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The Temptations

April 3rd, 2007

1960 in Detroit, MI


Years Active:
'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s


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The Temptations


Thanks to their fine-tuned choreography — and even finer harmonies — the Temptations became the definitive male vocal group of the 1960s; one of Motown's most elastic acts, they tackled both lush pop and politically charged funk with equal flair, and weathered a steady stream of changes in personnel and consumer tastes with rare dignity and grace. The Temptations' initial five-man lineup formed in Detroit in 1961 as a merger of two local vocal groups, the Primes and the Distants. Baritone Otis Williams, Elbridge (aka El, or Al) Bryant, and bass vocalist Melvin Franklin were longtime veterans of the Detroit music scene when they joined together in the Distants, who in 1959 recorded the single "Come On" for the local Northern label. Around the same time, the Primes, a trio comprised of tenor Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams (no relation to Otis), and Kell Osborne, relocated to the Motor City from their native Alabama; they quickly found success locally, and their manager even put together a girl group counterpart dubbed the Primettes. (Later, three of the Primettes — Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard — formed the Supremes).

Top Albums

Number 1's: The Temptations, The Temptations
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My Girl: The Very Best of the Temptations, The Temptations
2. My Girl: The..
Give Love at Christmas, The Temptations
3. Give Love at..
Anthology Series: The Best of the Temptations, The Temptations
4. Anthology Se..
Best of the Temptations Christmas, The Temptations
5. Best of the ..
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Temptations, Vol.1 - The '60s, The Temptations
6. 20th Century..
The Complete Collection: The Temptations, The Temptations
7. The Complete..
Psychedelic Soul, The Temptations
8. Psychedelic ..
Phoenix Rising, The Temptations
9. Phoenix Risi..
20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of The Temptations, The Temptations
10. 20th Century..
In a Mellow Mood, The Temptations
11. In a Mellow ..
Gold, The Temptations
12. Gold
The Definitive Collection: The Temptations, The Temptations
13. The Definiti..
The Temptations: For Lovers Only, The Temptations
14. The Temptati..
Together - The Temptations / The Four Tops, The Four Tops
15. Together - T..
Wish It Would Rain, The Temptations
16. Wish It Woul..
The Temptations Sing Smokey (1998 Reissue), The Temptations
17. The Temptati..
Christmas Card, The Temptations
18. Christmas Ca..
Reflections, The Temptations
19. Reflections
The Temptations: Love Songs, The Temptations
20. The Temptati..

Top Songs

My GirlMy Girl: The Very Best of t..2:44$1.29
Ain't Too Proud to BegAnthology Series: The Best ..2:34$1.29
Just My Imagination (Running Away wi..My Girl: The Very Best of t..3:48$1.29
Way You Do the Things You DoMy Girl: The Very Best of t..2:41$1.29
I Wish it Would RainMy Girl: The Very Best of t..2:47$1.29
My GirlNumber 1's: The Temptat..2:55$1.29
Get ReadyNumber 1's: The Temptat..2:37$0.99
Ain't Too Proud to BegNumber 1's: The Temptat..2:31$1.29
Just My Imagination (Running Away Wi..Number 1's: The Temptat..3:47$1.29
Papa Was a Rollin' Stone20th Century Masters - The ..6:57$0.99
Get ReadyMy Girl: The Very Best of t..2:39$0.99
Papa Was a Rolling Stone (Single Ver..Motown Classics Gold6:58$0.99
I Can't Get Next to YouNumber 1's: The Temptat..2:52$1.29
Ain't Too Proud to BegMy Girl: The Very Best of t..2:33$1.29
Papa Was a Rollin' StoneNumber 1's: The Temptat..6:58$0.99
Way You Do the Things You DoNumber 1's: The Temptat..2:40$1.29
Ain't Too Proud to Beg (Stereo)Motown 1's2:31$1.29
Treat Her Like a LadyMy Girl: The Very Best of t..4:16$1.29
Since I Lost My BabyMy Girl: The Very Best of t..2:51$1.29
My Girl (2003 Stereo Mix)Motown 1's2:55$1.29
I Wish It Would RainNumber 1's: The Temptat..2:46$1.29
Just My ImaginationTogether - The Temptations ..3:49$0.99
I'm Gonna Make You Love MeNumber 1's: The Temptat..3:07$1.29
My GirlAnthology Series: The Best ..2:56$1.29
(I Know) I'm Losing YouNumber 1's: The Temptat..2:27$1.29

Top Music Videos

Just My Imagination (Ed Sullivan Show Live/1971), The Temptations
1. Just My Imagin..
(I Know) I'm Losing You (Ed Sullivan Show Live 1967), The Temptations
2. (I Know) I'm L..
I Can't Get Next to You (Ed Sullivan Show Live 1969), The Temptations
3. I Can't Get Ne..
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (Ed Sullivan Show / Live 1969), The Temptations
4. I'm Gonna Make..
Get Ready (Ed Sullivan Show Live / 1971), The Temptations
5. Get Ready (Ed ..
Psychedelic Shack (Ed Sullivan Show Live 1970), The Temptations
6. Psychedelic Sh..
Runaway Child, Running Wild (Ed Sullivan Show Live 1969), The Temptations
7. Runaway Child,..
Don't Look Back (Ed Sullivan Show Live 1967), The Temptations
8. Don't Look Bac..
You've Made Me So Very Happy (Ed Sullivan Show Live 1970), The Temptations
9. You've Made Me..


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