Otis Williams is an amazing man. As one of the founding members he was part of the golden years at Motown when he and the Temptations saw an unbreakable string of hits.
Along with Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Martha and the Vandellas, Mary Wells, and so many more, fought back at the music of the British invasion that was dominating the charts.
Otis wrote a best selling book about the group and Motown, which was later turnied into a highly rated made for tv movie. Tune in VH1 almost any weekend and you’ll see it – if you haven’t already.
In spite of celebrating his 74th birthday today, Otis Williams is still spinning, stepping, and making the moves we all come to see when the Temptations are in concert.
And God bless him for that.
Between 1962 and 1998, The Temps placed 60 singles on the Billboard chart including four that reached #1: ‘My Girl’, ‘I Can’t Get Next To You’, ‘Just My Imagination’, and ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’.
A few years ago, I spoke with Otis who gave me a primer of the group – and Motown.
Happy Birthday Otis – and many more.