The Temptations line-up of Dennis Edwards, Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, and Paul Williams sing and perform their 1970 Motown hit single Ball of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today).
Music video is dedicated to the memory of The Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards who recently died on February 1, 2018. The addition of Dennis Edwards as The Temptations lead singer after David Ruffin's departure started the Norman Whitfield-influenced psychedelic soul sound (1968-1971).
Smokey Robinson joins The Temptations on one of the hit songs he wrote for them, "Get Ready" (3:27). Featuring Eddie Kendricks distinctive falsetto singing style, the Motown single Get Ready peaked at #29 in the US. Kendricks co-founded The Temptations and was one of their lead singers from 1960 until 1971. Eddie Kendricks died from lung cancer in 1992 at age 52. The Smokey Robinson Show was broadcast from Hollywood on ABC television in 1970.
Get Ready is the last song Smokey Robinson wrote and produced for the Temptations, due to a deal Berry Gordy made with Norman Whitfield, that if "Get Ready" did not meet with the expected degree of success, then Whitfield's song, "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", would get the next release, which resulted in Whitfield more or less replacing Robinson as the group's producer. Source: Wikipedia. Rare Earth had an even bigger hit with Get Ready in 1970.
In 1989, The Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the Temptations number 67 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Watch Cal Vid Playlist of The Temptations live in 1983 and 2015 Los Angeles complete concert: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWptyRPuZHuFyfa0bwjYkNJSJEhbs6tum
Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations plays Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, CA August 21–September 30, 2018. Opening night is scheduled for August 24.
Leading the production as the Temptations are Derrick Baskin as Otis Williams, James Harkness as Paul Williams, Jawan M. Jackson as Melvin Franklin, Jeremy Pope as Eddie Kendricks, and Ephraim Sykes as David Ruffin.
The cast also features Esther Antoine, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Saint Aubyn, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Curtis Wiley, and Candice Marie Woods.
Two-time Tony winner Des McAnuff directs, with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo.
With a book by Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau and a score made up of The Temptations’ hit songs, Ain’t Too Proud premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where it became the highest-grossing production in that theatre’s history.
The new musical charts the rise of the R&B group The Temptations and features such classics as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone."