Happy Birthday to Temptations co-founder Otis Williams, who turns 77 today (October 30th)!!! Williams — who was present at the birth of Motown alongside founder Berry Gordy Jr., Smokey Robinson, and a host of others — is the sole surviving original member of the Temptations still performing with the group. Williams has outlived all of the other members of the Temps' classic lineup: Paul Williams, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, and Melvin Franklin.
Last May, the Temps released their latest studio set, All The Time, featuring covers of songs made famous by Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, Maxwell, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, and The Weeknd — along with a trio of new originals.
Otis Williams recalled after years of struggling with no success, how the Temps found out about scoring their first hit in 1964: “We recorded 'The Way You Do The Things You Do' and went to upstate Michigan and was up there for a number of weeks and came back, and Berry (Gordy) had been trying to find us. They told us 'You guys finally got a hit.' Somebody got the Billboard and the Cashbox and showed us we were in the charts, and David Ruffin and myself sat down and we cried because we had tried so many years of getting there. And we were off and running.”
The Temptations will next perform on November 3rd at Las Vegas' Orleans Showroom.
Source: Pulse of Radio