Papa was a rolling stone...




The Temptations, originally called The Elgins, is an American band formed in 1960 in Detroit and originally made up of members from 2 rival bands in Detroit, Otis Williams & The Distants and the Primes. Coming from the first group Otis Williams, Elbridge Bryant and Melvin Franklin and the second Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams.


Group that can boast of having ranked no less than 4 titles in the first place of the American Billboard Hot 100 and having also obtained 14 places of No.1 in the Singles R&B chart.


The group released their first track "Oh mother of mine" in 1961, which will go completely unnoticed. This is not the case with "Dream come true" which came out a year later in 1962 and gave the group its first notorious success.


It’s the arrival of Smokey Robinson in 1964, in production and in the management of the group, that will hellishly speed things up. First with the title "The way you do the things you do" which came out the same year and which allowed the group to gain considerable notoriety. A success reinforced by the release in the wake of their first album "Meet the Temptations". An exceptional year 1964 which ended in apotheosis with the release of the title "My girl", title which gave them their first global mega hit.


Success confirmed and amplified in the years that followed with titles like "It's growing" in 1965, "Beauty is only skin deep" in 1966, "You're my everything" in 1967, "Cloud nine" in 1968, "I can 't get next to you" in 1969,"Ball of confusion (That's what the world is today)" in 1970 and "Just my imagination (Running away with me)" in 1971.


In 1972, what will undoubtedly remain one of their Masterpieces, namely the enormous “Papa was a rollin' stone”, a title which contains a unique start of its kind and which will remain as one of the biggest titles of the decade and the end of the twentieth century period.


The group will never be able to match the level of success of this gem in the years that will follow but will experience several notable successes during the 80s with titles such as "Standing on the top Pt.1" in 1982, "Sail away" in 1983, "Treat her like a lady" in 1984 and "I wonder who she's seeing now" in 1987.


The group will even continue the adventure during the 1990s and 2000s, this time with a very relative level of success ...


To discover or rediscover.


Discography (among others ...) :

  • Dream come true 1962

  • The way you do the things you do 1964

  • Girl (Why you wanna make me blue) 1964

  • My girl 1964

  • It’s growing 1965

  • Since I lost my baby 1965

  • My baby 1965

  • Get ready 1966

  • Ain’t to proud to beg 1966

  • Beauty is only skin deep 1966

  • I know (I’m losing you) 1966

  • You’re my everything 1967

  • I wish it would rain 1968

  • I could never love another (After loving you) 1968

  • Cloud nine 1968

  • I’m gonna make you love me 1969

  • I can’t get next to you 1969

  • Psychedelic shack 1970

  • Ball of confusion (That’s what the world is today) 1970

  • Just my imagination (Running away with me) 1971

  • Superstar (Remember how you got where you are) 1971

  • Take a look around 1972

  • Papa was a rolling stone 1972

  • Masterpiece 1973

  • Hey girl (I like your style) 1973

  • Heavenly 1974

  • Happy people 1974

  • Glasshouse 1975

  • Keep holdin’ on 1976

  • In a lifetime 1977

  • Ever ready love 1978

  • Power 1980

  • Take me away 1980

  • Aiming at your heart 1981

  • Standing on the top - Pt.1 1982

  • Sail away 1983

  • Treat her like a lady 1984

  • My love is true (Truly for you) 1985

  • A fine mess 1986

  • I'm fascinated 1986

  • Lady soul 1986

  • To be continued 1986

  • I wonder who she’s seeing me 1987

  • Look what you started 1987

  • Do you wanna go with me 1988

  • All I want from you 1989

  • Soul to soul 1990

  • The Motown song 1991

  • The Jones 1991

  • Hoops of fire 1992

  • Error of our ways 1994

  • Silent night 1995

  • Stay 1998

  • This is my promise 1999



Clips :


1962 ... the beginnings of a bunch of little guys who in a few decades will quite simply become one of the major groups of the end of the 20th century



1964 ... in a style so typical of the 60s, the group crosses the stages of success one after the other and we suspect that at some point something big will happen



1964 ... a BIG year 1964 with a plethora of titles of more than certain quality, all accompanied by an impressive rise in power. Something's going to happen, that's for sure !



1964 ... then THIS title comes ! The title that will literally explode their notoriety and make them one of the biggest planetary phenomena of the moment. MAS-TER-FUL !



1965 ... the group is now carried by an incredible dynamic which is not ready to weaken. And it's gone like that for a few decades !



1965 ... every title that comes out now becomes a notorious success almost instantly. But they are worth it !



1965 ... the number of titles released each year is impressive. One of the best productivity available today, especially since there is almost no waste. All good little guys !



1966 ... 1964 and 1965 were 2 very big years, 1966 will be even stronger. Yes Yes, it's possible. Starting with this title !



1966 ... each title released during this year 1966 will immediately become a global top hit. Little guys literally walk on water !



1966 ... a flood of hits that made them one of the truly essential groups of the moment. A well-deserved consecration !



1966 ... 4 top planetary hits in a single year, quite a feat. This title will not necessarily be the most successful of the 4 but it largely holds up, it's clear



1967 ... slight drop in the level of success in this year 1967 but frankly, nothing to worry about, that's clear. They also can't be on top all the time !



1968 ... business picks up again in this new year. We suspected that with them, the slight air hole would not last very long



1968 ... business resumes but the group struggles to produce a new exceptional title. Of course, quantity is always the order of the day, but the group must not fall asleep on its laurels ...



1968 ... for the year 1968, the 'big' hit of the year, it will be this one. A particularly punchy title as they know how to do it so well !



1969 ... a decade which is drawing to a close and which will have established this group as one of the best of the decade. And when you see what is on the horizon for the next decade, no need to worry about them ...



1969 ... a decade that ended in apotheosis with this new global top hit. The sound of the group is evolving in a flagrant way, which is very reassuring for the rest of the events ...



1970 ... will the 70s allow the group to reach a new level or will there be stagnation, only the future will tell ...



1970 ... we would rather start with a phenomenon of stagnation for the moment. The group still can not reproduce the feat of "My girl". Patience, patience ...



1971 ... this title will not have quite the same level of success of 'My girl' but will approach it more or less. The group delivers an absolutely sumptuous track all in finesse and softness which literally floats in the air. MA-GIC !



1971 ... we go from one extreme to another with this track which spins at the speed of light. An overspeed which will unfortunately penalize the title somewhat ...



1972 ... another big gap and return to the Intimist domain. Once again, the group is showing well above average skills in this area ...



1972 ... then comes the WONDER ! The group is surely delivering one of the most emblematic titles of the decade and of the end of the twentieth century. Half instrumental, half sung, we almost reach perfection. And even if this title is in truth a cover of the title originally interpreted by the Undisputed Truth, it is this version that will go around the world. MAS-TER-PIE-CE !



1973 ... a certain similarity with the previous title but which unfortunately cannot match it. Anyway, this title will also have a nice run in the Charts