The Temptations – Biography
The Temptations were formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960. The original name was The Elgins which consisted of second tenor Otis Williams, first tenor Elbridge “Al” Bryant, bass Melvin Franklin, first tenor/falsetto Eddie Kendricks and second tenor/baritone Paul Williams. Later in their career, there were to be many changes in the line-up.
The Temptations have old tens of millions of albums worldwide, and they are one of the most successful groups in music history. Singing a repertoire of R&B, doo-wop, funk, disco, soul, and adult contemporary music has included, during its five-decade career The Temptations were best known for their recognizable choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy onstage suits.
Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and 14 Billboard R&B number-one singles. Their material has earned them three Grammy Awards, while two more awards were conferred upon the songwriters and producers who crafted their 1972 hit “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”.
The Temptations were the first Motown act to earn a Grammy Award. Six Temptations (Dennis Edwards, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Otis Williams, and Paul Williams) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Three classic Temptations songs, “My Girl”, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”, and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Rol