Temptations celebrates a remarkable 60-year history
The single and taster from their 2022 album, Executive Produced by Temptations, the only surviving original member Dr. Otis williams, is available, HERE. Robinson brought in stellar studio musicians to perform on the ballad, including his longtime partner Dave garfield on keyboards, bassist Freddie washington and drummer Steve ferrone. And over the years, Robinson has delivered timeless Temptations classics such as “The Way You Do the Things You Do”, “My Girl”, “Since I Lost My Baby”, “Get Ready” and more, the duo marks the only time he and the Temptations have sung together, except for a recording of “The Christmas Song” in 1989.
“It’s wonderful to be together again. When The Tempts first met Smoke, we were teenagers, young black men in Detroit who had no idea that our partnership with Motown would produce ‘My Girl’, one of the greatest hits of all time, ”says Williams. “And our success together didn’t end there. We had hit after hit and soon after our music was heard all over the world. Now, 60 years later, when I’m 80, Smoke and I have come full circle. I never imagined that we would have the opportunity to go back to the studio and do it all again. ”
Smokey adds, “When Otis called me up and said, ‘Hey man, we’re doing a new album and we’d love you to do a song, it got me excited about working together again. That was it, that’s all it took. I started to write a new song for them, and I was very happy to do it, because it’s been a long time. When I showed up at the studio, Otis said, ‘Dude, I want you to sing on this one with us. ‘So I said,’ Oh, okay, I’m very excited about the song, let’s go! You know, it’s just great to work with them, always. ‘
The Temptations 60e The anniversary campaign was launched this summer and will continue June 2022, in a celebration worthy of one of the most revered and prolific musical institutions of all time. The one-year campaign includes the new album in 2022; a 50-city tour until the end of this year, with more global dates to be announced; remaster of their clips, including “Standing on the Top” with Rick james and their # 1 hit “Stay”; a new set of content; the reopening of the Imperial Theater on October 16e from the Broadway musical, Ain’t Too Proud: Life and Times of Temptations, based on that of Otis Williams personal trip that was nominated for 12 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical and won the Tony Award for Best Choreography at 73rd Tony Awards Ceremony at June 2019 and whose UMe casting album was GRAMMY®-appointed; and festive events along the way, including Otis williams 80e birthday on October 30e. Their Emmy® Award-winning mini-series, Temptations, which first received rave reviews in 1998, is still airing or streaming daily somewhere in the world. Williams’ critically acclaimed autobiography, Temptations, was recently first released as an audiobook edition, with a new introduction from Williams.
HISTORY OF TEMPTATIONS
Temptations are today one of the most iconic and best-selling brands in the entertainment world. With Otis williams, the founding member and sole survivor of The Temptations, their track record in historical music is breathtaking, their presence on multimedia platforms has never been stronger and their popularity continues to grow. More recently, in addition to their dozens of sampled tracks, their hit “Papa Was A Rollin ‘Stone” was used as the basis for Migos’ smash, “Avalanche”.
The Temptations were among the first African American musical artists to infiltrate America’s mainstream and appear on popular national TV shows, such as The Ed Sullivan Show, and Hollywood Palace in the 1960s. Pioneers, the band’s star power was so striking that these top-rated national shows, and many others, scheduled appearances for the Temptations multiple times in a single year. At the time, this was an unprecedented achievement for African American artists. Temptations helped change the face of prime-time television and forever fueled the growth of the performing arts and entertainment world for African American artists.
Temptations rank first among Billboard magazine’s most recent list of the greatest R & B / Hip-Hop artists of all time, and the group appears on the magazine’s list of the 125 greatest artists of all time. Rolling stone magazine commented that the Temptations are “Unquestionably the greatest black vocal group of the modern era …”, and listed the Anthology album among the 500 greatest albums of all time. The group won four GRAMMY® Award, including the very first Motown statuette, awarded to Tempts for “Cloud Nine” for best rhythm and blues performance by a duo or group, vocal or instrumental in 1969. The Tempts also received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, while their No.1 hits “My Girl” and “Papa Was A Rollin ‘Stone” are in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. The group has been inducted into Rock & Roll, National Rhythm & Blues Music, and Vocal Group Halls of Fame, and they have a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame. Throughout the group’s evolution, they’ve released countless gold, platinum, and multi-platinum chart hits, many of which are considered American masterpieces. They have 16 R&B # 1 albums, 44 Top 10 R&B hits, including 14 R&B # 1 singles, plus four # 1 Hot 100 singles.
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