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Music – 1978 – The Temptations – The Way You Do The Things You Do + My Girl + Just My Imagination

The Temptations is an American vocal group who released a series of successful singles and albums with Motown Records during the 1960’s and 1970’s. The group’s work with producer Norman Whitfield, beginning with the Top 10 hit single “Cloud Nine” in October 1968….which pioneered psychedelic soul, and was significant in the evolution of R&B and soul music.  The band members are known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and dress style. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations is among the most successful groups in popular music.

Featuring five male vocalists and dancers, the group formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan under the name The Elgins. The founding members came from two rival Detroit vocal groups….with Otis Williams, Elbridge “Al” Bryant, and Melvin Franklin of Otis Williams & the Distants, and Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams of the Primes. In 1964, Bryant was replaced by David Ruffin….who was the lead vocalist on a number of the group’s biggest hits, includingMy Girl (1964), “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg(1966) andI Wish It Would Rain(1967)….then Ruffin was replaced in 1968 by Dennis Edwards….with whom the group continued to record hit records such as “Cloud Nine” (1969) and Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today) (1970). The group’s lineup has changed frequently since the departures of Kendricks and Paul Williams from the act in 1971. Later members of the group have included singers such as Richard Street, Damon Harris, Ron Tyson, and Ali-Ollie Woodson….with whom the group scored a late-period hit in 1984 with “Treat Her Like a Lady”.

Over the course of their career, the Temptations released four Billboard Hot 100 # 1 singles and fourteen R&B # 1 singles….while earning three Grammy Awards. The Temptations was the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award for “Cloud Nine” in 1969….and in 2013 received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Six of the Temptations (Edwards, Franklin, Kendricks, Ruffin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Three classic Temptations songs, “My Girl”, “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll….and all seen being performed in 1978 at the Coconut Grove Night Club in this video herewith. The Temptations was ranked at # 68 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time.

As of 2018, the Temptations continues to perform with founder Otis Williams in the lineup….fo Williams  is the one who owns rights to the Temptations name.


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