By Jim Johnson

Otis “Big Daddy” Williams is one of the founding (and sole remaining) members of Motown’s Temptations.  He came to Berry Gordy’s Motown in 1961 along with Eddie Kendricks Melvin Franklin Paul Williams & Al Bryant as members of rival groups, The Distants and The Primes, and changed their name to The Elgins. In 1961, the Elgins became the Temptations and went on to become the most successful Black music act in history.

Spanning nearly 5 decades of performance, the Temptations became a revolving door of legendary Motown singers including David Ruffin and Dennis Edwards.  Otis Williams was a constant member of the group and became a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

Over the course of their existence, the Temptations  produced 4 number one singles 14 number one R&B singles and 3 Grammy Awards.

Otis Williams and the current Roster of Temptations perform tonight at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren.

I had the pleasure of a conversation with Otis Williams yesterday:

Watch the Temptations perform “Just My Imagination” in 1997!


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