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Jimmy Ruffin: Rest In Peace


Legendary Motown singer, and brother of the late great, David Ruffin has passed away  at the age of 78, Wednesday morning from a long illness, he died in Las Vegas NV, Wednesday says a close family member, details about the upcoming funeral arraignments have yet to be announced.

The Temptations: This Day In Music




48 years ago today, “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep” was a US R&B no.1 for

The Temptations: 45th Anniversary!



Today we’re celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Temptations‘ #1 hit “I Can’t Get Next to You.”

The Temptations:Motown Monday


Meet the Temptations:50th Anniversary!



Meet the Temptations is the 1964 debut album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label. It includes most of the group’s early singles, excluding only the first, “Oh Mother of Mine”, and its b-side, “Romance Without Finance” (later included on a CD reissue of the LP); as well as the single “Mind Over Matter” (and its b-side “I’ll Love You Till I Die”), in which the group is credited as The Pirates. The album consists entirely of previously released singles, including the group’s first hit single, “The Way You Do the Things You Do”.

The lineup on the cover features Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, and newest Temptation Davis (later David) Ruffin. Ruffin had just joined the act three months before this album was released, and actually only appears on “The Way You Do The Things You Do”. The other tracks all feature original Temptation Elbridge “Al” Bryant, who was fired from the group in December 1963.

Again, excepting the hit single, these tracks all date from the Temptations’ slow-selling starting period (during which some Motown staffers referred to them as the “hitless Temptations”). Despite local success in Detroit and the midwest, the Temptations released six singles that missed the Top 100 Pop & R&B charts, and one, “Dream Come True”, which made it to #22 on the R&B singles chart. Most of these songs feature Paul Williams as (main) lead, while Kendricks, Bryant, Franklin, and Otis Williams were given plenty of lead lines, ad-libs and harmony vocals heard throughout the album. Kendricks was also given a small handful of songs to lead as well, including the two charting singles.

The album was originally issued only in monaural sound. A stereo remix of the album was issued along with the original mono version in 1966. The bonus tracks were added to the album in 1999.

Track listing
Side one
“The Way You Do the Things You Do” (Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers)
“I Want a Love I Can See” (Robinson)
“(You’re My) Dream Come True” (Berry Gordy, Jr.)
“Paradise” (Gordy)
“May I Have This Dance” (Janie Bradford, Norman Whitfield)
“Isn’t She Pretty” (Gordy, Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams)

Side two
“Just Let Me Know” (Gordy)
“Your Wonderful Love” (Gordy)
“The Further You Look, the Less You See” (Robinson, Whitfield)
“Check Yourself” (Elbridge Bryant, David English, Gordy, Williams)
“Slow Down Heart” (Robinson)
“Farewell My Love” (Gordy)

1999 CD reissue bonus tracks
“Oh, Mother of Mine” (William “Mickey” Stevenson, Williams)
“Romance Without Finance” (Stevenson, Kendricks)

Eddie Kendricks: vocals (tenor/falsetto)
Paul Williams: vocals (tenor/baritone)
Melvin Franklin: vocals (bass)
Otis Williams: vocals (tenor/baritone)
Elbridge “Al” Bryant: vocals (tenor/falsetto) (all tracks except “The Way You Do the Things You Do”)
Davis “David” Ruffin: vocals (tenor/falsetto) (“The Way You Do the Things You Do”)
Eddie Holland: background vocals (“Check Yourself”)
Brian Holland: background vocals (“Check Yourself”)

Berry Gordy: “Dream Come True”, “Paradise”, “May I Have This Dance”, “Isn’t She Pretty”, “Just Let Me Know”, “Your Wonderful Love”, “Check Yourself”, “Farewell My Love”, Executive Producer (Album)
Smokey Robinson: “The Way You Do the Things You Do”, “I Want a Love I Can See”, “May I Have This Dance”, “Just Let Me Know”, “The Further You Look, the Less You See”, “Slow Down Heart”, “Farewell My Love”, Executive Producer (Album)
Norman Whitfield: “May I Have This Dance”, “The Further You Look, the Less You See”
Andre Williams & William “Mickey” Stevenson (as “Dre-Mic”): “Oh, Mother of Mine”, “Romance Without Finance”

Singles history
The main lead vocalists on each track are identified by superscripts: (a) Paul Williams, (b) Eddie Kendricks, (c) Al Bryant, (d) Otis Williams, (e) Melvin Franklin.

