Sunday, June 19, 2016
Where: The Paramount Theater
Cost: $49.50 / $44.50 / $39.50
For more than forty 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 Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, 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, many of which…”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”…the hits kept coming.
The current lineup consists of: Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson.
“The Temps have always been known for great lead singers”, says Williams. “Today we have three of the greatest leads in the proud history of the group.” The soaring voice of Ron Tyson, perhaps the best high tenor in the business. Terry Weeks, who grew up in Alabama and spent eight years in the Air Force before his makeshift audition for Otis on a Hollywood street corner. His smooth textures and tones, express an extraordinary full range of feelings. Newest member, Bruce Williamson started singing in a church choir at the ripe age of 5 years old and hasn’t stopped since. He has sung in everything from commercials to musical to the top showrooms in Las Vegas. Bruce was introduced to Otis by Ron Tyson.
“We’re about singing straight-up soul. It’s a style that will live on forever.”
And so THE TEMPTATIONS go on…….and on…..and on……..