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Record album by The Temptations: Meet The Temptations (1964)

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Here’s why this album should be in your collection!

Meet The Temptations (1964) was only mildly successful, but hinted at future greatness.

In 1960 The Distants (Elbridge Bryant, Melvin Franklin, Richard Street, Otis Williams), merged with the Primes (Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams) to become the Elgins. They joined Motown as The Temptations, even though a group in New York City already had that name and a small hit called “Barbara.” By the time the group’s debut album was released, Street had left to join The Monitors and David Ruffin had replaced Bryant.

Meet the Temptations was a collection of mostly unsuccessful singles, including “Farewell My Love” and “Isn’t She Pretty.” Berry Gordy’s patience paid off when “I Want a Love I Can See” became a small hit and “The Way You Do The Things You Do” became a bigger one.

By the time “My Girl” became a hit in 1965, The Temptations were sharing flagship status at Motown with their sister group, The Primettes-- bka The Supremes. Street returned in 1970 to replace Paul Williams.

This album is available in vinyl, CD, and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

Dennis Edwards replaced Ruffin in 1968 and played a key role in The Temptations success between 1968 and 1976. In 1984, Edwards scored a solo hit with “Don’t Look Any Further,” while his mate Ruth Pointer topped the charts as lead singer on The Pointer Sisters hit “Automatic.”

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