The Temptations (Motown soul vocal group)

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The Temptations are an American vocal group who released a series of successful singles and albums with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Their work with producer Norman Whitfield, beginning with the Top 10 hit single "Cloud Nine" in October 1968, pioneered psychedelic soul, and was significant in the evolution of R&B and soul music. The band members are known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and dress style. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are among the most successful groups in popular music.

Featuring five male vocalists and dancers (save for brief periods with fewer or more members), the group formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan under the name The Elgins. The founding members came from 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" (1969) 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 released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and fourteen R&B number-one singles. Their music has earned 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 into 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 ranked at number 68 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time.

As of 2018, the Temptations continue to perform with founder Otis Williams in the lineup (Williams owns rights to the Temptations name).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Heart & Soul Various Artists 1
2014 Now That's What I Call Love Various Artists 1
2014 Les Hits 1968 : Salut les copains Various Artists 1
2014 Funky Collector (Maxi Club 8) Various Artists 1
2014 Funky Collector (Maxi Club 7) Various Artists 1
2014 Road Trip: 60 Essential Driving Songs Various Artists 1
2014 Suggs Selection Various Artists 1
2014 John Morales Presents Club Motown Various Artists 1
2014 60 Jahre Rock - Pop Vol. 1 Various Artists 1
2014 Lieblings… 70er Various Artists 1
2014 Motown Christmas Various Artists 1
2014 Jackie: The Party Album Various Artists 1
2014 De Zwarte Lijst, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2014 Les Hits 1967 : Salut les copains Various Artists 1
2014 Northern Soul All Nighter Various Artists 1
2014 Roots of Soul 1928-1962 Various Artists 1
2014 The Ultimate Collection: Driving Songs Various Artists 1
2015 80s Groove: The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1
2015 From Motown With Love Various Artists 1
2015 Move On Up: The Very Best of Northern Soul Various Artists 1
2015 Let's Dance: Das Tanzalbum 2015 Various Artists 1
2015 Funk Various Artists 1
2015 Downtown Funk Various Artists 2
2015 Romancing the 60s Various Artists 1
2015 20 #1’s: Classic R&B Hits Various Artists 1
2015 Our Generation Various Artists 1
2015 Craig Charles Funk & Soul Classics Various Artists 2
2015 The Nation’s Favourite Soul Various Artists 1
2015 Len Goodman’s Ballroom Bonanza Various Artists 1
2015 80 Hits - Années 60 Various Artists 1
2015 80 Hits : Années 70 Various Artists 1
2015 Classic Motown Various Artists 1
2015 Dreamboats & Miniskirts: Those Were the Days Various Artists 1
2015 Media Markt: Best of 70s Various Artists 1
2015 Now 25 Top Hits: Best of Motown Various Artists 1
2015 Teenage Wasteland: 16 Early Fave Raves of the President Toomas Hendrik Ilves 1
2016 Classic Love Various Artists 1
2016 Move On Up, Volume Two: The Very Best of Northern Soul Various Artists 1
2016 Anthems: Soul Classics Various Artists 2
2016 The Many Faces of Prince Various Artists 1
2016 Memories & Golden Hits Various Artists 1
2016 Feeling ’70s Various Artists 1
2016 Trevor Nelson Club Classics Various Artists 1
2016 NOW That’s What I Call 70s Various Artists 1
2016 More Songs for the Season from us to you Various Artists 1
2016 V&A: Records & Rebels Various Artists 1
2017 SmoothFM Countdown Favourites Various Artists 1
2017 Grand 12‐Inches 15 Ben Liebrand 1
2017 Summer of Love: The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1
2017 La Soul C'était Mieux Avant Various Artists 1
2017 Soul Brothers Remixed compiled by Don Mescal Speakeasy Electro Swing 1
2017 Soul Classics: The Ultimate Soul Classics Various Artists 1
2017 Feel the Funk Various Artists 1
2017 Now That’s What I Call Merry Christmas Various Artists 1
2017 101 Christmas Various Artists 1
2017 Die Hit Giganten: Best of Funk & Soul Various Artists 1
2018 60s Jukebox: The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1
2018 Free Edits The Reflex 1
2018 Ultimate Love Various Artists 1
2018 101 Jukebox Classics Various Artists 1
2018 101 Long Hot Summer Various Artists 1
2018 Now That’s What I Call Love Songs Various Artists 1
2018 101 Northern Soul Various Artists 1
’60s Music Revolution Various Artists 1
3 en Línea Vol. 2 Various Artists 1
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of 20th Century Various Artists 1
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Motown 1970s, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
35 Years of Rock and Roll Various Artists 1
50 Hits of the Sixties, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
50 Hits of the Sixties, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
80s Movie Hits Various Artists 1
101 Number One Hit Records Various Artists 1
1960's Christmas Various Artists 1
1960's R&B Classics Various Artists 1
1962-1965 Various Artists 1
A Christmas Present From Motown Various Artists 1
A Motown Christmas Carol Various Artists 1
A Rockin' Christmas Various Artists 1
A Soulful Oldies Christmas (K Earth 101 FM) Various Artists 1
Advertisement Song Various Artists 1
American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MTV Various Artists 1
BBC Radio 2: More Songs of the Century Various Artists 1
Best of the 80's Various Artists 1
Billboard Top R&B Hits: 1965 Various Artists 1
Billboard Top R&B Hits: 1973 Various Artists 1
Billboard's #1 Soul Hits Various Artists 2
Black & Blue Various Artists 1
Black Magic - Move Your Body, Volume Two Various Artists 1
Check Check Special Selection 1967 Various Artists 1
Christmas Hits Various Artists 1
Christmas Time With Motown Various Artists 1
Classic 60s Love Songs Various Artists 1
Classic 60s Mid 60s Various Artists 1
Classic Cuts Presents: The Soul Box Various Artists 1
Classic Songs of the Motown Era, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Classic Songs of the Motown Era, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Classic Soul 2 Various Artists 1
Classic Soul Ballads: In the Heart Various Artists 1
Classic Soul Ballads: One Heartbeat Various Artists 1
Coletânea Som Livre – Anos 60 Various Artists 1

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