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Joe HerndonRon TysonTerry WeeksOtis WilliamsBruce Williamson (singer)
Joe HerndonRon TysonTerry WeeksOtis WilliamsBruce Williamson (singer)

Short Abstract:The Temptations (sometimes abbreviated as The Temps or The Tempts) are a Grammy-winning vocal group that achieved fame as one of the most successful acts to record for Motown Records. these men were some of the best people music has ever known and will always 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. Formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1960 as The Elgins, the Temptations have always featured at least five African American male vocalists/dancers. 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. Having sold an estimated 22 million albums by 1982, The Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history and were the definitive male vocal group of the 1960s. In addition, they have the second-longest tenure on Motown, 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 . As of 2007, the Temptations continue to perform and record for Universal Records with only one original member, founder Otis Williams, in its lineup. .

Backgrounds:Group Or Band

Origin Place:Detroit · Michigan · United States

Years Active:1960 - Present


Categories:1960S Music Groups · 1970S Music Groups · American Dancers · American Funk Musical Groups · American Rhythm And Blues Musical Groups · Disco Groups · Funk Musical Groups · Grammy Award Winners · Marvin Gaye Vocalists · Michigan Musical Groups · Motown Records Artists · Musical Groups Established In 1960 · Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees‎ · Soul Musical Groups · Temptations


Labels:Atlantic Records · Motown

Genres:Funk · Rhythm And Blues · Soul

Aliases:Otis Williams and the Distants · Otis Williams and the Siberians · The Distants · The Elgins · The Pirates · The Primes

Current Members:Otis Williams · Ron Tyson

Past Members:David Ruffin · Dennis Edwards · Eddie Kendricks · G.C. Cameron · Glenn Leonard · Louis Price · Melvin Franklin · Ray Davis · Theo Peoples

The Temptations

The Temptations (sometimes abbreviated as The Temps or The Tempts) are a Grammy-winning vocal group that achieved fame as one of the most successful acts to record for Motown Records.

these men were some of the best people music has ever known and will always 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.

Formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1960 as The Elgins, the Temptations have always featured at least five African American male vocalists/dancers.

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.

Having sold an estimated 22 million albums by 1982, The Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history and were the definitive male vocal group of the 1960s.

In addition, they have the second-longest tenure on Motown, 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 .

As of 2007, the Temptations continue to perform and record for Universal Records with only one original member, founder Otis Williams, in its lineup.

The original group included members of two local Detroit vocal groups: The Distants, which featured second tenor/baritone Otis Williams, first tenor Elbridge "Al" Bryant and bass Melvin Franklin; and first tenor/falsetto Eddie Kendricks and second tenor/baritone Paul Williams from The Primes.

Among the most notable future Temptations were lead singers David Ruffin and Dennis Edwards, Richard Street (another former Distant), Damon Harris, Ron Tyson, Ali-Ollie Woodson, Theo Peoples, and G.C.

Cameron.

Like its sister female group, the Supremes, the Temptations' lineup has changed frequently over the years.

Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and 14 Billboard R&B number-one singles.

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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