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, they were highly influential to R&B and soul music.

Known to always feature at least five male vocalists and dancers, the group formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan, under the name The Elgins. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history. As of 2013, the Temptations continue to perform and record for Universal Music Group with one living original member, Otis Williams, still in the lineup.

The original founding members of the group were Otis Williams, Elbridge "Al" Bryant, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, and Paul Williams. The members were from two former rival vocal groups, the Distants and the Primes. In 1964, Bryant was replaced by David Ruffin. Four years later, Ruffin was replaced by Dennis Edwards. In 1971, the lineup changed again when Kendricks and Paul Williams were replaced by Ricky Owens and Richard Street. The former replacement was soon replaced by Damon Harris. Like its "sister" group, The Supremes, the Temptations' lineup has changed frequently over the years.

Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and fourteen R&B number-one singles. Their material earned them three Grammy Awards. The Temptations were the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award and in 2013 the group 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 the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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
1988 Greatest Hits 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 Rating Releases
1966 Greatest Hits Compilation The Temptations 1
1970 Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Compilation The Temptations 1
1981 All The Million-Sellers Compilation The Temptations 5
1987 Great Songs and Performances That Inspired the Motown 25th Anniversary Television Special Compilation The Temptations 1
1987 Live at the Copa / With a Lot O' Soul Compilation The Temptations 1

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