Let Me “Tempt” You

It’s time to focus on one of the best-selling groups of the 60s and 70s. No, I am not talking about the Rolling Stones, Beach Boys or Chicago.

I’m talking about The Temptations – the quintessential Motown vocal group which placed thirty-seven singles on the Billboard Top 40, with four of them reaching #1.
On the R&B singles chart, the group scored a record seventy-one Top 40 singles, with fourteen of those reaching #1.
The seven songs included on this medley only scratches the surface of their musical output.

While you’re listening, pay attention to the legendary bass guitar work of James Jamerson, a member of Motown’s Funk Brothers house band. In my opinion, he was the greatest bass player ever born.

Memories … That’s What We’re All About

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The Temptations Medley

Comments (8)

  1. Don Doyle

    Ray whenever I hear the Temptations the first things that come to mind are the suits and the footwork. They always looked so sharp, in their iridescent, sharkskin suits that were perfectly tailored, wow. They were inspiring in their fashion sense. In addition to being perfectly dressed, they could dance! What’s the saying about walking and chewing gum at the same time? They were Amazing! (and this coming from a guy with two left feet). Now the music, they had the ability to mix in social commentary in the songs and not sound “preachy”. They were the whole package.
    Regarding the Funk Brothers, have you seen the excellent documentary about them? It is so interesting and well done.
    It’s only Tuesday and it appears you are pulling out all the stops this week. Can’t wait until Wednesday. Thank you Ray, you did it again, my feet are still taping. I hope things are settling down for you. The vibes are still flowing North. Rock on, Brother.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      The Temptations danced? 😉 Just kidding, they really were amazing. To sing like that while performing the incredible choreography had to hard as hell but they made it look effortless. And yeah, they could sing a little. 🙂
      That Funk Brothers documentary was just as great as the Wrecking Crew film. Both gave wonderful insight into how the music all came together.
      Things are settling down a bit. My brother’s wife lost him on Father’s Day this year and she lost her brother on Thanksgiving Day. On top of that, Wendy lost her mother-in-law on Erin’s birthday. That woman was an angel on earth and now she will keep her incredible spirit alive in Heaven.
      I thank you for the vibes. I can feel them.

      1. Don Doyle

        I am so sorry for your losses Ray. At times it just seems like the whole world is collapsing. In 2006 I lost my Dad, my wife’s twin sister and my sister-in-law’s brother in just 10 days. It was horrible. I know what you are going through.. please accept my most sincere condolences. I will keep your family in my prayers. Stay strong.

        1. Ray (Post author)

          Thank you, Don. You are a very good man.

  2. Wendyl

    Being able to tune in today was just what I needed. I look forward to catching up on those I missed. I can hear you telling me not to worry about it but I WANT to because music keeps me smiling! 🙂

    Thank you for your kind words on the loss of my mother in law on my daughter’s bday…a whirlwind of emotions for sure. She loved you guys. 🙂 XOXOXOXO

    1. Ray (Post author)

      But you know I HAVE to tell you not to worry about it because that’s my job. 🙂 ❤️
      I am so sorry for your loss. She had the most beautiful and warm smile.

  3. Pat Conant

    Sorry to hear about all your losses, this year, Ray. May you and your family find peace in your memories. Love the Temptations and My Girl is my favorite.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Pat. ❤️
      It’s been a tough year for everyone. All we can do is keep moving on.
      I saved your favorite Temptations song for the end. 🙂


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