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.   Advertisements

True Lovin’ Every Time: The Temptations, 1966

Candor can often be sweet, but also heart-wrenching, 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…

Better Than the Rest: Raphael Saadiq, 2008

One of my favorite contemporary artists is Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins; went by Raphael Wiggins for a short time).  Unlike some 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 spans the genres and reaches many…

Bluest Sky: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, 1967

When soul music kicked into high gear with Motown throttling and Stax rocking down south, a breadth of sounds poured into mainstream music, including budding stars like Wonder and Redding as well as groups like the Four Tops and the Temptations. But it also featured duos, including one famed for its rocking and sumptuous ballads. Marvin Gaye…

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.

By My Side: The Temptations, 1966

Drawn from the tradition of doo-wop groups of the fifties, The Temptations proved one of the most successful of group artists of all time, and a treasure for Berry Gordy’s Motown Records (also known as “Hitsville USA” in contrast to Stax in Memphis which was known as “Soulsville USA”). While known for their musical versatility with five…