It was around this time in 1961 that a group of five young men formed a singing group called The Elgins. They were good, so good that Berry Gordy signed them to a contract at Motown. Trouble was, there was already a group called The Elgins, so Gordy asked them to find a new name.
That’s when they became The Temptations. Their leader and founder was baritone Otis Williams.
And over the next five decades, the temptations establish themselves as one of the most popular and most enduring soul music acts.
In 1988, Williams wrote a book that was part memoir, part story of The Temptations. And that’s when I had the chance to meet him .
So here now, from 1988, Otis Williams.
Otis Williams is 80 now. He still performs occasionally with the Temptations.
She was born into what would become one of America’s most famous music families.
La Toya Jackson is the fifth, and middle, child in the Jackson family. Less well-known than the Jackson Five or little brother Michael, La Toya carved out her own place in pop culture, as a singer and songwriter.
But little by little America learned about the private side of the Jackson family, the side the fan magazines didn’t want to write about. It was a a story of domestic abuse.
I met La Toya in 1992, after her bestselling memoir “La Toya” was published.
So here now, from 1992, La Toya Jackson.
La Toya Jackson will be 65 later this month. Her last music release was an EP album in 2011.