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
1994 Motown Legends, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Motown Magic: The Ultimate Hits Collection Various Artists 1
1994 Radio City Classic Hits: The 70's Various Artists 1
1994 Slow Jams: The 60's, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Superfunk Various Artists 1
1994 Sweet Soul Harmonies Various Artists 1
1994 The Coolest Christmas Various Artists 1
1994 The Movies Greatest Love Songs Various Artists 1
1994 The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues Various Artists 1
1994 The Vorspiel Collection 2 Various Artists 1
1994 The Wonder Years Various Artists 1
1994 World Hits 1971 Various Artists 1
1994 World Hits 1972 Various Artists 1
1995 A Tribute to Berry Gordy - The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown Various Artists 1
1995 The Best Funk Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 1
1995 A Motown Christmas Gift Various Artists 1
1995 Palo Palo, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1995 Motown Year by Year: The Sound of Young America, 1987 Various Artists 1
1995 Motown Year by Year: The Sound of Young America, 1969 Various Artists 1
1995 Anthology: The Best of Diana Ross & The Supremes Diana Ross & The Supremes 3
1995 The Love Album II Various Artists 1
1995 Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Various Artists 1
1995 Billboard Hot R&B Hits: 1985 Various Artists 1
1995 12 Great Artists 12 Great Songs Various Artists 1
1995 AM Gold: 1965 Various Artists 1
1995 AM Gold: 1968 Various Artists 1
1995 AM Gold: 1969 Various Artists 1
1995 AM Gold: 1971 Various Artists 1
1995 AM Gold: Mid-'60s Classics Various Artists 1
1995 AM Gold: The Late '60s Various Artists 1
1995 Baddest Love Jams, Volume 1: Quiet Storm Various Artists 1
1995 Best of Original Favourites Various Artists 1
1995 Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1965 Various Artists 1
1995 Christmas Wonderland Various Artists 1
1995 Funky Dance Grooves, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1995 Motown Legends: Guy Groups Various Artists 1
1995 Motown Love Songs Various Artists 1
1995 Motown Milestones in Music Various Artists 1
1995 Motown Year by Year: The Sound of Young America 1980 Various Artists 1
1995 Motown Year by Year: The Sound of Young America, 1982 Various Artists 1
1995 Motown: The Hits Collection, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1995 Nighthawk, Volume 2: Wer fühlen will muss hören Various Artists 1
1995 Party Collection, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1995 Rare Tracks From Detroit, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1995 Rock Christmas: Best Of Various Artists 1
1995 The 70’s: 1972: Back in the Groove Various Artists 1
1995 The Heart of Soul Various Artists 1
1995 The No.1 Classic Soul Album Various Artists 1
1995 The Ultimate Soul Collection Various Artists 1
1995 Tijdloze honderd, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1995 Totally 70's Various Artists 1
1996 Soul Classics Quiet Storm the 60's Various Artists 1
1996 Best Sellers of the 60s, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1996 Magic Soul Various Artists 2
1996 Shades of Soul Various Artists 1
1996 The Early Classics Sampler Various Artists 1
1996 Body & Soul: The Best of Black Music, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
1996 38 soulklassiker 1960-69 Various Artists 1
1996 100% Jukebox Various Artists 1
1996 A Flintstone Motown Christmas Various Artists 1
1996 Body Talk: The Language of Love 1965-1995: Hearts in Motion Various Artists 1
1996 Class Reunion '71 Various Artists 1
1996 Golden Hit Memories: Die großen Hits der 60er Various Artists 1
1996 It Takes Two Various Artists 1
1996 Living in America: American Superhits Various Artists 1
1996 Living in America: American Superstars Various Artists 1
1996 Love at the Movies... The Album Various Artists 1
1996 Magic Soul 2 Various Artists 1
1996 No. 1 Hits Various Artists 1
1996 Rhythm of the Night: The Greatest Dance & Soul Hits From Motown Various Artists 1
1996 Slow Jams Christmas Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1996 Solid Gold Soul 1969 Various Artists 1
1996 Solid Gold Soul 1970 Various Artists 1
1996 Solid Gold Soul 1971 Various Artists 1
1996 The Best of American Music: The Limited Presents Motown Various Artists 1
1996 The No. 1 Classic Soul Album Various Artists 1
1996 The Soul Of Blues Vol. 2 Various Artists 1
1997 Blaxploitation: The Sequel Various Artists 1
1997 Simply the Best: Classic Soul Various Artists 1
1997 Double 70 Various Artists 1
1997 Soul Survivors: 40 Northern Soul Anthems Various Artists 1
1997 Soul Moods Various Artists 1
1997 Beg, Scream & Shout! The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul Various Artists 1
1997 This Is Northern Soul! The Motown Sound, Volume 1 Various Artists 4
1997 The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross & The Supremes 4 3
1997 Motown Chartbusters, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1997 Motown Chartbusters, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1997 Motown Chartbusters, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1997 Motown Chartbusters, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1997 Motown Chartbusters, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
1997 50 Disco, Reggae, Soul & Blues Greatest Various Artists 1
1997 1971 - Die Stars - Die Hits - Die Facts Various Artists 1
1997 1974 - Die Stars - Die Hits - Die Facts Various Artists 1
1997 Blaxploitation, Volume 3: The Payback Various Artists 2
1997 Dick Clark’s Rock ’n’ Roll Christmas Various Artists 1
1997 Disco Top 100, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1997 Heartbeat: Love Me Tender Various Artists 1
1997 hr3: 0-1-3-8/6000: Die Party Hits Various Artists 1
1997 In the Midnight Hour Various Artists 1
1997 Mega Rock’n’Roll Various Artists 2

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