The following albums reached the Top Ten on either the United States pop albums chart or the United Kingdom pop albums chart or the Billboard R&B charts.^ Billboard Top Rock 'N' Roll Hits - 1969 (CD, Album, Comp) .
  • Temptations, The Discography at Discogs 3 February 2010 18:24 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

^ Motown's Biggest Pop Hits: All #1 On Billboard's Charts (CD, Comp) .
  • Temptations, The Discography at Discogs 3 February 2010 18:24 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

Filmography

Television work

  • 1985: The Fall Guy (TV episode "Rockabye Baby", February 13, 1985)
  • 1985: The Love Boat (TV episode "Your Money or Your Wife/Joint Custody/The Temptations", October 5, 1985)
  • 1986: Moonlighting (TV episode "Symphony in Knocked Flat", October 21, 1986)
  • 1986: 227 (TV episode "Temptations", November 15, 1986)
  • 1990: Murphy Brown (TV episode "Goin' to the Chapel, Part 2", May 21, 1990)
  • 1990: performed CBS network's 1990-91 version of their Get Ready campaign with an updated version of "Get Ready".
  • 1993: Getting By (TV episode "Reach for the Stars", November 23, 1993)
  • 1996: New York Undercover (TV episode "Deep Cover", May 2, 1996)
  • 2008: Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (TV appearance), March 7, 2008

Video and DVD releases

  • 1991: The Temptations - Live in Concert
  • 2004: 20th century Masters - The Best of the Temptations
  • 2006: Get Ready: The Definitive Performances - 1965-1972
  • 2007: The Temptations - Live In London (1987)

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Graff, Gary (1988-08-29). The Temptations: Otis tells the group's tale. Detroit Free Press. Online version available from Internet Archive at [1]
  2. ^ (2005). "The Temptations". Memorabletv.com. Retrieved on 2005-11-05.
  3. ^ (2003). "The Temptations". ClassicMotown.com. Retrieved on 2005-11-05.
  4. ^ (2005) Ankeny, Jason. "The Temptations". Allmusic.com. Retrieved on 2005-11-05.
  5. ^ a b c Hardin, Ritchie (July 17, 2004). "The Tangled History of The Temptations". The Ritchie Hardin Network. Archived from the original on 2005-10-18. http://web.archive.org/web/20051018055156/http://www.ritchie-hardin.com/soul/temps0.html. Retrieved 2007-02-09. 
  6. ^ a b c Williams and Romanowski (1988), pp. 26-30.
  7. ^ Williams and Romanowski (1988), pp. 18-19.
  8. ^ a b c d e f Williams and Romanowski (1988), pp. 32-38.
  9. ^ Williams and Romanowski (1988), pp. 40.
  10. ^ Williams and Romanowski (1988), pp. 30, 40-41.
  11. ^ Williams and Romanowski (1988), pp. 9, 32.
  12. ^ Williams and Romanowski (1988), pp. 68-70.
  13. ^ Blair, Elizabeth (June 4, 2000). "Weekend Edition: 'My Girl'". NPR. Retrieved May 17, 2009.
  14. ^ a b c Interview with Eddie Kendricks, Urban Street. Retrieved from [2] on May 17, 2009
  15. ^ Williams and Romanowski, (2002) pp. 170-171
  16. ^ Williams and Romanowski, (2002), p. 172
  17. ^ Williams and Romanowski, (2002), pp. 249, 259
  18. ^ a b Williams and Romanowski, (2002), p. 177
  19. ^ Williams and Romanowski, (2002), p. 183
  20. ^ Williams and Romanowski, (2002), pp. 178-182
  21. ^ a b Williams and Romanowski, (2002), pp. 193-197
  22. ^ a b "Ray Davis-The Original P Interview". Vermontreview.tripod.com. http://vermontreview.tripod.com/Interviews/raydavis.htm. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  23. ^ "Otis Williams". Otiswilliams.net. http://www.otiswilliams.net/history.aspx. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  24. ^ "Welcome to Glicker & Associates". Glickerlaw.com. http://www.glickerlaw.com/media_details.asp?media_id=4. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  25. ^ "Various Photos". The Temptations Photo Gallery. http://www.thetemptations.com/v-web/gallery/former-various/tempts149. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  26. ^ 2005-11-28. "Temptations Record 15 Classics for Reflections". Universal Records press release, Retrieved on 2005-12-03.
  27. ^ "GC Cameron's WHCR 90.3FM June 8, 2007 Interview with Maurice Watts". Mauricewatts.com. http://www.mauricewatts.com/interviews/gcinterview3.html. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  28. ^ "Amazon.com: Back to Front: The Temptations: Music". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000V9KFLO. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  29. ^ "Amazon.com: Papa Was a Rolling Stone: The Temptations: Music". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006AFRC. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  30. ^ [3]
  31. ^ http://www.keyofgee.com/bernard_gibson
  32. ^ Glenn Leonard bio(2004). Retrieved on 2006-11-18. Notice Joe Herndon, top right.
  33. ^ "Invalid Website". Rummage.com.au. http://www.rummage.com.au/AAPView.aspx?id=59502. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  34. ^ Posted Oct 29th 2007 6:03PM by TMZ Staff. "Original Temptation Ain't Too Proud to Sue - TMZ.com - Entertainment News, Celebrity Gossip and Hollywood Rumors". Tmz.com. http://www.tmz.com/2007/10/29/original-temptation-aint-too-proud-to-sue/2. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  35. ^ "The Immortals: The First Fifty". Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/5939214/the_immortals_the_first_fifty. Retrieved 2007-02-05. 

