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The Temptations

55 years old
Detroit, Michigan
United States
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Otis Williams

Terry Weeks

Joe Herndon

Ron Tyson

Bruce Williamson

Former members

Elbridge "Al" Bryant

Melvin Franklin

Eddie Kendricks

Paul Williams

David Ruffin

Dennis Edwards

Ricky Owens

Damon Harris

Glenn Leonard

Louis Price

Ali-Ollie Woodson

Theo Peoples

Ray Davis

Harry McGilberry

Barrington "Bo" Henderson

Richard Street

G.C. Cameron

1964: Meet the Temptations

1965: The Temptations Sing Smokey

1965: The Temptin' Temptations

1966: Gettin' Ready

1966: Greatest Hits

1967: Temptations Live!

1967: The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul

1967: The Temptations in a Mellow Mood

1968: The Temptations Wish It Would Rain

1968: Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations (with Diana Ross & The Supremes)

1968: TCB (with Diana Ross & The Supremes)

1968: Live at the Copa

1969: Cloud Nine

1969: The Temptations Show

1969: Together (with Diana Ross & The Supremes)

1969: Puzzle People

1969: On Broadway (with Diana Ross & The Supremes)

1970: Psychedelic Shack

1970: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

1970: Live at London's Talk of the Town

1970: The Temptations Christmas Card

1971: Sky's the Limit

1972: Solid Rock

1972: All Directions

1973: Masterpiece

1973: The Temptations in Japan

1973: 1990

1975: A Song for You

1975: House Party

1975: Wings of Love

1976: The Temptations Do the Temptations

1978: Bare Back

1978: Hear To Tempt You

1980: Power

1980: Give Love At Christmas

1981: The Temptations

1982: Reunion

1983: Surface Thrills

1983: Back To Basics

1984: Truly for You

1985: Touch Me

1986: To Be Continued

1987: Together Again

1989: Special

1991: Milestone

1995: For Lovers Only

1998: Phoenix Rising

2000: Ear-Resistible

2001: Awesome

2004: Legacy

2006: Reflections

2007: Back To Front


"The Alan Titchmarsh Show" (1 episode, 2008)

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (1 episode, 2008)

The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (2006) (TV)

Mornings with Kerri-Anne (1 episode, 2004)

"Rachel Gunn, R.N." (1 episode, 2000)

Super Bowl XXXII (1998) (TV)

Wogan (1 episode, 1992)

"Ebony/Jet Showcase" (2 episodes, 1986-1992)

Lou Rawls Presents Black Gold Hits (1988) (TV)

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (2 episodes, 1986-1987)

"Moonlighting" (1 episode, 1986)

Motown on Showtime: Temptations and Four Tops (1986) (TV)

"Soul Train" (3 episodes, 1973-1985)

Super Night of Rock 'n' Roll (1984) (TV)

"The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" (1 episode, 1973)

The 14th Annual The Grammy Awards (1972) (TV)

"The Dean Martin Show" (1 episode, 1970)

The Ed Sullivan Show (3 episodes, 1969-1970)

"The Andy Williams Show" (1 episode, 1969)

G.I.T. on Broadway (1969) (TV)

"Music Scene" (1 episode, 1969)

"The Hollywood Palace" (2 episodes, 1968-1969)

"Where the Action Is" (1 episode, 1966)

"Thank Your Lucky Stars" (1 episode, 1965)

"Ready, Steady, Go!" (1 episode, 1965)

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Originally called the Elgins in 1961, later re-named the Temptations.

The 1966 hit song "Cloud Nine" was originally refused by Gladys Knight and the Pips due to its allusions to drugs.

An alcoholic, Paul Williams had been performing with the group but with Richard Street singing his parts from behind a curtain. He remained involved with the group after his official departure, but personal demons and debt drove him to despair. Two years later he was discovered slumped in his parked car just blocks from Motown, dead, presumably from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Temptations provided background vocals for Rick James’ “Super Freak hit song

on June 1, 1991 Ruffin, long plagued by drug addiction (he’d been convicted of cocaine possession in 1988 and entered drug rehab the following year), overdosed on cocaine after visiting a crack house. He lapsed into a coma and when doctors at a Philadelphia hospital failed to revive him, he was pronounced dead. He was 50. Michael Jackson paid for Ruffin’s funeral.

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