Is it just my imagination (running away with me) or are two legendary Motown groups performing in Savannah this week? Well, you’ll be on “Cloud 9” to know that The Temptations and The Four Tops are bringing a trunk load of unforgettable hits Ma7 6 to the Johnny Mercer Theatre.
The Temptations and The Four Tops are foundations of the history of Motown, R&B, and popular music in general. There are dozens of hits between the two groups that span over four decades. Both acts were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The Temptations are one of the most popular and successful male vocal groups of all time. The five men had silky voices, but were just as well known for their smooth dance moves and sharp fashion sense. The Temptations scored their first chart-topper in 1964 with the Smokey Robinson-penned “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” quickly followed by a string of other hits, including “My Girl,” “Growing,” “Since I lost My Baby” and “Ain’t too Proud to Beg.”
In the late ’60s, The Temptations dropped the classy suits, donned more colorful clothes, and pioneered a funkier socio-political style of music dubbed psychedelic soul. Hits from this period include “Runaway Child,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Psychedelic Shack” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.”
They continued to churn out hits throughout the ’70s and ’80s and in 1998, the NBC biographical miniseries “The Temptations” earned an Emmy, leading to their music hitting heavy rotation again.
The lineup has changed over the years, but the singers have always been some of the best in the business. Amazingly, The Temptations still retain one of their founding members, baritone Otis Williams.
And just in time for Sunday’s performance, The Temptations are dropping a new album, “All The Time,” on May 4, featuring reworkings of songs by John Mayer, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, and The Weeknd. It is even available on limited-edition white vinyl.
The Four Tops
The Four Tops formed in 1954 and helped establish the signature Motown sound with songs like “Baby, I Need Your Loving” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).”
In 1988, they recorded “Indestructible” which became the theme to that year’s Summer Olympics.
And in case you forgot, The Four Tops’ baritone, Levi Stubbs, was the voice of Audrey II in the film version of “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Although many members have passed away, founding member Abdul “Duke” Fakir is still in the group and continues to entertain audiences around the world.