Motown comes to Speedtown! Peabody Auditorium and AEG Presents Motown Legends The Temptations and The Four Tops on January 26 at 7 p.m.
For more than fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, including “The Way You Do the things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep” and “I Wish It Would Rain.” The classic lineup was Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. Beyond the fabulous singing, The Temps became known for smooth stepping and flawless presentations. The current lineup includes Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr.
The Four Tops have been marveling audiences with their infectious blend of pure vocal power and sweet harmonies since 1956, including hits such as "Baby I Need Your Loving,” "Reach Out, I'll Be There," "Standing in the Shadows of Love,” "Bernadette” and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).” The group briefly worked as a trio following Lawrence Payton’s death in 1997, until Theo Peoples, a former Temptation, was recruited to restore the group to a quartet. When Levi Stubbs subsequently grew ill, Peoples became the lead singer and former Motown artist-producer Ronnie McNeir was enlisted to fill Payton’s spot. In 2005, when Renaldo “Obie” Benson died, Payton’s son Roquel replaced him.