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.