“Oh Mother of Mine” a, b
Miracle single 5 (originally a non-album single; CD bonus track), July 24, 1961; b-side: “Romance Without Finance” a, b
“Check Yourself” a, (intro: d, e)
Miracle single 12, November 7, 1961; b-side: “Your Wonderful Love” a
“(You’re My) Dream Come True” b
Gordy single 7001, March 16, 1962; b-side: “Isn’t She Pretty” (recorded 1961) c, a, b, e, d
“Paradise” b, e
Gordy single 7010, September 26, 1962; b-side: “Slow Down Heart” a, e
“Mind Over Matter (I’m Gonna Make You Mine)” b (credited as The Pirates)
Mel-O-Dy single 105 (non-album single), September 29, 1962; b-side: “I’ll Love You Till I Die” a (The Pirates)
“I Want A Love I Can See” a
Gordy single 7015, March 18, 1963; b-side: “The Further You Look, the Less You See” a
“Farewell My Love”* a, b, e
Gordy single 7020, June 25, 1963; b-side: “May I Have This Dance” (recorded 1962)* b, e
“The Way You Do the Things You Do” b
Gordy single 7028, January 23, 1964; b-side: “Just Let Me Know” (recorded 1963) a, c

The Temptations:Norman Whitfield Era


The Temptations record vocals for their first Norman Whitfield production, “Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue),” 1964. This platinum partnership lasts almost ten years. –

The Temptations:Original Line-up






The Original Temptations Line-Up. From 1960 to December 1963: Otis Williams, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks and Eldridge Bryant.

The Temptations:Dennis Edwards Era





                                                                                                                     Dennis Edwards Era. !968 to 1977. Dennis would return two more times,1980–1984, and 1987–1989.

On June 28, 1968 Dennis Edwards, a singer formerly of the Contours was hired to take Ruffin’s place. The addition of Dennis Edwards to the Temptations coincided with the adoption of a new sound for the group by producer Norman Whitfield, and in the fall of 1968, Whitfield began producing psychedelic-based material for the Temptations, derived primarily from the sound of funk band Sly & the Family Stone.

This new style, which debuted with the Top 10 hit single “Cloud Nine” in October 1968, was a marked departure from the David Ruffin-era ballads. The instrumentation was funkier, the beat was hard-driving, and all five Temptations traded lead vocals, similar to Sly & the Family Stone. “Cloud Nine”, the centerpiece of the group’s landmark Cloud Nine LP, was a Top 10 hit and won Motown its first Grammy Award, for Best R&B Vocal Group Performance of 1969.

The blending of the Motown sound and psychedelic rock sound resulted in a new subgenre of music called “psychedelic soul”, also evident in the work of Diana Ross and the Supremes (“Reflections”, “Love Child”), Marvin Gaye’s version of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, and the music of The 5th Dimension, The Undisputed Truth, and The Friends of Distinction.

More Temptations psychedelic soul singles would follow in 1969 and 1970, among them “Runaway Child, Running Wild” (a number-one R&B hit), “I Can’t Get Next to You” (a number-one pop hit), “Psychedelic Shack”, and “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)”, but the formula began to wear thin when “Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World)”, only went to #33 Pop in the fall of 1970. The group’s other important albums from this period included Puzzle People (1969) and Psychedelic Shack (1970).

Before Kendricks officially left the Temptations, he and Paul Williams recorded the lead vocals for “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)”, a ballad that became Kendricks’ final single with the group. Included on the Sky’s the Limit LP along with the original album version of “Smiling Faces Sometimes”, “Just My Imagination” was released as a single in January 1971, and the song began steadily climbing the U.S. pop singles chart, peaking at #1 two months later. By the time “Just My Imagination” topped the charts, Kendricks had negotiated his release from the group and signed a solo deal with Motown’s Tamla label.

Ali-Ollie Woodson SR. (September 12, 1951 – May 30, 2010)


In loving memory of The Late Great Temptations singer Ali Ollie Woodson, SR. whom passed away on this day in 2010.

The Temptations: On This Day In Music


On this day in music history: April 29, 1968 – “The Temptations Wish It Would Rain”, the sixth studio album by The Temptations is released. Produced by Norman Whitfield, William “Smokey” Robinson, and Henry Cosby, it is recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit, MI from Mid 1967 – Early 1968.

