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  Temptations - Classic Motown
Initially known as the Elgins, the quintet were renamed the Temptations by Berry Gordy when he signed them to Motown in 1961.
Norman Whitfield succeeded Robinson as the Temptations' producer in 1966 - a role he continued to occupy for almost a decade.
The Temptations were greeted as representatives of the counter-culture, a trend that climaxed when they recorded Whitfield's outspoken protest against the Vietnam War, 'Stop The War Now'.
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 .. THE TEMPTATIONS ..
The Temptations that made For Lovers Only in 1995 were far from the group that stormed the charts in the '60s and '70s--only baritone Otis Williams remained from the original lineup (he gets all of one lead vocal here), and they were still shaken by the recent death of founding bass man Melvin Franklin.
So they went back to first principles--the radiant close harmonies, each voice leaning on the others, that have been their secret weapon from the beginning--and beyond, to pop standards of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s.
The timeless, original Temptations are the hardest working group in show business, touring 350 days a year.
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  The Temptations - Music Downloads - Online   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Temptations' initial five-man lineup formed in Detroit in 1961 as a merger of two local vocal groups, the Primes and the Distants.
In the years that followed, the Temptations continued touring and recording, although by the 1990s they were essentially an oldies act; only Otis Williams, who published his autobiography in 1988, remained from the original lineup.
In 1998, the Temptations returned with Phoenix Rising; that same year, their story was also the subject of a well-received NBC television miniseries.
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  The Temptations - Biography - AOL Music
The Temptations' initial five-man lineup formed in Detroit in 1961 as a merger of two local vocal groups, the Primes and the Distants.
In the years that followed, the Temptations continued touring and recording, although by the 1990s they were essentially an oldies act; only Otis Williams, who published his autobiography in 1988, remained from the original lineup.
In 1998, the Temptations returned with Phoenix Rising; that same year, their story was also the subject of a well-received NBC television miniseries.
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  The Temptations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Temptations released two singles on Miracle, "Oh Mother of Mine" and "Check Yourself", before it was closed and merged with the Gordy label (to avoid confusion with The Miracles singing group).
The most famous of these, the "Temptation Walk", or "Temptation Strut", was adapted from similar moves by a 1950s act called The Flamingos and a 1960s act called The Vibrations.
The other four Temptations drew up legal documentation firing Ruffin from the group, and Dennis Edwards, formerly of The Contours, was brought in as the new lead singer.
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 The Temptations - MSN Encarta
The Temptations, popular American vocal group for the Motown Record Company and the premier soul group of the 1960s.
Formed in 1960 by five teenagers who had moved with their families from the South to Detroit, Michigan, the Temptations combined the intricate harmonies of the Northern urban groups with the raw abandon of Southern soul music (see Rhythm-and-Blues Music: Motown and Soul Music).
The Temptations were also supported by two brilliant songwriter-producers at Motown Studios, Smokey Robinson and Norman Whitfield.
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 My Girl (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Written and produced by Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, the song became the Temptations' first U.S. number-one single, and is today their signature song.
Robinson's inspiration for writing this song was his wife, Miracles member Claudette Rogers Robinson, and he originally intended to have his group record the song.
The group had included a medley of soul standards in the show, one of which, The Drifters' "Under the Boardwalk", was a solo spot for Ruffin.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/My_Girl_(song)   (598 words)

  
 The BIG Picture Review: THE TEMPTATIONS
Essentially, he is remembered as first and foremost, the organizer of the Temptations, and then as the mortar who held the group together through some very tumultuous times.
The Temptations also had 16 number-1 hits on the Billboard charts, won four Grammy awards and were inducted into the rock and roll Hall of Fame.
The '70s and '80s bring success to the group, but at a high personal cost to various members who succumbed to their own inner-demons of alcohol and drug abuse, splintered relationships within and outside the group and throughout various personal tragedies.
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 The Temptations Biography and Update at Soul Tracks
The Temptations are the most important soul group of the last half century.
By the time they landed at Motown with their first hit in 1964, Smokey Robinson’s “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” Bryant had been replaced by David Ruffin, and the most famous version of the group was in place.
The Temptations continued to chart at lower levels through the mid-70s, but Whitfield’s magic ultimately wore out, and a number of subsequent mediocre albums with Jeffrey Bowen and other Motown producers completed the group’s slide.
www.soultracks.com /temptations.htm   (1836 words)

