The Temptations are an American Motown singing group whose repertoire
has included doo-wop, soul, psychedelia, funk, disco, R&B, and adult
contemporary. Formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1960, The Temptations has
always featured five African-American male vocalists/dancers. The
group, known for its finely tuned choreography, distinct harmonies,
and stylish suits, has been said to be as influential to soul as The
Beatles are to rock. Having sold an estimated 22 million albums by
1982, The Temptations are the most successful group in black music
history. In addition, they have the second-longest tenure on Motown
(behind Stevie Wonder), as they were with the label for a total of 40
years: 16 years from 1961 to 1977, and 24 more from 1980 to 2004 (from
1977 to 1980, they were signed to Atlantic Records). As of 2005, The
Temptations continue to perform as an independent act with only one
original member, founder Otis Williams, in its lineup.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Spanish Armada set sail from Lisbon for the English Channel.
The Sierra Club was founded in San Francisco by environmentalist John
Japanese forces led by Admiral Togo Heihachiro destroyed the Russian
Baltic Fleet and won the Battle of Tsushima, the decisive naval battle
in the Russo-Japanese War.
Alan Turing submitted "On Computable Numbers, with an Application to
the Entscheidungsproblem" for publication.
A newspaper article by Peter Benenson started a letter-writing
campaign that grew and became Amnesty International.
Wikiquote of the day:
"We have gotten some terrible reviews at times but if we depended on
the judgment of the studios or critics, we never would have made more
than one movie." -- Ismail Merchant