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The Temptations to be honored at R&B Hall of Fame Ceremony
Keith A. Owens
The 5th Annual Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert will be held in Detroit on Sunday, June, 11, 2017. This year, the legendary Temptations will be honored by the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame by awarding them the R&B Male Group of the 20th Century Award. Though the Temptations were inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in 2013, this award is designed to honor the group’s members who contributed to The Temptation’s initial success, with special mentions going to David Ruffin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Dennis Edwards and Elbridge “Al” Bryant.
“The Temptations still stand today, not in spite of those who left us, but because of them”.
OTIS WILLIAMS, FOUNDING MEMBER
Thanks to their finely crafted choreography and smooth, soulful harmonies, The Temptations became synonymous with the premiere male vocal groups of the 1960s Motown juggernaut.
After years of toiling away without any significant traction, their fortunes changed tremendously with the addition of David Ruffin. In 1964 after entering the studio with writer/producer Smokey Robinson, they recorded the hit single “The Way You Do the Things You Do“. Once again with Robinson leading the charge, they returned to the studio in 1965 and emerged with their signature song, “My Girl“, a number one pop and R&B hit; other Top 20 hits that year included “It’s Growing“, “Since I Lost My Baby“, “Don’t Look Back” and “My Baby“. During the course of their long storied career, The Temptations had 37 Top Ten hits. And the rest, as they say, is musical history.
The Dramatics featuring Willie Ford will be doing a musical tribute to The Temptations. The family members of The Temptations will all be in attendance.