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The Temptations Celebrate Life, Their Career and Legacy With New 'Temptations 60' Album and Tour

The Temptations have been gracing our radios and TV screens with sensual, thought and love-provoking music for six decades.

As they mark their 60th anniversary, the gentlemen have released their new project Temptations 60, a 12-song album full of new songs with the same Temptations essence that we can always look forward to. "We felt as though being around 60 years was a milestone so we wanted to do something special for that," says Otis Williams.

The album features songs like Is it Gonna Be Yes Or No, which teams the group up with fellow Motown alum and the writer of some of their major hits, Smokey Robinson. Other songs like When We Were Kings pay tribute to influential members of the group who are no longer with us such as Eddie Kendrick, David Ruffin, Dennis Edwards, Paul Williams and Melvin Franklin. Time for the People is an inspirational song that takes you back to the days when the Temps and other artists sang songs that reflected the time that we live in.

The current lineup features founding members Otis Williams and Ron Tyson, who is approaching his 40th year in the group, along with Terry Weeks, who is celebrating 25 years in the group. Newer members include Tony Grant and Willie Green who stay true to the roots of the group but bring their own flare.

When asking the only founding member what motivates him, "I love what we do," Mr. Otis Williams says as he shares a story of when he first knew this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

We were recently blessed with the opportunity to speak with the group during a rehearsal as they prepare to embark on an upcoming tour. We asked Terry and Ron, the members with the second-longest tenure, what they felt they contributed to the legacy of The Temptations. "I look at myself as the caretaker. We are held responsible for bringing the group into the 2000s, 2020, and beyond because it's still here sixty years later. We respect the music and try to present it as authentic as possible," Terry weeks shares. Ron Tyson jokingly says, "I'm glad to be riding Otis' dream. This is his dream and we are thankful that he took us in to ride part of the dream with him".

Check out the full interview below.


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