The Temptations’ story is an epic journey of courage, struggle, triumphs, setbacks, and ultimately, international superstardom. The genesis and magnitude of their greatness is one of the most extraordinary stories of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Billboard Magazine in 2017 called them the “#1 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of All Time,” and in November of 2019 the magazine named them one of the 125 “Greatest of All Time Artists” in music.
Here’s a brief retrospective of their legendary history and distinguished contributions over the past sixty years. Looking through a rear-view lens, what follows is a celebration of the Temptations’ artistry, legacy, and revered music that will live on for all eternity.