The Temptations Essay

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The Temptations Motown took the world over by surprise. The vivid and new sounds from Motown artists made screaming dedicated fans all over the world. With the addicted fans, Motown artists raised the bad and opened the eyes of those who thought African Americans would never amount to anything. Although there still happened to be racism, and prejudice, African Americans managed to become recognized and well known for their abilities. Not only were the Motown artists extraordinary talented, but they also were unbelievably strong and persistent for going against all those people out there who discriminated on them. They took the criticisms continued and went on with what they loved to do. One of the most famous groups during the …show more content…

Every which way they turned someone was dropping out and couldn't handle their position no longer. The Temptations had a totally of 21 members who were once apart of the band. The first five members were Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks, and Elbridge Bryant. After some struggle with the first two singles, Bryant was the first to leave. Bryant after not contributing his full abilities to the band from his slacking off was finally fired right after a Motown Christmas party in 1966. Right after Bryant left, David Ruffin came aboard. His skills were seen right at the beginning, and with him the Temptations became known as the "classic 5," producing some of their best work. Although Ruffin seemed to be exactly what the group needed, their high likings soon disappeared. Ruffin became way too self centered and along with his drug addictions, and missing of not only rehearsals but concerts as well, Ruffin was then fired. Replacing him, Dennis Edwards originally from the Contours joined the crew, and became the new lead singer. Entering new and different styles of their music, things were going fine, until Paul's alcohol addictions started to become a big problem. As his breathes became shorter Richard Street, from the Monitors, filled in for him on days he couldn't perform. Though, after a fail of recovery, and right before Paul went solo, he committed suicide in 1973. Before Paul's problems started to

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