Temptations

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Motown’s biggest-selling and highest-profile male group of the 1960s, the Temptations were formed in 1961 from two rival doo-wop groups, the Primes and the Distants, both filled with deep-fried Southerners whose families had relocated to Detroit. Initial Motown records met with little success until the appointment of Smokey Robinson as the group’s writer-producer, and the recruitment of another Southerner, David Ruffin, as a third lead singer in 1964, after which the group began to rack up significant hits, including some of Motown’s best-loved singles.

Ruffin left the group in 1968, which for many fans signalled the end of their classic period; under the tutelage of writer-producer Norman Whitfield the group then moved into a harder-edged, funk-influenced “psychedelic soul” direction, featuring socially-conscious lyrical themes and lengthy instrumental passages. The new approach polarised audiences, but still won critical plaudits and scored big hits in the late Sixties and early Seventies. Having gone through several line-up changes, the group continues today under the guidance of original member Otis Williams.

Review Archive: The TEMPTATIONS (1961-65)

We have 28 reviews for the Temptations currently available here on Motown Junkies – see our archive for more details, or click a link below:

  1. Oh Mother Of Mine
  2. Romance Without Finance
  3. Check Yourself
  4. Your Wonderful Love
  5. (You’re My) Dream Come True
  6. Isn’t She Pretty
  7. Mind Over Matter (I’m Gonna Make You Mine) (as “The Pirates”)
  8. I’ll Love You Till I Die (as “The Pirates”)
  9. Paradise
  10. Slow Down Heart
  11. I Want A Love I Can See
  12. The Further You Look, The Less You See
  13. Farewell My Love
  14. May I Have This Dance
  15. The Way You Do The Things You Do
  16. Just Let Me Know
  17. I’ll Be In Trouble
  18. The Girl’s Alright With Me
  19. Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)
  20. Baby Baby I Need You
  21. My Girl
  22. (Talking ‘Bout) Nobody But My Baby
  23. It’s Growing
  24. What Love Has Joined Together
  25. Since I Lost My Baby
  26. You’ve Got To Earn It
  27. My Baby
  28. Don’t Look Back


4 thoughts on “Temptations”

  1. benjaminblue said:

    Help! The link to the 28 Temptations’ items goes to the Dee Mullins page.

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  2. I think that the most underrated Temptation lead singer was Theo Peoples. The has one of the best voices in R&B, and sang lead on the only Multi Platinum, Grammy nominated CD that the Temps have had in over 30 years.

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    • I agree. It was quite awhile before I learned that it was Theo who sang lead on “Stay” Second to Theo in being overlooked, OLLIE!

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