Former member Damon Harris died on February 18, , from prostate cancer at a Baltimore hospital. Completed by his co-author, Gary Flanigan, the book was published in ; it is the second autobiography regarding the group. In late both Bruce Williamson and Joe Herndon announced their departures from the group.
He had been battling with meningitis before his death. Former member G. Cameron substituted for an absent Larry Braggs in shows in August On June 19, , it was announced that Mario Corbino was the new member of the group replacing Larry Braggs.
Founding member Otis Williams said the Temptations will record a new album once the coronavirus pandemic is over. Following their first Motown hit, the group altered their style several times over the ensuing years, adapting to the popular styles of the day while retaining their signature visual and vocal styles.
The earliest Temptations recordings backed by Motown's stalwart studio band, the Funk Brothers , reflect the influence of producers Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson, and featured a cohesive blend of black rhythm and blues along with elements of white pop music that later came to be known as the Motown Sound.
During this period, each recording usually featured only one lead singer, usually David Ruffin or Eddie Kendricks, although Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, and Otis Williams each had solo numbers of their own at various times during this period. In , Norman Whitfield changed the group's dynamic, moving them away from the previous one lead singer model and adding elements derived from the rougher soul of artists such as James Brown , Wilson Pickett , and the performers at Stax Records.
Whitfield and his lyricists crafted Temptations songs with shifts of dynamics, syncopated horn stabs , and more intricate harmony arrangements which spotlighted each singer's unique vocal range.
Onstage, this change was reflected in the group's use of a custom-made four-headed microphone stand, invented by David Ruffin. When Ruffin was replaced by Dennis Edwards, and Sly and the Family Stone became popular, Whitfield again restructured the Temptations' sound, this time driving the group almost completely into a "psychedelic soul"-type sound.
However, ballads in the traditional style of the group were still being recorded as B-sides and album fillers, with the lone exception being "Just My Imagination". At Whitfield's insistence, a large portion of the additional running time for each song consisted of instrumental passages without vocals.
For example, the hit version of their smash single "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" was nearly seven minutes, featuring an instrumental intro that was almost two minutes, a rarity for songs of that era.
Often focusing on lyrics about the ghettos and inner cities of black America, these songs were heavily influenced by the work of singer-songwriters Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield.
Unlike Hayes and Mayfield however, the Temptations had no creative control over their recordings, and were in no way fond of the and minute-long songs being forced upon them by Whitfield, whose contributions were the focal point of Temptations albums such as Solid Rock , All Directions , and particularly Masterpiece.
In , after Whitfield was dismissed as the producer for the Temptations, the group altered its sound to accommodate a balance of both up-tempo dance material as well as ballads. The vocal arrangements began to again focus primarily on one lead singer per track, although some leads were still being shared periodically. In addition, the Temptations themselves, after fighting Motown and Berry Gordy for creative control, began to write and produce some of their own material.
From this point on, the Temptations focused almost exclusively on songs about romance. However, songs about social issues similar to the recordings made during Whitfield's tenure were periodically produced as well. Temptations recordings of the mid s focused significantly on the influences of funk music from artists such as Parliament-Funkadelic and Sly and the Family Stone, and members of both acts contributed significantly to material recorded by the group during this period.
Their signature ballad sound, reduced to filler material during much of the Whitfield period, was restored to the lush, full productions of the earlier hits produced by Smokey Robinson. Berry Gordy insisted that all his acts be equally appealing to both white as well as black audiences, and employed an extensive creative team to help tailor Motown talent for the crossover success he desired.
Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins , along with Paul Williams, created the trademark precise and energetic, yet refined, dance steps used by the Temptations onstage. The most famous of these, the Temptation Walk , or Temptation Strut , was adapted from similar moves by the Flamingos and the Vibrations , from those two sources, Atkins and Williams crafted the resulting signature dance routine.
These acts and others, showed the influence of the Temptations in both their vocal performances and their onstage choreography. In , the story of the Temptations served as inspiration for the jukebox musical Ain't Too Proud , which opened on Broadway in March From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Released from the album of the same title, the title track reached number seven on the Billboard Hot singles chart and spent two weeks at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Masterpiece Temptations song. Record Research. Masterpiece can be bought here. Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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