Chester, W.Va. - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature legendary Motown and R&B group, The Temptations, in one exciting show in The Harv on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, the Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. An avalanche of hits followed, such as: "The Way You Do the things You Do," "My Girl," "It's Growing," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Get Ready," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep," "I Wish It Would Rain," Runaway Child," "Cloud Nine," "I Can't Get Next to You," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone", and "Psychedelic Shack"
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 Temptation Walk became a staple of American style, Flair, flash and class. Millions of fans saw their Temptations as cultural heroes.
Other stellar singers - Richard Street, Ali-Ollie Woodson - joined, adding their luster to the group's growing fame.
No matter the change in personnel, the Temptations remained true to the Temptations tradition. They survived the whims of fashion, whether disco or techno, and stuck to their guns.
"Great singing," says Otis Williams, "will always prevail."
For more than fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world. Today, the stellar Temps line-up consists of Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon, and Bruce Williamson.
"The more we change," says veteran Ron Tyson, "the more we stay true to ourselves. We're about singing straight-up soul. It's a style that will live on forever."
"The Tempts have always been known for great lead singers," says Williams. "Today we have three of the greatest leads in the proud history of the group."
"Our challenge," says Williams, "is to live in the present while respecting the past. Our past is filled with riches only a fool would discard. At the same time, we thrive on competition. As a Motowner, I grew up in the most competitive musical atmosphere imaginable. But we also understand that for a group with history, no matter how glorious that history might be, reinvention is the name of the game."
"When I tell people we are God's group," says Otis, "I don't mean it arrogantly. It's just that we have been tested time and time again and keep coming back. We have suffered the deaths of so many legendary singers . . Paul Williams, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin. Others like Dennis Edwards, Richard Street, Ali-Ollie Woodson and Theo Peoples have left, and yet our unity is tighter, our sound brighter and our popularity greater. Someone has watched over this group. Someone has protected our integrity. Someone has said . . just go on singing and it'll get better."
The Temptations will perform at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. in The Harv. Tickets are general admission by section and start at just $20. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at MOREatMountaineer.com, etix.com, at Mountaineer's players club or by calling 800-80-40-HOT(800-804-0468) Ext. 8297.