INDIO, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Two iconic bands that have stood the test of time will display their talents on stage at the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. On Saturday, January 19th the Temptations and the Four Tops will prove why they have become cultural heroes to their millions of fans.
For more than forty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world.
The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn’t until 1964, however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced “The Way You Do the Things You Do” turned the guys into stars.
An avalanche of hits followed, many of which - ”My Girl,” for instance - attained immortality. “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” . . . the hits kept coming.
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 Temptations Walk became a staple of American style. Flair, flash and class.
Another group that helped define the Motown sound of the 1960s was the quartet known as the Four Tops. They have been labeled as “The Immortals” by Rolling Stone Magazine. The Four Tops are the story of four powerful voices and four powerful friendships. The founding members of the Four Tops, Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton, performed together for more than four decades, building their harmonies, chart-topping songs and success on the foundation of a friendship that began as teenagers.
It was in 1954, at a high-school party in Detroit, when the group was urged by partygoers to provide some impromptu entertainment. The synergy was obvious, immediate and strong. The quartet decided to start performing and called themselves The Four Aims (Aiming for the Top). Their popularity grew as they performed at small clubs all over Detroit, honing their act while singing jazz and standards, and gaining popularity for their pure harmonies and polished performances.
Over the years their repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, hard rock and show tunes. They turned out dozens of chart-topping hits including “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” “It’s the Same Old Song” and “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I Got.”
Tickets for the 8PM Temptations and Four Tops performance go on sale Friday, November 2nd for $59, $49, $29 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via telephone (800) 827-2946 or online at www.FantasySpringsResort.com.
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