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us: Temptations (Musical group)


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    • Activity Start

        1961
    • Descriptor

        (lcsh) Musical groups
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) Detroit (Mich.)
    • Field of Activity

        (lcsh) Soul music
          (lcsh) Rhythm and blues music
      • Related Terms

        • us: Pirates (Musical group)
      • Additonal Related Forms

        • us: Harris, Damon
        • us: Street, Richard, 1942-2013
      • Sources

        • found: Its The Temptations' 25th anniversary [SR] p1986.
        • found: The New Grove dictionary of American music, 1986 (Temptations; soul vocal group)
        • found: Oxford music online, November 15, 2013: Encyclopedia of popular music (Temptations; most successful group in Black music history; formed in 1961 in Detroit, Michigan, with Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eldrige Bryant, and Otis Williams; originally known as the Elgins, renamed by Berry Gordy when they signed with Motown Records in 1961; issued one single under the pseudonym "The Pirates" on Miracle Records; Bryant was replaced by David Ruffin in 1963, establishing the group's classic line-up; with many changes in personnel, still active in the 2000s)
        • found: Wikipedia, November 15, 2013 (The Temptations; American R&B and soul vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s; always feature at least 5 male vocalists and dancers; formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan as The Elgins; name changed in 1961 to avoid conflict with another group; original founding members of the group were Otis Williams, Elbridge "Al" Bryant, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, and Paul Williams; briefly recorded under the name The Pirates; continue to perform today, with the group's one surviving original member, Otis Williams, still in its lineup)
      • Change Notes

        • 1987-07-15: new
        • 2014-12-17: revised
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