|Rock & Roll Hall of Famer|
Inducted in: 1989
Inducted by: Daryl Hall and John Oates
Nominated in: 1989
First Eligible: 1987 Ceremony
Inducted Members: Dennis Edwards Jr., Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams
Snubbed Members: Damon Harris, Richard Street
Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1988 (ranked #42) .
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Saw The Temptations last nite in concert at Frankfort, KY. Gave a Hell of a show. 1 original member, Otis Williams. 2 of the other 4 have been with group for 20 or more years.
Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 09.27.10 @ 08:39am
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Posted by Shamima on Wednesday, 03.14.12 @ 15:37pm
I have seen The Temptations twice in recent years, and I don't like the lead singer (overweight gentlemen) with the current group. He seems more appropriate for a Hip Hop/Rap group. Very rough, harsh voice. The smooth buttery vocals of Eddie and David are greatly missed. The Tempts are still my favorite Motown group!
Posted by Kariann Hart on Saturday, 05.19.12 @ 09:33am
Aren't all the original members of the Temptations dead now? Why did the record company give permission to all the replacement members to still tour and produce albums under the Temptations name? This is strange. Are we still going to have a Temptations tour in 20 years too?
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 05.19.12 @ 10:13am
No, Roy, Otis Williams, the group's founder, is still alive and with the group today, He is the last living original member. But, he never sang lead on any of their hits. Dennis Edwards, who replaced David Ruffin in 1968, and sang lead on almost all of their hits from that point, starting with "Cloud Nine", is also still alive and touring with a Temptations splinter group, "Dennis Edwards & The Temptations Review" (not "Revue"). This was decided after much litigation between Otis' camp and Dennis'legal people.
Posted by Bill G. on Saturday, 05.19.12 @ 10:51am
Temptations Singer Otis 'Damon' Harris Dead at 62
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 02.23.13 @ 20:55pm
That Rolling Stone article could be wrong. Harris was not the one who sang lead on Papa Was A rollin Stone
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 02.23.13 @ 21:09pm
*****RICHARD STREET of THE TEMPTATIONS*****
Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 02.27.13 @ 13:48pm
Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 02.27.13 @ 13:59pm
Richard was on such Temptations classics as PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (He sang the immortal line "Papa was never much on thinking...talking 'bout saving souls and all the time weechin' DEALIN' IN DIRT...and stealing in the Name of The Lord)", "SUPERSTAR"(Remember How You Got Where You Are), "MASTERPIECE",and other hits. Street was married to The Velvelettes' lead singer Carolyn "Cal" Gill from 1969 to 1983. They have one son, Richard, Jr. Street also has three children from additional relationships named Brandi Chapman, Januari Street, and Brandon Street.
Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 02.27.13 @ 14:08pm
Richard was an original member and lead singer of the pre-Temptations group "THE DISTANTS" where he sang with original members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin.He left the group before they merged with THE PRIMES (which featured Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams) to become THE TEMPTATIONS. He was the replacement for original member PAUL WILLIAMS who left the group in 1971 due to alcoholism, health problems and depression.
Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 02.27.13 @ 14:15pm
Saw The Temptations about 3 years ago. Great show. RIP Mr. Street.
Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 02.28.13 @ 07:38am
Turns out I did not se Mr. Street perform, as he had left band by then.
Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 02.28.13 @ 10:05am
Roy, you should definitely watch that Temptations TV movie that came out about 15 yrs ago. They air it on Vh-1 Classic every now and then. Great story about the original lineup. And Bill is correct, Otis is the only surviving member as others were gone too soon. Truth be told I have never heard of Richard Street until now, since he wasn't mentioned in the movie. I don't know why he wouldn't have been nominated
Posted by Jason Voigt on Thursday, 02.28.13 @ 13:38pm
VH-1 actually aired it just last night .
Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 02.28.13 @ 15:40pm
Thanks to their fine tuned choreography, The Temptations were the quintessential male vocal group of the 1960s. Being one of Motown's most elastic acts, they tackled both lush romantic songs and politically charged funk with ease and offered an even finer blend of voices along with stylish moves.
Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, 04.24.13 @ 13:32pm
If I was to choose the presenters for the 1989 inductees, they would be:
Posted by Andrew on Sunday, 01.12.14 @ 17:18pm
Rest in Peace Jimmy Ruffin
Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 11.19.14 @ 20:02pm
Actually, though Jimmy Ruffin was the elder brother of David Ruffin, the Temptations' lead singer, Jimmy himself was never a member.
Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 11.19.14 @ 21:00pm
Jimmy was considered for the Tempts, but David was a better dancer and showman, so he was chosen for the group instead.
Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 11.20.14 @ 01:50am
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