The Temptations Show


About The Temptations Show

(1969, Syndicated)  

The Temptations were variety show regulars throughout the 1960s. So it made sense that the R&B quintet would headline their own special, produced in July of 1969 by Motown Productions.

This program features vocalist Dennis Edwards in one of his early TV appearances with The Temptations, joining bandmates Paul Williams, Otis Williams, Eddie Kendricks, and Melvin Franklin. (The 1969 album Cloud Nine was the first with Edwards replacing David Ruffin, who left the previous year.)

The special opens with The Temptations performing “Get Ready” along with their guests, George Kirby and Kaye Stevens. Next is a string of hits, as the Tempts trade lead vocals to the delight of the live audience. Paul Williams sings “I’ve Got To Be Me,” Edwards takes the lead on “Cloud Nine” and Kaye Stevens sings “For Once In My Life” and joins the guys for “Try It Baby.” Kirby belts a soulful “Glory, Glory (Lay My Burden Down)” followed by Franklin’s solo of “Ol’ Man River” and a comic medley that includes “If I Didn’t Care.”  The show concludes with a group rendition of “Runaway Child, Running Wild.”

Unavailable on DVD, The Temptations Show offers a rare opportunity to see the R&B legends perform a live, nightclub-style revue at the height of their popularity.

Notable guest stars: George Kirby, Kaye Stevens   

Produced by Jackie Barnett