Temptations Releases New Song With Smokey Robinson To Commemorate The Band’s 60th Anniversary – BlackPressUSA
This year marks the 60th anniversary celebration of The Temptations, the legendary Grammy Award-winning group known as the “No. 1 R&B Artists of All Time” (Billboard).
And released today their brand new single, “Is it Gonna Be Yes or No”, a duet between the group and the no less legendary Smokey Robinson, the man who delivered their first hits.
The song, also written and produced by Smokey, is a preview of the upcoming album TEMPTATIONS 60.
The single and preview from their 2022 album, Executive Produced by Temptations’ founder and only surviving original member, Dr. Otis Williams, is available, HERE.
Robinson brought in some stellar studio musicians to play on the ballad, including longtime associate Dave Garfield on keyboards, bassist Freddie Washington and drummer Steve Ferrone.
And over the years, Robinson has delivered timeless Temptations classics such as “The Way You Do the Things You Do”, “My Girl”, “Since I Lost My Baby”, “Get Ready” and more. the duo marks the only time he and the Temptations have sung together, with the exception of a recording of “The Christmas Song” in 1989.
“It’s wonderful to be together again. When The Tempts first met Smoke, we were teenagers, young black men from Detroit who had no idea our partnership with Motown would produce ‘My Girl.’ , one of the biggest hits of all time,” says Williams.
“And our success together didn’t stop there. We had hit after hit, and before long our music was being heard around the world. Now, 60 years later, when I’m 80, Smoke and I have come full circle. I never imagined that we would have the opportunity to go back to the studio and do it all over again.
Smokey adds, “When Otis called me up and said, ‘Hey man, we’re doing a new album and we’d like you to do a song, it made me want to work together again. That was it, that’s all it took. I started to write a new song for them, and I was very happy about it, because it had been a long time. When I got to the studio, Otis said, “Man, I want you to sing on this one with us.” So, I said, ‘Oh, okay, I’m very excited about the song, let’s go! You know, it’s just great to work with them, always.
Temptations’ 60th anniversary campaign kicked off this summer and will run through June 2022, in a celebration worthy of one of the most revered and prolific music institutions of all time.
The one-year campaign includes the new album in 2022; a 50-city tour through the end of this year, with more global dates to be announced; remastering of their music videos, including “Standing on the Top” with Rick James and their #1 hit “Stay”; a new series of content; the Imperial Theater reopens on October 16and from the Broadway musical, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, based on the personal journey of Otis Williams which was nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical and won the Tony Award for Best Choreography at the 73rd Tony Awards in June 2019 and whose original cast album was nominated for the GRAMMYs; and celebratory events along the way, including Otis Williams’ 80th birthday on October 30.
Their Emmy-winning TV miniseries, The Temptations, which first aired to rave reviews in 1998, is still airing or streaming daily somewhere in the world.
Williams’ critically acclaimed autobiography Temptations was recently released for the first time as an audiobook, featuring a new introduction by Williams.
History of temptations
The Temptations are one of the most iconic and best-selling brands in entertainment today. Featuring Otis Williams, the founder and sole surviving member of The Temptations, their historic music charts are jaw-dropping, their presence on media platforms has never been stronger, and their popularity continues to rise. More recently, in addition to their dozens of sampled tracks, their hit “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” was used as the basis for the Migos hit, “Avalanche.”
The Temptations were among the first African-American musical artists to cross into mainstream America and appear on popular national television programs, such as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Hollywood Palace in the 1960s. was so striking that these top-rated national programs, and many others, scheduled appearances for the Temptations multiple times in a single year.
At the time, it was an unprecedented achievement for African American artists. The Temptations helped change the face of prime time television and fueled the growth of the performing arts and entertainment world for African American artists forever.
The Temptations ranks No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s most recent list of Greatest R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of All Time, and the group appears on the magazine’s list of the 125 Greatest Artists of All Time. Rolling Stone magazine commented that the Temptations are “Indisputably the greatest black vocal group of the modern era…” and listed the band’s Anthology album as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
The group won four GRAMMY Awards, including Motown’s first-ever statuette, awarded to the Tempts for “Cloud Nine” for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance by a Duo or Group, Vocal or Instrumental in 1969.
The Tempts also received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, while their No. 1 hits “My Girl” and “Daddy Was a Rollin’ Stone” are in the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. The group has been inducted into Rock & Roll, the National Rhythm & Blues Music Halls of Fame, and the Vocal Group Halls of Fame, and they have a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Apollo Theatre.
Throughout the band’s evolution, they have released countless gold, platinum, and multi-platinum chart hits, many of which are considered American masterpieces. They have 16 No. 1 R&B chart albums, 44 Top 10 R&B hits, including 14 No. 1 R&B singles, plus four No. 1 Hot 100 singles.