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- The Funk & Soul Years - 1968http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02jhwjv.jpg2015-02-07T20:50:00ZCraig takes you back to 1968 for The Funk & Soul Years.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/d8df96ae-8fcf-4997-b3e6-e5d1aaf0f69e?clipfocus=p02jhwk7Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 13 mins
The Funk & Soul Years - 1968
- Otis Williams - Interview with Craig Charleshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cg01m.jpg2012-03-26T23:00:25ZOtis Williams, the only original member of The Temptations still performing with the band, hangs out with Craig to talk about his career and spin some tunes.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/d8df96ae-8fcf-4997-b3e6-e5d1aaf0f69e?clipfocus=p00qgz2vSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 8 mins
Otis Williams - Interview with Craig Charles
- Duke Fakir & Otis Williams - Interview with Simon Mayohttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cfq6v.jpg2012-03-15T00:00:36ZMotown legends Duke Fakir, of the Four Tops, and Otis Williams, of The Temptations, join Simon to talk about their groups' joint tour.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/d8df96ae-8fcf-4997-b3e6-e5d1aaf0f69e?clipfocus=p00q3jb1Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 15 mins
Duke Fakir & Otis Williams - Interview with Simon Mayo
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The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the group was highly influential to the evolution of R&B and soul music. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history. As of 2015[update], the Temptations continue to perform with one living original member, Otis Williams, still in the lineup.
Featuring five male vocalists and dancers (save for brief periods with less or more members), the group formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan under the name "The Elgins". The original founding members were originally members of two rival Detroit vocal groups: Otis Williams, Elbridge "Al" Bryant, and Melvin Franklin of Otis Williams & the Distants, and Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams of the Primes. In 1964, Bryant was replaced by David Ruffin, who was the lead vocalist on a number of the group's biggest hits, including "My Girl" (1964), "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (1966), and "I Wish It Would Rain" (1967). Ruffin was replaced in 1968 by Dennis Edwards, with whom the group continued to record hit records such as "Cloud Nine" (1969) and "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)" (1970). The group's lineup has changed frequently since the departures of Kendricks and Paul Williams from the act in 1971. Later members of the group have included singers such as Richard Street, Damon Harris, Ron Tyson, and Ali-Ollie Woodson, with whom the group scored a late-period hit in 1984 with "Treat Her Like a Lady".