Berry Gordy's Motortown Revue. From left: Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Eddie Kendricks, Elbridge Bryant, Uriel Jones, Otis Williams, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, Diana Ross, Robert Bullock, Patrice Gordy, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson.
The "Classic 5" lineup of The Temptations: David Ruffin (bottom left), Melvin Franklin (top left), Paul Williams (top right), Otis Williams (bottom right), and Eddie Kendricks (center) Picture taken in 1965. Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and 14 Billboard R number-one singles.
Otis Williams and The Charms were a well known Doo Wop group from the 1950's. This Otis Williams is no relations to the Temptations' Otis Williams. Their biggest hit was Hearts of Stone in 1954. Gum Drop is played often now on XMSirus, but it did not chart after releasingn in 1954. The Crew Cuts covered it in 1955 when it did chart,
Temptations Pop Group, Birmingham The most successful soul group of the 1960's, the Temptations, is known for intense vocals, tight harmonies, and dynamic rhythms-- all choreographed into an unforgettable stage routine. The original lineup, Melvin Franklin (Montgomery, Alabama), Otis Williams (Texas), Paul Williams (Birmingham, Alabama), Eddie Kendricks (Birmingham, Alabama), and David Ruffin, joined forces in Detroit after being involved with different music groups for several years...