The Temptations to play Montana State Fair in Great Falls

The Temptations are coming to Great Falls.

The well known group will take the state July 31 at Pacific Steel and Recycling Arena as part of the night show lineup at the 2018 Montana State Fair.

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For more than fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, and sold-out performances throughout the world.

“The crowds are bigger, the sales are sizzling,” says one industry report. “The outpouring of affection for this super-group has never been greater.”

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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.

Their hit songs include: My Girl, Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone, Just My Imagination and Treat Her Like a Lady.

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. Millions of fans saw their Temptations as cultural heroes.

The current lineup consists of: Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr.

“The more we change,” said veteran Tyson, “the more we stay true to ourselves. We’re about singing straight-up soul. It’s a style that will live on forever.”

“The Temps have always been known for great lead singer’s,” said Williams. “Today we have four of the greatest leads in the proud history of the group.”

“Our challenge,” Williams said, “is to live in the present while respecting the past. Our past is filled with riches only a fool would discard. At the same time, we thrive on competition. As a Motowner, I grew up in the most competitive musical atmosphere imaginable. But we also understand that for a group with history, no matter how glorious that history might be, reinvention is the name of the game.”

Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. April 6.