A Temptation who’s plenty proud of ‘Ain’t Too Proud’

As the last surviving member of the “classic five” lineup of the great, long-running Motown act the Temptations, Otis Williams still gets old-fashioned fan mail. He recently heard from a woman who implored him to call her mother, a lifelong fan.

He called the number. “The first thing out of her mouth, she said, ‘I asked God not to take me just yet. I got to talk to Otis Williams!’ ”

As the woman explained how much the Temptations’ songs — “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” on and on — meant to her, Williams found himself welling up with tears.

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