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Williams, Otis.
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Updated edition, first Cooper Square Press edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Cooper Square Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
268 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"An unabridged republication of the edition first published in New York in 1988, with the addition of a new chapter"--T.p. verso.

Includes discography (p. 245-267).
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ML421.T43 W5 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Temptations were the most commercially successful and critically lauded male vocal group of the Sixties and Seventies. Through the years, the group's trademark razor-sharp choreography, finely tuned harmonies, and compelling vocals made them the exemplars of the Motown style. This is the frank, revealing story of the legendary supergroup, told by its founder, Otis Williams.

Author Notes

Otis Williams is a founding member of the original Temptations, as well as its only surviving member. He lives in Woodland Hills, CA, near Los Angeles. Patricia Romanowski co-wrote Supreme Faith with Mary Wilson. She lives in Baldwin, Long Island, NY.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

With Romanowski, coauthor of Vanna Speaks , Williams, founder of the Temptations, a blues group that sang its way to the top of the charts in the 1960s, tells a vivid story of good times and bad: Motown's super group has been plagued by violent quarrels, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide. The Temptations have often been on the verge of falling apart, but Williams, according to the authors, has always been able to pull them together again, even to pick up the pieces of their troubled relationship with Motown founder Berry Gordy. Among other tidbits, the book provides illuminating insights into the famous ``Motown U,'' where singers were instructed in charm and deportment as well as musical skills. The group is still going strong, though membership has changed over the years, and Williams writes as a man who is proud of having kept it alive for so long. Photos not seen by PW. (September) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved