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Otis Williams
Otis Williams (second from right), with the Temptations in 1967.
Otis Williams (second from right), with the Temptations in 1967.
Background information
Birth name Otis Miles
Born October 30, 1941; Texarkana, Texas, USA
Origin Detroit, Michigan, USA
Genre(s) R&B, pop, soul, disco
Occupation(s) Singer, Dancer
Instrument(s) Singing
Years active 1958 - present
Label(s) Motown, Atlantic
Associated
acts
The Temptations

Otis Williams (born Otis Miles, Jr. on October 30, 1941, in Texarkana, Texas) is an American second tenor/baritone singer and a soul and R&B songwriter and record producer. Williams is the leader of the Temptations, a group he co-founded in early 1960 as The Elgins, and in which he continues to perform as the sole surviving original member. The Temptations circa 1967, from the cover to Temptations: Gold (2005). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... October 30 is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 62 days remaining. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Water tower in Texarkana. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Government  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area  - City  143. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... The soul, acording to many religious and philosophical traditions, is a self-aware ethereal substance particular to a unique living being. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... The Temptations (often abbreviated as The Tempts or The Temps) are an American Motown singing group whose repertoire has included doo-wop, soul, psychedelia, funk, disco, R&B, and adult contemporary. ... October 30 is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 62 days remaining. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Water tower in Texarkana. ... In music, a tenor is a male singer with a high voice. ... Baritone (French: baryton; Deutsch: Bariton; Italian: baritono) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... The Classic 5 lineup of the Temptations, circa 1965. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


Biography

Otis Miles was the son of Hazel Louise Williams and the elder Otis Miles and was primarily raised by his grandmothers in the town of Texarkana, Texas. At age 12, his mother moved him to Detroit to live with her and his new stepfather Edgar, and he began using his mother's last name at this time. Water tower in Texarkana. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor...


Williams became interested in music as a teenager and put together a number of singing groups, among them Otis Williams and the Siberians, the El Domingoes, and the Distants. The Distants had a local hit, co-written by Williams and manager/producer Johnnie Mae Matthews, called "Come On," with lead vocals by Richard Street. Future Distants recordings were not as successful, and after an offer from Berry Gordy of Motown Records, Williams and his friends/bandmates Elbridge "Al" Bryant and Melvin Franklin quit The Distants. Williams, Bryant, and Franklin later joined Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams (no relation to Otis), formerly of the Primes, to create the Elgins, who signed to Motown in March 1961 as the Temptations. A separate article is about the punk band called The Adolescents. ... Richard Street (top right corner) on the cover of the 1984 Temptations LP Truly for You. ... Berry Gordy, Jr. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Elbridge Al Bryant (September 28, 1939 - October 26, 1975) was an African American tenor singer, one of the founding members of Motown singing group The Temptations. ... Melvin Franklin (David Melvin English) (October 12, 1942 – February 23, 1995) was an American bass singer, best known for his role as a member of Motown singing group The Temptations from 1961 to 1994. ... Eddie Kendricks, on the cover of his 1981 album Love Keys. ... Paul Williams (July 2, 1939 – August 17, 1973) was an American second tenor/baritone singer. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ...


The Temptations eventually became the most successful act in black music over the course of its nearly five-decade existence, over which time notable singers such as David Ruffin, Dennis Edwards, former Distant Richard Street, Damon Harris, Ron Tyson, Ali-Ollie Woodson, Theo Peoples, Ray Davis and G.C. Cameron have all been members. In fact, the group's lineup changes were so frequent, stressful and troublesome that Williams and Melvin Franklin promised each other they would never quit the group. Franklin remained in the group until in 1994 he was physically incapable of doing so, and Williams is still in the group to this day. With Franklin's death on February 23, 1995, at the age of 53, Otis Williams is the last surviving original member of the Temptations quintet. David Ruffin (Davis Eli Ruffin) (January 18, 1941 – June 1, 1991) was an American soul singer most famous for his work as lead singer of The Temptations from 1964 to 1968. ... Dennis Edwards (born February 3, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American soul and R&B singer, most noted for being one of Motown act The Temptations lead singers. ... Richard Street (top right corner) on the cover of the 1984 Temptations LP Truly for You. ... Damon Harris (born Otis Robert Harris, Jr. ... Ron Tyson (bottom right corner) on the cover of the 1984 Temptations LP Truly for You. ... Ali=Ollie Woodson (far right in middle row, in red shirt) on the cover of the 1984 Temptations LP Truly for You. ... Theo Peoples is an African-American R&B/soul singer. ... Raymond Ray Davis (born March 29, 1940 in Sumter, South Carolina - died July 5, 2005 New Brunswick, New Jersey) was the original bass singer and one of the founding members of The Parliaments, Parliament and Funkadelic. ... George Curtis G.C. Cameron (born in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American soul and R&B singer. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Williams is the co-author, with Patricia Romanowski, of Temptations, a 1988 book that served as both his autobiography/memoirs and a history of the group. In 1998, Temptations was later adapted into a NBC television miniseries, The Temptations. Over the years fan opinion of Williams has been mixed, with some criticizing him for what they perceive as jealous insults against his former bandmates in his books while others defend him for simply trying to be honest about the problems that the group suffered. 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cover of An autobiography, from the Greek auton, self, bios, life and graphein, write, is a biography written by the subject or composed conjointly with a collaborative writer (styled as told to or with). The term dates from the late eighteenth century, but the form is much older. ... A memoir, as a literary genre, forms a sub-class of autobiography. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... The Temptations was a four-hour television miniseries broadcast in two-hour halves on NBC, based upon the history of one of Motown’s longest-lived acts, The Temptations. ...


Although he has served the longest tenure in the Temptations, Williams very rarely sings lead, focusing instead on his role as the group's leader and organizer, and as the background "tenor in the middle." The Smokey Robinson-penned "Don't Send Me Away" on The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul (1967) is a rare showcase for Williams singing lead. In the past, Williams has been romanticaly linked with Patti LaBelle and Supremes singer Florence Ballard. William Smokey Robinson, Jr. ... The Temptations with a Lot o Soul is a 1967 album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label, widely considered the best of the albums from their classic 5 era, during which David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, and Otis Williams constituted the Temptations lineup. ... Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holt on May 24, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a legendary R&B/soul singer who fronted two very successful groups, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and Labelle, which completely changed and birthed a new era of womens music and, in the process, has... Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman, nicknamed Flo or Blondie, (June 30, 1943 – February 22, 1976) was an American singer, best known as the founder and one of the original lead singers of the Motown act The Supremes. ...


References

  • Williams, Otis and Romanowski, Patricia (1988, updated 2002). Temptations. Lanham, MD: Cooper Square. ISBN 081-541218-5.

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