For more than fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, and sold-out performances throughout the world.
Their history 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 guys into stars. An avalanche of hits followed, many of which…”My Girl,” for instance…attained immortality. “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby;,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is only Skin Deep,” “I Wish It Would Rain”…
Beyond the fabulous singing, The Temptations became known for smooth stepping and flawless presentations. When the sixties and seventies turned political, The Temps got serious. They changed their tone, dress and music. Their hits burned with intensity. “Runaway Child,” “Cloud Nine,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”, and “Psychedelic Shack” still smolder.
In the eighties, The Temps prevailed with smashes like “Treat Her Like A Lady.” In the following decades, the group continued to nail Grammies and attract legions of new fans. Today, the band aims to “live in the present while respecting the past.”
And so THE TEMPTATIONS go on…….and on…..and on……..