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Temptations (Updated Edition)
Otis Williams
Cooper Square Press
304 pages
August 2002
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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They were one of the most important vocal bands to emerge during the 1960's Motown movement. They had a string of hits including "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," songs propelled by the magical blend of voices belonging to Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams (author of this book), David Ruffin, and Melvin Franklin.

Williams covers all the ground here - the band's pre-Motown days; meeting label chief Barry Gordy; recording sessions; live tours; the ups and downs; and the fall from grace. He also talks about the deaths of legendary members Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin, both of whom died in the early '90s.

This is the story of a group of talented black singers growing up in a rough-and-tumble urban jungle called Detroit, Michigan. Against a backdrop of segregation and civil rights and black-on-black violence, these gifted musicians, against all odds, came together to form one of the most influential vocal bands of all time.

Temptation Otis Williams pulls no punches. This is an honest look at the tragedy and misery that befell these young singers year after year. But through power of perseverance and the power of positive thought - and an ability to sing songs like nobody else - they found success - and a form of redemption.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2009

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