  
 The Temptations   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Temptations' initial five-man line-up formed in Detroit in 1961 as a merger of two local vocal groups, the Primes and the Distants.
In the years that followed, the Temptations continued touring and recording, although by the 1990s they were essentially an oldies act; only Otis Williams, who published his autobiography in 1988, remained from the original line-up.
The intervening years were marked by tragedy: after touring in the late '80s with Eddie Kendricks and Dennis Edwards as a member of the "Tribute to the Temptations" package tour, David Ruffin died on June 1, 1991 after overdosing on cocaine; he was 50 years old.
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 The Temptations St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture - Find Articles
While many believe the Temptations to be the favorite soul singing group of all time, this assessment of the band's accomplishments is limited considering their substantial impact upon both the look and sound of popular music.
The Distants changed their name to the Temptations and by 1961 they were signed to a Motown subsidiary, Miracle.
In 1965 the Temptations scored big and gave the world what would become their signature song,; "My Girl." Another Robinson composition, "My Girl" was number one on both the pop and RandB charts.
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 The Temptations
Still, the Temptations had trouble establishing themselves in the beginning, and by the end of 1963 - much like the early story of the Supremes - they had only a string of non-charting singles to their credit.
Over the years, the Temptations suffered a series of tragic losses: the suicide of Paul Williams in 1971; the death of David Ruffin, after years of substance abuse, in 1991; Eddie Kendricks’; succumbing to lung cancer in 1992; and the loss of Melvin Franklin from complications following a brain seizure in 1995.
December 17, 1939: Eddie Kendrick of the Temptations is born.
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 The Temptations
The Temptations were initially formed from two Detroit-based vocal harmony groups: the Primes (a trio of relocated Alabamans that included Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams) and the Distants (a quintet whose members included Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin and Elbridge Bryant).
In the years that followed, the Temptations continued touring and recording, although by the 1990s they were essentially an oldies act; only Otis Williams, who published his autobiography in 1988, remained from the original line-up.
The Temptations will always be remembered as one of the most beloved groups ever to step up to the microphone.
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 The Temptations
For The Temptations themselves, it was a different landmark of sorts because it was their first big hit after the departure of Ruffin, who was replaced by Dennis Edwards.
The Temptations rarely wrote their own material, and in the late 1960s and early 1970s they became mouthpieces of sorts for Whitfield.
With the loss of Whitfield and a general lack of direction at Motown, The Temptations were unable to continue adapting to the commercial and artistic trends of the day.
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 The Temptations
The Temptations were the most consistently commercially successful and critically acclaimed male vocal group of the Sixties and early Seventies.
Otis Williams, the leader of the Temptations from day one, was born October 30, 1941 in Texarkana, Texas.
The Temptations were the end result of the merging of two groups in 1960.
www.history-of-rock.com /temptations.htm   (1050 words)

  
 The Temptations St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture - FindArticles
While many believe the Temptations to be the favorite soul singing group of all time, this assessment of the band's accomplishments is limited considering their substantial impact upon both the look and sound of popular music.
Known for their lush harmonies, smooth on-stage choreography, and a bold sense of fashion which made them immediately recognizable, the Temptations conquered pop,; rock,; RandB, and the soul music market during the course of a career that remains strong.
The Distants changed their name to the Temptations and by 1961 they were signed to a Motown subsidiary, Miracle.
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 The Temptations of Christ : Christian Courier
The Lord may have endured many temptations during the forty days, but the three temptations were the culminating, most intense testing, of Jesus’ wilderness solitude.
God sent his Son into a world of trials and temptation, which difficulties are a part of being in the flesh.
The temptation lay in the tendency for humanity to avoid the hard way, and for Christ the hard way was unbelievable suffering – both the physical torture for which he was marked, and the spiritual agony that he would endure in bearing the wrath of his Father because of our sins.
www.christiancourier.com /penpoints/temptationOfChrist.htm   (2043 words)

  
 Metroactive Music | Motown
IN THE SUMMER of 1968, when the news hit the streets that David Ruffin, the Temptations' co­lead singer, had been axed by the group, the neighborhood was abuzz with speculation.
Other homies muttered knowingly that the Temptations' "brown-eyed and handsome" man had developed a bad case of swollen ego, demanding that the group's long-standing democracy be overthrown.
And it was no mere coincidence that the Temptations' backing harmonies so effortlessly evoked the vast yet subtle range of emotions that romance--or its promise--elicits.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/07.11.96/motown-9628.html   (1120 words)

  
 THE TEMPTATIONS   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Temptations was one of the most successful groups in the history of fl music.
By the mid-1970s, however, the Temptations had fallen from prominence.
By the late 1990s, all of the original, hit-making Temptations had died, except for Otis Williams.
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 Blackflix.com: Reviews
At its best, The Temptations makes the innocence and exuberance of the '60s palpable, a time when any old group with a dream had a shot at stardom.
For all its rags-to-riches drama, The Temptations is at its best when the group is onstage, executing smooth moves and harmonies.
TEMPTATIONS' STORY HAS A POWERFUL BEAT, reprinted with permission from the Denver Rocky Mountain News, originally appeared 11-01-1998 in the Denver Rocky Mountain News.
www.blackflix.com /reviews/temptations.html   (635 words)

  
 THE TEMPTATIONS BIOGRAPHY..
For more than forty years, the Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world.
The history of the Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop.
Awesome, released in 2001 is The Temptations at their freshest, strongest, and most appealing.
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 The Temptations
The Temptations were Motown's top-selling male vocal group, racking up a ton of mid-60s hits, most of which were written by Smokey Robinson.
There's virtually nothing on the web about the Temptations, other than useless stuff like amateurish notices of their latest live appearances, and an uninformative obituary of Melvin Franklin, who died in March, 1995.
The Temptations' first post-Whitfield record turned out to be one of the best they ever cut.
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 Book The Temptations - Booking Agent Corporate Event, Private Party The Temptations Booking Agent
The Temptations' initial five-man line-up formed in Detroit in 1961 as a merger of two local vocal groups, the Primes and the Distants.
The Temptations' fortunes changed dramatically in 1964 when they recruited tenor David Ruffin to replace Bryant; after entering the studio with writer/producer Smokey Robinson, they emerged with the pop smash "The Way You Do the Things You Do," the first in a series of 37 career Top Ten hits.
While the Temptations 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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 The Temptations
These lyrical tracts were set to harsh, uncompromising rhythm tracks, seeped in wah-wah guitar and soaked in layers of harmony and counterpoint.
Whitfield's partnership with Strong was broken the same year, and although he continued to rework the 'Papa Was A Rolling Stone' formula, the commercial and artistic returns were smaller.
The Temptations still had hits, and 'Masterpiece', 'Let Your Hair Down' (both 1973) and 'Happy People' (1975) all topped the soul charts, but they were no longer a leading force in fl music.
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