The iconic Motown group of the ’60s and ’70s The Temptations finally get their due with a Tony-nominated show on Broadway, and a star on the Apollo Theatre’s Walk of Fame in Harlem where the group performed in their early days alongside other Motown artists like The Supremes and Stevie Wonder.
“It’s like breaking all records of all the things that we’ve done,” said Otis Williams, the only surviving member of The Temptations, who produced classics like “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone, “The Apollo honoring The Temptations – phew! Unheard of. But I’m loving it, because this is our home.”
The Temptations relived
The group’s story and music is enjoying a revival with the Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations,” which is up for 12 Tony nominations including best musical; the 2019 Tony Awards will be Sunday, where the show’s cast will be performing.
The 77-year-old Williams said watching the musical was an emotional experience, “Every time I’ve seen it, it’s been a tear-jerker. We were at the right place at the right time… And we kept polishing up our act.”
Though it’s hard to choose a favorite song, Williams said he would with their 1964 hit “My Girl”, which skyrocketed the Temptations to the music charts. “Once they hear that ‘boom, boom, boom, boom,’ people start standing up like trees growing out of the ground. They love that song,” he ended.
Story and photo from Reuters.
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