The Temptations Schedule
Celebrated for their infectious Motown music and showy wardrobe, The Temptations made
their mark in history for their contributions to soul and R&B music. The Temptations gave other male R&B groups of
the era goals to attain, setting the standards high with their polished dance moves and sharp, tailored suits. They are best
known for their synchronized dance moves that overshadowed the often improvisational dance moves used by other performers
in previous decades. You can still catch this extraordinarily talented group on stage at high-profile venues like the Cape
Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts; The Pavilion at Ravinia in Highland Park, Illinois; Pikes Peak Center in Colorado
Springs, Colorado; Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California; and more! You can always check out The Temptations' full
concert schedule right here on StubHub!
The Temptations Background
Quintessential Motown musicians, The
Temptations, originally grew out of a pair of vocal harmony outfits based in Detroit - the Distants and the Primes. The Primes
lineup included Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks while the Distants was comprised of Melvin Franklin, Elbridge Bryant and
Otis Williams. After the Primes experienced a lineup shift, Williams and Kendricks were asked to be a part of the Distants.
The newly formed quintet flaunted their stuff in an audition for Berry Gordy. The Temptations immediately earned a record
contract. But even though they were able to score a record deal, they still had the hurdle of building their reputation. By
the close of 1963, The Temptations only had "(You're My) Dream Come True" on the R&B charts, which climbed to No. 22.
It was around that time that David Ruffin (singer) surfaced, taking Elbridge Bryant's place. With a gospel-style tenor and
a gruff voice complemented by a zealous stage show presence, Ruffin served as the ideal addition to the group's lineup. This
lineup remained intact from 1964-1968. The group gained momentum with "The Way You Do the Things You Do," which was written
by Smokey Robinson. By the mid-1960s, The Temptations dominated the Top 40 with smash hits like "Beauty's Only Skin Deep,"
"My Girl," "I Wish It Would Rain" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." In 1968, Ruffin split from the group to pursue a solo career.
Dennis Edwards stepped in. Edwards entrance corresponded with the advent of what has been described as the group's "psychedelic"
era. The Temptations took the direction of leaning toward more modern-day sounds comparable to the group, Sly and the Family
Stone. This period vaulted The Temptations' into fame with the release of a litany of hit singles like "I Can't Get Next to
You," "Cloud Nine," "Ball of Confusion" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." During the '70s, The Temptations churned out phenomenal
albums like Masterpiece (1973); A Song for You (1975); and The Temptations Do the Temptations (1976). Six years later, two
members who had previously left the band, Kendrick and Ruffin, returned to the lineup for the Reunion album along with a supporting
tour. As the years passed, The Temptations members experienced several tragedies with the loss of key members, including Ruffin
and Williams. But the group continues to soldier on with Otis Williams, one of the original founders of this famous group.
The Temptations Albums
Over three dozen of The Temptations' tracks landed in the Billboard Top 40, with four
of them climbing to No. 1. The group additionally produced a record 71 Top 40 tracks, with over a dozen of them scoring the
No. 1 spot. Their albums include: Meet the Temptations (1964); The Temptations Sing Smokey (1965); The Temptin' Temptations
(1965); Gettin' Ready (1966); The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul (1967); The Temptations in a Mellow Mood (1967); The Temptations
Wish It Would Rain (1968); Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations (with Diana Ross & The Supremes) (1968);
Cloud Nine (1968); Together (with Diana Ross & The Supremes) (1969); Puzzle People (1969); Psychedelic Shack (1970); The
Temptations Christmas Card (1970); Sky's the Limit (1971); Solid Rock (1972); All Directions (1972); Masterpiece (1973); 1990
(1973); A Song for You (1975); House Party (1975); Wings of Love (1975); The Temptations do The Temptations (1976); Hear to
Tempt You (1977); Bare Back (1978); Power (1980); Give Love at Christmas (1980); The Temptations (1981); Reunion (1982); Surface
Thrills (1983); Back to Basics (1983); Truly for You (1984); Touch Me (1985); To Be Continued (1986); Together Again (1987);
Special (1989); Milestone (1991); For Lovers Only (1995); Phoenix Rising (1998); Ear-Resistible (2000); Awesome (2001); Legacy
(2004); Reflections (2006); Back to Front (2007); and more!
The Temptations Trivia
Did you know that The
Temptations member, Paul Williams, and choreographer, Cholly Atkins, were responsible for developing the now-famous choreography
of The Temptations? The most recognized was "The Temptation Walk," which borrowed some moves from acts like the Vibrations
and the Flamingos. Atkins and Williams pulled together these moves and others to create the resulting trademark dance routine.
The Temptations Concert Experience
You might want to suit up along with The Temptations as they get ready to
take the stage at a venue near you! The Temptations' music has transcended decades, reaching countless generations of fans
all over the planet. With timeless classic hits like, "My Girl," "Can't Get Next to You," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and too
many others to name, The Temptations consistently deliver a memorable performance brimming with energy and hypnotic dance