In Harlem and on Broadway, The Temptations get their due
The Temptations performed at the Apollo as part of the Motortown Revue in the early 1960s, along with other Motown artists like The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and the Four Tops
The Temptations, whose string of hits in the 1960s and 1970s are being celebrated in a Tony-nominated show on Broadway, got a star on the Apollo Theatre’s Walk of Fame in Harlem.
“It’s like breaking all records of all the things that we’ve done,” said Otis Williams, the only surviving member of the five-man group behind such classics as “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.”
“The Apollo honoring The Temptations – phew! Unheard of. But I’m loving it, because this is our home,” Williams told Reuters Television.
The Temptations performed at the Apollo as part of the Motortown Revue in the early 1960s, along with other Motown artists like The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and the Four Tops.
More than 50 years on, the band’s story and music is enjoying a revival with the Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations,” which got 12 Tony award nominations, including best musical.
Friday’s ceremony took place ahead of the Tony awards ceremony on Sunday, where the cast of the show will perform.
Williams said watching the musical was an emotional experience.
“Every time I’ve seen it, it’s been a tear-jerker,” he said.