fun fact!

Despite its success, The Temptations’ fourth number 1 R&B single Beauty is Only Skin Deep was never released on a regular studio LP; it appeared first on their first greatest hits collection.  

with true lovin every time – The Temptations, 1966

Candor can often be sweet, but also brutal, even humorously so. Such is the case with another number one hit by the Temptations. Released in 1966 by Motown Records, Beauty is Only Skin Deep went number 3 on the pop charts and number 1 on the R&B charts. It was a smash hit that had a…

to be better than the rest – Raphael Saadiq, contemporary

CONTEMPORARY ( – present) One of my favorite contemporary artists is Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins; went by Raphael Wiggins for a short time).  Unlike some of the other contemporary artists we have profiled, Raphael differs in his age and experience.  He has been in the industry for some time with a musicality that…

make your eyes the morning sun – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, 1967

When soul kicked into high gear with Motown throttling and Stax rocking down south, a breadth of sounds poured into mainstream music. It included the vocals of star soloists like Wonder and Redding and groups like the Four Tops and the Temptations, but it also featured duos, one who had a member who would rocket to stardom…

fun fact!

At one point due to the divisiveness of group performance, two distinct and separate Temptations bands were touring through the U.S.A. at the same time.

Keep You By My Side (The Temptations, 1966)

Unlike previous posts, this post will feature not a single person, but a single artist: The Temptations. Though far from being the first group artist featuring several people, The Temptations proved one of the most successful of all time, and a treasure for Berry Gordy’s Motown Records (also known as “Hitsville USA” in contrast to Stax…