The Temptations

The Temptations

One of Motown’s most successful all-male groups, The Temptations, formed in 1960. The group still perform today with Otis Williams, the only living original member. We’re taking a look at some not-so-well-known facts about the group.


  • The Temptations originally belonged to 2 rival vocal groups from Detroit named ‘The Distants’ and ‘The Primes’.


  • The Temptations have released 4 Billboard Hot 100 number 1’s and 14 R&B number 1’s.


  • The Temptations’ first top 20 hit, “The Way You Do The Things You Do”, was written by Smokey Robinson and his band mate Bobby Rogers.


  • They have won 3 GRAMMYs.


  • The Temptations originally called themselves ‘The Elgins’ but they had to discard the name when Berry Gordy discovered that another group was already using it.


  • Smokey Robinson also penned the Temptations’ first number one hit, ‘My Girl’ with band mate Ronnie White in 1965.


  • The Temptations member, Terry Weeks, spent 8 years in the Air Force before joining the group.


  • In 1998, a TV mini-series was produced based on Otis Williams’ Temptations autobiography, entitled The Temptations. It covered the band’s history from 1958-1995 and was later nominated for 5 Emmy Awards and won for Best Direction.


  • The Temptations, along with The Four Tops, will be performing in the UK October 20-30, 2016.


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