The Temptations (Motown soul vocal group)

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The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the group was highly influential to the evolution of R&B and soul music. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history. As of 2014, the Temptations continue to perform with one living original member, Otis Williams, still in the lineup.

Featuring five male vocalists and dancers (save for brief periods with less or more members), the group formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan under the name "The Elgins". The original founding members were originally members of two rival Detroit vocal groups: Otis Williams, Elbridge "Al" Bryant, and Melvin Franklin of Otis Williams & the Distants, and Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams of The Primes. In 1964, Bryant was replaced by David Ruffin, who was the lead vocalist on a number of the group's biggest hits, including "My Girl" (1964), "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (1966), and "I Wish It Would Rain" (1967). Ruffin was replaced in 1968 by Dennis Edwards, with whom the group continued to record hit records such as "Cloud Nine" (1968) and "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)" (1970). The group's lineup has changed frequently since the departures of Kendricks and Paul Williams from the act in 1971. Later members of the group have included singers such as Richard Street, Damon Harris, Ron Tyson, and Ali-Ollie Woodson, with whom the group scored a late-period hit in 1984 with "Treat Her Like a Lady".

Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and fourteen R&B number-one singles, and their material has earned them three Grammy Awards. The Temptations were the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award - for "Cloud Nine" in 1969 - and in 2013 received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Six of the Temptations (Edwards, Franklin, Kendricks, Ruffin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams) were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Three classic Temptations songs, "My Girl", "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)", and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The Temptations were also ranked at #68 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Meet The Temptations The Temptations 2
1965 The Temptations Sing Smokey The Temptations 2
1965 Temptin' Temptations The Temptations 2
1966 Gettin' Ready The Temptations 4
1967 With a Lot o' Soul The Temptations 3
1967 In a Mellow Mood The Temptations 1
1968 Wish It Would Rain The Temptations 1
1968 Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations 4 2
1969 Cloud Nine The Temptations 2
1969 Together Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations 1
1969 Puzzle People The Temptations 2
1970 Psychedelic Shack The Temptations 2
1970 The Temptations Christmas Card The Temptations 2
1971 Sky's the Limit The Temptations 1
1972 Solid Rock The Temptations 1
1972 All Directions The Temptations 3
1973 Masterpiece The Temptations 3
1973 1990 The Temptations 1
1975 A Song for You The Temptations 1
1976 Wings of Love The Temptations 1
1984 Truly for You The Temptations 2
1985 Touch Me The Temptations 1
1986 A Song for You / Masterpiece The Temptations 1
1986 Cloud Nine / Puzzle People The Temptations 1
1986 Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations / Together Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations 2
1986 Psychedelic Shack / All Directions The Temptations 4
1986 Wish It Would Rain / In a Mellow Mood The Temptations 2
1987 Together Again The Temptations 1
1989 Special The Temptations 1
1991 Live At The Copa The Temptations 1
1991 Milestone The Temptations 1
1995 Reunion The Temptations 1
1998 Phoenix Rising The Temptations 1
2000 Ear-Resistible The Temptations 1
2000 Live at the Copa / With a Lot O' Soul The Temptations 1
2000 Meet the Temptations / The Temptations Sing Smokey The Temptations 1
2004 Joined Together: The Complete Studio Duets Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations 1
2004 Legacy The Temptations 1
2004 Love Songs The Temptations 1
2006 Reflections The Temptations 1
2007 Back to Front The Temptations 1
2008 Sing The Temptations' Best The Temptations 1
2010 Still Here The Temptations 1
Awesome The Temptations 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Greatest Hits The Temptations 2
1970 Greatest Hits, Volume 2 The Temptations 1
1981 All The Million-Sellers The Temptations 5
1987 Great Songs and Performances That Inspired the Motown 25th Anniversary Television Special The Temptations 1
1987 Live at the Copa / With a Lot O' Soul The Temptations 1
1993 I'm Gonna Make You Love Me Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations 1

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