Just My Imagination – The Temptations


The number one song on March 30, 1971 was “Just My Imagination” by the Temptations.

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,” “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 Temptation Walk became a staple of American style, Flair, flash and class.   Millions of fans saw their Temptations as cultural heroes.

When the sixties and seventies turned political, the Temps got serious.   They changed their tone, dress and music. Producer Norman Whitfield led the way.   His Temptations hits, many featuring Dennis Edwards who had replaced David Ruffin, burned with intensity. “Runaway Child,” “Cloud Nine,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Psychedelic Shack” still smolder.

This song, Just My Imagination, is just another one of the worthy songs listed here for…”those who have ears to hear”…

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