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The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards

Thanks to their fine-tuned choreography -- and even finer harmonies -- the Temptations became the definitive male vocal group of the 1960s; one of Motown's most elastic acts, they tackled both lush pop and politically-charged funk with equal flair, and weathered a steady stream of changes in personnel and consumer tastes with rare dignity and grace.

The Temptations were initially formed from two Detroit-based vocal harmony groups: the Primes (a trio of relocated Alabamans that included Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams) and the Distants (a quintet whose members included Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin and Elbridge Bryant). When the latter group lost its other members, Kendricks and Williams were invited to join the Distants, and the reconstituted quintet auditioned for Berry Gordy.

Not only were they signed to Motown, but after a couple of singles on its Miracle affiliate, a new label imprint (Gordy) was created with them in mind. Still, the Temptations had trouble establishing themselves in the beginning, and by the end of 1963 - much like the early story of the Supremes - they had only a string of non-charting singles to their credit. Then singer David Ruffin entered the picture. Replacing Elbridge Bryant, Ruffin brought a raspy, gospel-style tenor and fervent showmanship to the Temptations, serving as a perfect complement to the group's vocal blend, which included Kendricks' high tenor, Otis Williams' middle tenor, Paul Williams' baritone and Melvin Franklin's deep bass voice. They liked to refer to themselves as "five lead vocalists."

This was the Temptations' classic lineup, lasting from 1964 to 1968. Their career upturn began with the Top Twenty success of the Smokey Robinson-penned "The Way You Do the Things You Do" in early '64, the first in a series of 37 career Top Ten hits. Both Robinson and Whitfield vied to supply the group with hit material. Backed by Motown's peerless studio band, a veritable in-house orchestra dubbed the Funk Brothers, the Temptations ruled the Top Forty at mid-decade with such milestones of Motown soul as "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "Beauty's Only Skin Deep," "(I Know) I'm Losing You," and "I Wish It Would Rain."

After Ruffin failed to appear at a 1968 live performance, the other four Tempts fired him; he was replaced by ex-Contour Dennis Edwards, who could later look back on his lengthy tenure with the Temptations - which lasted through various comings and goings for 20 years - and note that he sang lead on more hits than Ruffin and Kendricks combined.

Edwards' arrival coincided with the onset of the Temptations' "psychedelic" period, a turn toward more contemporary sounds and incisive subject matter inspired by the likes of Sly and the Family Stone. This inaugurated the most successful run of singles in the Temptations' long career. During the years 1968-72, the group - under the continuing direction of songwriter/producer Norman Whitfield - turned out a dizzying array of timely, funky relevant hits, including "Cloud Nine," "Runaway Child, Running Wild," "I Can't Get Next to You," "Psychedelic Shack," "Ball of Confusion" and their masterpiece of social realism and ensemble vocals, "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." Amid this onslaught of psychedelic soul, the Temptations also cut "Just My Imagination," a velvety, Kendrick-sung ballad that harked back to the days of "My Girl" and returned them to the top of the charts in 1971.

Kendrick left shortly thereafter to embark on a solo career, striking paydirt on his own with "Boogie People" and "Keep On Truckin'." One new member who came on-board in 1971 was Richard Street, who had belonged to the Distants.

During the Seventies, in the spirit of that album-oriented era, the Temptations recorded some of their strongest and most cohesive long players, including Masterpiece (1973), A Song for You (1975) and The Temptations Do the Temptations (1976).

In 1982, Ruffin and Kendrick rejoined the Temptations for the Reunion album and a wildly successful reunion tour. In May 1983, the Temptations' vocal duel with the Four Tops served as a highlight of Motown's 25th anniversary TV special.

In the years that followed, the Temptations continued touring and recording, although by the 1990s they were essentially an oldies act; only Otis Williams, who published his autobiography in 1988, remained from the original line-up. The intervening years were marked by tragedy.

After touring in the late '80s with Eddie Kendricks and Dennis Edwards as a member of the "Tribute to the Temptations" package tour, David Ruffin died on June 1, 1991 after overdosing on cocaine; he was 50 years old. On October 5, 1992, Kendricks died at the age of 52 of lung cancer, and on February 23, 1995, 52-year-old Melvin Franklin passed away after suffering a brain seizure.

In 1998, the Temptations returned with "Phoenix Rising"; that same year, their story was also the subject of a well-received NBC television miniseries.

As a testament to its staying power, the band has been the focus of seemingly endless anthologies. But the mid-1960s, the focus on the album "Lost and Found: You've Got to Earn It (1962-1968)", released in the summer of 1999, marks the group's most prolific stage.

Today, the Temptations are still on the road the line-up of Otis Williams, first/second tenor; Ron Tyson, first tenor; Barrington Henderson, baritone; Terry Weeks, first/second tenor and baritone; and Harry McGillberry, bass, hold the circle of time in their hands and hearts as they hold the microphones in the name of one of the most beloved groups of men ever to step up into history's footsteps.


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