It will be both the final Temptations album to include lead singer David Ruffin (who will be fired from the group and replaced by Dennis Edwards), and the last to feature Smokey Robinson writing and producing for the group.

The album will spin off three singles including “I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)” (#1 R&B, #13 Pop) and “I Wish It Would Rain” (#1 R&B, #4 Pop). “The Temptations Wish It Would Rain” will spend three weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, and number thirteen on the Top 200.

The Temptations & Cornelius Grant: The Appollo Theather



'The Temptations' Backstage At The Apollo

‘The Temptations’ Backstage At The Apollo

Caption:NEW YORK – 1964: Clockwise front lower left: Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, Cornelius Grant (Music Director), Otis Williams, David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks pose for a portrait backstage at the Apollo Theater in 1964 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)



The Temptations: This Day in Music


On This Day In Music In R&B Music History: On April 14, 1973 the Number One Record One cut on The R&B Chart was Masterpiece by The Temptations.

Motown: 25 Super Hits!


Motown Empire: West Grand Boulevard

All of these houses were part of the Motown Empire on West Grand Boulevard. R to L
2644/46  Jobete Publishing Company [now the museum entrance] Bought 4/18/1961
2648  Recording studio [Hitsville] at the back of the building on the lower ground floor.  Also residence of Berry and Raynoma in upstairs rooms. Bought 8/2/1959…
2650 Offices of Berry Gordy/Esther Edwards and Ralph Seltzer. This is vacant ground, to the left of Hitsville. It burned to the ground in 1971. Bought 1/23/1962
2652/54  Motown Administration Bought 1/23/1962
2656  Motown Finance (white front) Bought 3/4/1965
2662/64  Motown Sales and Marketing building Bought 7/11/1966
2666/68  Motown Sales and Marketing building Bought 7/11/1966
2670/72  ITMI (International Talent Management Incorporated) Bought 7/5/1966
2657  Artist Development was located directly Across West Grand Blvd from the Motown Row. Bought 1/12/1966See More

I’m Rick James (2009) : Release Date?

rick james

The Rick James Story comes to the screen with all same unstoppable energy and outrageous humor that made him famous. It’s a non-apologetic celebration of the man and his music. The songs drive the journey, with many never before heard tracks and Rick’s hits like “Give It To Me Baby,” “Mary Jane.”

“Party All The Time” and “Superfreak.” The documentary is told by the people who knew him, partied with him and slept with him –from club owners in Buffalo to Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. But there’s a twist. Rick narrates his own life story.

From existing on camera footage Rick literally appears in the film, providing his uncensored opinions and commentary. Quotes from magazine and newspaper interviews are his narrative voice. So when Supermodel, Janice Dickinson, claims to be the inspiration for “Superfreak,” we’ll give you Rick’s take on what really happened that night at Studio 54. “Cocaine is a hell of a drug!” This is an autobiographical chronicle from the grave.  – Written by Downtown Movies

The Tempting Temptations!

45184_10151975914230910_1523727947_nThe Defintion of Style is….The Temptations.

Paul Williams: Happy Birthday!

pwilliamsMr Paul Williams of The Mighty Temptations..July 2nd 1939-17th Aug 1973 just 34 years old…

David RUffin Jr: Happy Birthday!


Motown Revue:The Early Years!

Berry Gordy’s Motortown Revue. From left: Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Eddie Kendricks, Elbridge Bryant, Uriel Jones, Otis Williams, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, Diana Ross, Robert Bullock, Patrice Gordy, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson.

Credit: Berry Gordy.1006188_681800951835628_1906410310_n

Darcel Wynn Leonard

darcelglowingA compelling story of love, dreams, hopes, religion, betrayal, abuse, living on the edge and her incredible comeback.”

Beauty, talent, star of hit TV show “Solid Gold” and   married to a legendary Temptation. Darcel danced her  way  into our homes every Saturday afternoon for four  seasons  between 1980 and 1986. We idolized her, we  tried to move  like her and groove like her. She made sexy  look easy,  wonderful, fabulous…but behind that shining  star  everything that glittered wasn’t solid gold.

“…when I pulled into the subterranean parking  structure of  my house and got out of the car, one guy  grabbed me  around my neck, held a knife to my throat and  demanded  my wallet…”

“Darcel Solid  Gold”  written by Darcel with Dr. Claiborne

As dynamic, powerful and captivating as she was on  screen  this is her real life story.

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