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TRAHC Presents The Temptations Live at the Perot Theatre

TRAHC presents The Temptations, featuring original member and Texarkana native Otis Williams, at the Perot Theatre on Thursday, June 28 at 7:30PM. Tickets in all sections of the theatre are available now. Ticket prices are $45 and $35, with half-priced student tickets in the balcony and group discounts available (10 or more attending).

 

The show is sponsored in part by BancorpSouth.

 

For more than 40 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 and 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 is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temptations began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. 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; “It’s Growing”, “Since I Lost My Baby”, “Get Ready”, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”, “Beauty Is only Skin Deep” and “I Wish It Would Rain” are all classic examples of that MoTown sound.

 

The original lineup included Otis Williams, a native of Texarkana, as well as Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. Beyond the fabulous singing, The Temptations became known for smooth stepping and flawless presentations. The Temptations Walk became a staple of American style. Flair, flash and class. Millions of fans saw their Temptations as cultural heroes.

 

When the sixties and seventies turned political, The Temptations got serious. They changed their tone, dress and music. Producer Norman Whitfield led the way. His Temptations hits, many featuring Dennis Edwards who had replaced David Ruffin, burned with intensity; songs like “Runaway Child”, “Cloud Nine”, “I Can’t Get Next to You”, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Psychedelic Shack” still smolder.

 

Other stellar singers such as Richard Street and Ali-Ollie Woodson joined the group, adding their luster to the group's growing fame.

 

No matter the change in personnel, The Temptations remained true to The Temptations tradition. They survived the whims of fashion, whether disco or techno, and stuck to their guns.

 

“Great singing,” says Williams, “will always prevail.”

 

In the eighties, The Temptations prevailed with smashes like the Otis Williams’ penned “Treat Her Like A Lady.” Then in the nineties, another Temptation explosion:

 

It began with their appearance on Motown 25 in 1983; it continued with the NBC mini-series that chronicled the group’s history, a ratings triumph over two nights in prime time. An Emmy Award followed.

 

Then came a series of acclaimed records:

 

For Lovers Only, a collection of love standards, termed an instant classic by critics, remains among the most cherished of all Temptations recordings.

 

Phoenix Rising went through the roof, a platinum-plus mega-hit featuring “Stay,” the Narada Michael Walden produced song that topped the charts.

 

Ear Resistible nailed a Grammy and a legion of new fans.

 

Awesome, released in 2001, is The Temptations at their freshest, strongest, and most appealing.

 

Reflections was released in 2005, nominated for a Grammy and brought to the world The Temptations versions of some of Motown’s greatest songs.

 

The current Temptations line-up includes Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon, Bruce Williamson.

 

 

“The more we change,” says veteran Ron Tyson, “the more we stay true to ourselves. We’re about singing straight-up soul. It’s a style that will live on forever.”

 

“The Temptations have always been known for great lead singers”, says Williams. “Today we have three of the greatest leads in the proud history of the group.”

 

Williams points to the soaring voice of Ron Tyson, perhaps the best high tenor in the business.

 

Terry Weeks, who grew up in Alabama and spent eight years in the Air Force before his makeshift audition for Williams on a Hollywood street corner, who’s smooth textures and tones, express an extraordinary full range of feelings.

 

Newest member, Bruce Williamson started singing in a church choir at the ripe age of 5 years old and hasn’t stop since. He has sung in everything from commercials to musical to the top showrooms in Las Vegas.

 

“Our challenge,” says Williams, “is to live in the present while respecting the past. Our past is filled with riches only a fool would discard. At the same time, we thrive on competition. As a Motowner, I grew up in the most competitive musical atmosphere imaginable. But we also understand that for a group with history, no matter how glorious that history might be, reinvention is the name of the game.”

 

“When I tell people we are God’s group, I don’t mean it arrogantly.” says Williams. “It’s just that we have been tested time and again and keep coming back. We have suffered the death of so many legendary singers; Paul Williams, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin. Others like Dennis Edwards, Richard Street, Ali-Ollie Woodson and Theo Peoples have left, and yet our unity is tighter, our sound brighter and our popularity greater. Someone has watched over this group. Someone has protected our integrity. Someone has said [to] just go on singing and it’ll get better.”

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June 28, 2012 7:30 PM Perot Theatre Buy Tickets
Ticket prices are $45 and $35, with half-price student tickets in the balcony and group discounts available!


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