Centennial Terrace Summer Concert Series- THE TEMPTATIONS and THE FOUR TOPS

“The Legends of Motown” perform in Sylvania, Ohio

The Temptations & Four Tops all in the same night, June 24 at 8:00p

For more than fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a

series of smash hits, and sold-out performances throughout the world. 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 Temps 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,” “I Wish It Would Rain”...the hits kept coming. The Temptations are

part of the Rock in Roll Hall of Fame.


The quartet, originally called the Four Aims, made their first single for Chess in 1956, and spent

seven years on the road and in nightclubs, singing pop, blues, Broadway, but mostly jazz—

four-part harmony jazz. When Motown’s Berry Gordy Jr. found out they had hustled a national

“Tonight Show” appearance, he signed them without an audition to be the marquee act for

the company’s Workshop Jazz label. That proved short-lived, and Stubbs’ powerhouse

baritone lead and the exquisite harmonies of Fakir, Benson, and Payton started making one

smash after another with the writing-producing trio Holland-Dozier-Holland.Their first

Motown hit, “Baby I Need Your Loving” in 1964, made them stars and their sixties track record

on the label is indispensable to any retrospective of the decade. Their songs, soulful and

bittersweet, were across-the-board successes. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),”

a no. 1 R&B and Pop smash in 1965, is one of Motown’s longest-running chart toppers; it was

quickly followed by a longtime favorite, “extraordinary run of instant H-D-H classics. Other

Tops hits from the decade included “Ask The Lonely,” “Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over),”

“Something About You,”.

Advance ticket prices: Tier 1 reserved $65- Tier 2 reserved $ 55 and GA standing

or bring a small chair $36.00. GA day of only $40

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