References

  • George, Nelson. ."Cool as They Wanna Be". The Temptations: Emperors of Soul [CD Box Set].^ The Temptations, with their tailored suits and detailed choreography, set the bar for male soul and R&B groups.

    ^ Woodson previously fronted an act called Ali-Ollie Woodson & the Emperors of Soul--Emperors of Soul being the name of the 1994 Temptations boxed set.

    .New York: Motown Record Co., L.P.
  • Posner, Gerald (2002).^ Later that year, The Temptations asked to be released from their Motown contract, and moved to another Universal Motown Records Group label, New Door Records.

    ^ The new lineup recorded another album of older Motown material, Back to Front[25], released in October of 2007.

    Motown : Music, Money, Sex, and Power. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-375-50062-6.
  • Teegardin, Carol (April 6, 1986). Eddie Kendrick: once again, he's doing fine on cloud nine. .Detroit Free Press.
  • Weinger, Harry (1994).^ Detroit Free Press.

    ."Sunshine on a Cloudy Day". The Temptations: Emperors of Soul [CD Box Set].^ The Temptations, with their tailored suits and detailed choreography, set the bar for male soul and R&B groups.

    ^ Woodson previously fronted an act called Ali-Ollie Woodson & the Emperors of Soul--Emperors of Soul being the name of the 1994 Temptations boxed set.

    .New York: Motown Record Co., L.P.
  • Williams, Otis and Romanowski, Patricia (1988, updated 2002).^ Williams and Romanowski, (2002), p.

    ^ Otis Williams, Edwards, Franklin, Street, and Harris continued recording and performing, and Norman Whitfield continued producing hits for them.

    ^ Otis Williams Book as Source Material ( Temptations ) Otis Williams Book as Source Material ("Temptations") Patricia Romanowski Book as Source Material ( Temptations ) Patricia Romanowski Book as Source Material ("Temptations") Kevin Arkadie Screenplay Robert L Johnson Screenplay .
    • The Temptations Television show - The Temptations TV Show - Yahoo! TV 3 February 2010 18:24 UTC tv.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Temptations. Lanham, MD: Cooper Square. ISBN 0-8154-1218-5.
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