The Four Tops & Temptations

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The Temptations

For more than fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, and sold-out performances throughout the world.

The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Barry Gordy, Motown machine, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn’t until 1964, however, that the Smokey Robinson written and produced “The Way You Do The Things You Do” turned the guys into stars.

An avalanche of hits followed, including .”My Girl,” for instance…attained immortality. “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is only Skin Deep,” “I Wish It Would Rain”…and the hits kept coming.

The classic lineup was Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. Beyond the fabulous singing, The Temps became known for their smooth stepping and flawless presentations. The Temptations Walk became a staple of American style, flair, and class.

Today’s Temptations:
Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs, Willie Greene Jr.

“The Temps have always been known for great lead singers” says original member Otis Williams. “Today we have four of the greatest leads in the proud history of the group.” They now include, the soaring voice of Philadelphia raised Ron Tyson, perhaps the best high tenor in the business along with Terry Weeks, a singing sensation from Alabama who so impressed Otis with an on the street performance, he brought him into The Temptations family.

They are joined by Larry Braggs who is passionate, powerful and a two-time Grammy-nominated artist. With a vocal range over three octaves, Larry has become one of the most electrifying entertainers on tour.

They are joined by Willie Greene, a Bass vocalists from Alabama. In the early-sixties Willie first saw The Temptations a child and knew he would be a Temptation forever. Throughout my career I’ve I had the honor, privilege and pleasure of recording and performing with Lyle Lovett, Dolly Parton, John Fogerty, George Harrison(The Beatles)….This opportunity to become a part of the “Great Temptation Legacy” is truly God’s greatest musical gift to me! I would like to thank Mr. Otis Williams for his tenacity in keeping the group together and granting me this opportunity!

The Four Tops

The Four Tops are a vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan who helped to define the city’s Motown sound of the 1960s. The group’s repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz, and show tunes.

Founded as the Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, performing from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel.

Their first hit “Baby I Need Your Loving” in 1964 made them stars. It was the beginning of decades of smash hits including, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch,” “Reach Out,” “Standing In The Shadows in Love,” “Bernadette,” “Ain’t No Woman,” “When She Was My Girl,” “It’s The Same Old Song” and the list goes on and on.

Like The Temptations, The Four Tops have earned numerous awards including The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall Of Fame. And both groups are among the most enduring and popular of all times. Their music is forever.

The Four Tops today include original member Abdul “Duke” Fakir, singer and songwriter, Alexander Morris of Detroit. Alexander is joined by Ronnie McNeir who replaced the legendary Levi Stubbs and Roquel Payton who is the son of original member Lawrence Payton.


 

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