WHO WERE THE TEMPTATIONS?
The Temptations are an American vocal group who released a series of successful singles and albums with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. The group’s work with producer Norman Whitfield, beginning with the Top 10 hit single “Cloud Nine” in October 1968, pioneered psychedelic soul, and was significant in the evolution of R&B and soul music. The band members are known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and dress style. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are among the most successful groups in popular music.
“CLASSIC FIVE” LINEUP
The Temptations consisted of Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks, and David Ruffin; the success that would follow the group would result in what would, in later years, be frequently referred to as the “Classic Five” lineup. In January 1964, Smokey Robinson and Miracles bandmate Bobby Rogers co-wrote and produced “The Way You Do the Things You Do” with Eddie Kendricks on lead and the single became the Temptations’ first Top 20 hit that April.
FIRST NUMBER 1
While traveling as part of Motown’s Motortown Revue later that year, Robinson and fellow Miracles member Ronnie White wrote “My Girl”, which the Temptations recorded in the fall of 1964 with Ruffin singing his first lead vocal for the group. Released as a single on December 21, 1964, the song became the Temptations’ first number-one pop hit in March 1965. Over 50 years and multiple chart topping songs later, it is still their signature song to this day.
After the success of “My Girl”, Ruffin sang lead on the next three singles: “It’s Growing”, “Since I Lost My Baby”, and “My Baby”, which all made it to the Top 20 in 1965. The B-side to “My Baby”, “Don’t Look Back”, featured a stirring lead from Paul Williams, and was a sleeper hit on the R&B charts and a standard for vocal group playlists.
AIN’T TOO PROUD
… is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
After breaking house records at both Berkeley Rep and The Kennedy Center, AIN’T TOO PROUD , written by three‑time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two‑time Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), and featuring choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, On Your Feet), now brings the untold story of this legendary quintet to irresistible life on Broadway.