The Temptations

1306 Words May 8th, 2012 6 Pages
The Temptations

The Temptations are a very popular Motown band that started in the 1960’s when two local vocal groups joined forces. The 1965 album The Temptations Sing Smokey is their album that really catches my ear and put The Temptations on the map. The members of the group at that time were David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, and Paul Williams. The album was composed of songs written and produced by Smokey Robinson and was the second album The Temptations had put out. Not only is the music great, but also The Temptations knew how to perform. The three hits of the album are the famous “My Girl,” “The Way You Do The Things You Do” and “It’s Growing.” (allmusic.com) All of the songs mentioned above
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The group itself is set up as if it was a picture taken of a performance. It pretty much is a photo that I could say, “what you see is what you get.” (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51MLuK-j4%2BL._SL500_AA280_.jpg) I have a CD of some of their greatest hits and have seen most of their four-hour movie, but watching the real group in a music video on youtube.com really was incredible and unlike anything I had seen. “My Girl” is a song I think almost everyone in America has heard. It starts out with a distinct beat, which leads to the layering of so many other instruments. I can hear a lot of piano in all their songs. The lyrics take over for me after that although the beat stays steady and upfront throughout the whole piece. Not only with the words are they telling a love story, but also they express the same feelings through their dancing and music. The harmonizing is what makes them such a great group. You can hear all of them working together with some call and response. Every time the main vocalist says “My Girl” it is followed by the backup vocalists repeating it. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltRwmgYEUr8) “They Way You Do The Things You Do” was the biggest hit on the album because “My Girl” was also featured on their first album. “My Girl” became more and more popular with the release of more of their music. Watching the dancing in their video gets me so