Free piano sheet music from The Temptations
About The Temptations
"The Temptations" was one of the most acclaimed bands of all time. The group was formed in Detroit, Michigan, in the year 1960. They were originally named "The Elgins". The group's lineup consisted of Otis Williams, Elbridge "Al" Bryant, who was later replaced by David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams. However, the lineup was changed throughout the time.
In 1961, using the name of "The Elgins", they auditioned for Motown. Berry Gordy decided to sign with them but due to the existence of another band using the same name, they became "The Temptations". Their first charted single, "Dream Come True", reached number 22 on the R&B chart. In 1963 they began working with Smokey Robinson they released "The Way You Do The Things You Do", an 1964 single that reached top 20 on the charts.
Later that year, the band released "My Girl", which was to become their first number one hit and their signature song. After the enormous success of "My Girl" many other hits came in 1965: "Since I Lost My Baby", "My Baby" and "It’s Growing", all with Ruffin as a lead vocalist. In 1966, the band’s main producer became Norman Whitfield who engaged them into a brass-heavy soul sound in singles such as: "Ain’t Too Proud To Beg", "(I Know) I’m Losing You", "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" and many others.
During the period of 1964-1968, The Temptations gained international fame and started appearing in television shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show" or "The Hollywood Palace". They offered performances at the famous Copacabana, in New York City. In 1972, they released the magnum opus "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" which became very popular in clubs and won them a Grammy award for "Best R&B Performance By A Group" and one for the songwriting. After "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" came another hit "Masterpiece". In January 1975 came "A Song For You", which was a commercial success.
Throughout their career, The Temptations sold millions of albums, won three Grammy awards, one for "Lifetime Achievement", in 2013. The band topped the Billboard Hot 100 four times and the R&B for fourteen times. They are one of the most influential groups in soul and R&B music. In 1989 they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Some of their songs , "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", "My Girl" and "Just My Imagination (Running Away From Me)" are part of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. The Temptations are number 68 on Rolling Stone’s list "100 Greatest Artists Of All Time".
In 2014, the band still offers performances with one of the original members: Otis Williams.
|Members:||Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Joe Herndon, Terry Weeks and Bruce Williamson|
|Origin:||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|Genres:||R&B, soul, funk, doo-wop, rock and roll|
|Labels:||Warwick, Miracle, Gordy, Motown, Atlantic, New Door|
|Also known as:||The Elgins, The Pirates|