Though the 2012 Temptations look nothing like the “Classic 5” line-up of the 1960s, this group still makes headlines and is able to book venues from Cali to Belgium.
The legendary Motown group’s original members were David Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, and Eddie Kendricks. Of the five, only Mr. Williams is with us today. The other four have died.
The Temptations currently on tour is made up of Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon, Bruce Williamson.
Back in February, they made an African-American Vietnam Vet’s dream come true by meeting with him twice that month, according to The Record Herald. Albert “Albie” Spottswood told his wife that he wanted to meet the group and have his photo taken with them. And she helped to make it happen! Here’s more on this great story!
Spottswood’s love for the Temptations — a critically acclaimed Motown male vocal group of the 1960s and 1970s — grew during his service in Vietnam.
“The music of the Temptations is what Albie attributes to him pulling through Vietnam,” said Sally Manning, a 1966 Waynesboro High School classmate who helped organize the upclose and personal meetings with the Temptations’ original member and founder Otis Williams and four more members of the group.
Spottswood, one of the Temptations biggest fans, was greeted, shook hands and briefly talked to the iconic group before the concert on Feb. 12 in the Weinberg Center of the Arts in Frederick and again a week and a half later on Feb. 23 at Shippensburg University’s H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.