A Detroit soul group, the original Temptations was formed in 1960 with Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin and Elbridge Bryant, who was replaced by David Ruffin in 1964. With their tailored suits and polished choreography, the Temptations raised the bar for R&B groups.
With the British invasion sweeping the nation, the Temptations began their decades long string of pop hits with “The Way You Do The Things You Do” in 1964. A year later “My Girl” topped the Hit Parade with “My Girl.” In 1966, “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep” and “I Know I’m Loosing You” were million sellers. More gold in 1967 with “All I Need” and You’re My Everything.” Three more top five million sellers, “I Wish It would Rain,” “Cloud Nine” and I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” followed in 1968. A top five hit, “Run Away Child, Running Wild” started the year and #1 smash “I Can’t Get Next To You” topped the charts in 1969. Still two more gold singles in 1970, “Psychedelic Shack” and “Ball Of Confusion.” Among the more than fifty hit singles from the Tempations was another #1 hit, “Just My Imagination” in 1971 followed with another chart topper, “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” in 1972 and “Masterpiece” in 1973.
With three Grammy awards to their credit, in 2013 the group received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1999 they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and in 2009 the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
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