THE TEMPTATIONS

The Northern Lights Theater 1721 W Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233
Price: $45/$40/$35

Friday, June 19 at 8 p.m.

For more than forty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world. 



“The crowds are bigger, the sales are sizzling,” says one industry report. “The outpouring of affection for this super-group has never been greater.”

The history of The Temptations resides in the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early 1960s. It wasn’t until 1964, however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced “The Way You Do The Things You Do” turned the guys into stars.

An avalanche of hits followed, many of which (“My Girl” for instance) attained immortality. And the hits just kept coming with: “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep,” “I Wish It Would Rain” and more.

The classic lineup consisted of Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. Beyond the fabulous singing, The Temps became known for their smooth stepping and flawless presentations. The Temptations walk became a staple of American style, flair, flash and class. Millions of fans saw The Temptations as cultural heroes. Today, the current lineup consists of Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson.