The Temptations' story is an epic journey of courage, struggle, triumphs, setbacks, and ultimately, international superstardom. The genesis and magnitude of their greatness is one of the most extraordinary stories of the 20 th and 21 st Centuries. The Beginning. The nation is suffering from the loss of its president, the civil rights and feminist movements are in full swing, and the marches for equality and the freedom to vote are unraveling the thin threads holding the country together. The Temptations and other African American artists, stare down racism and discrimination on bus tours throughout the South during these turbulent times of civil unrest. It is the power of music, here and abroad, by artists, including the Temptations, that help raise the spirit of the country and uplift a nation desperately searching for common bonds and a glimmer of hope and humanity. When Motown hires Shelly Berger in mid to manage the Temptations and Supremes, as well as other artists, it marks a significant change in perceptions about growth opportunities for talent, as well as a sea change in the overall marketing direction for the Temptations.
The Temptations , American vocal group noted for their smooth harmonies and intricate choreography. The principal members of the group were Otis Williams original name Otis Miles; b. October 30, , Texarkana, Texas, U. July 2, , Birmingham, Alabama—d. October 12, , Montgomery , Alabama—d. December 17, , Union Springs, Alabama—d. January 18, , Meridian, Mississippi—d. June 1, , Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , and Dennis Edwards b.
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Otis Williams, the last surviving member of the Temptations' golden-era lineup, reflects on the group's unlikely longevity. George Theatre on a rainy night in May. The group performed sharply choreographed dances near the front of the stage, spinning and twirling with military precision; behind them, a piece horn section tooted and trilled with overwhelming power. At one point, one of the Temptations went fishing for compliments. The Temptations are currently experiencing yet another moment of resurgence.
One of the first times Otis Williams, the founder and last surviving original member of the Temptations, realized his music made an indelible impact on their fans occurred after he received a letter in the mail. Despite launching over a half-century ago, the Temptations and their legend has lately been enjoying fresh relevance. Williams, who grew up in Texas, packed up and moved to Michigan with his mother when he was 10 his parents separated shortly after Williams was born. Among that crew was Smokey Robinson, the young singer-songwriter who penned a track that would help rocket the group to superstardom.