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Fans can 'Get Ready' for Temptations in concert

November 28, 2003|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

After a couple of weeks of touring in England, the Temptations will return to the United States on Friday, Nov. 28.

They'll be celebrating Thanksgiving near Sherwood Forest - Robin Hood's turf, Otis Williams said in a recent phone interview. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, though, the group will hit The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

Williams, the sole original member still in the group, said he and his fellow Temptations are used to being out on the road.

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They are on tour 38 to 40 weeks a year.

More than 20 different voices have blended to sing the harmonies of the hits that, for many, defined the Motown sound since the Temptations first came together in 1961.

Williams and Melvin Franklin grew up together in Detroit, and along with David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams, connected with the machine that was Motown.

Through the years, the Temptations garnered five platinum albums, a platinum single, 14 gold albums, a dozen gold singles, 16 No. 1 singles, four Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

A few bars of their many hits - "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Ain't to Proud to Beg," "I Wish It Would Rain" - can conjure an era for many fans.

Williams, who's been performing the music for more than 40 years, never tires of it.

"The public enjoys it," he said. "We still enjoy it."

The Temptations feed off their audiences, he added.

The 2003 lineup, Williams, Ron Tyson (since 1983), Terry Weeks (since 1997), G.C. Cameron (2003) and Joe Herndon (since last summer), will be at The Maryland Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

The ensemble will perform some holiday tunes, but fans need not fear.

The hits will be there and so will the legendary harmonies and polished choreography.

Williams described the show as athletic.

The Temptations are still walking "the walk."

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