“The crowds are bigger, the sales are sizzling,” says one industry report. “The outpouring of affection for this super-group has never been greater.” The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine – that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy – the Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties.
It wasn’t until 1964 however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced “The Way You Do the things You Do” turned the group into stars. In the eighties, the Temps prevailed with smashes like the Otis Williams penned, “Treat Her Like A Lady.” Then in the nineties, another Temptation explosion: It began with their appearance on “Motown 25” in 1983 and it continued with the NBC mini-series that chronicled the group’s history, which was a ratings triumph over two nights in prime time. An Emmy Award followed.
“Our challenge,” says Otis, “is to live in the present while respecting the past. Our past is filled with riches only a fool would discard. At the same time, we thrive on competition. As a Motowner, I grew up in the most competitive musical atmosphere imaginable. But we also understand that for a group with history, no matter how glorious that history might be, reinvention is the name of the game.
And so THE TEMPTATIONS go on…….and on…..and on……..
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