The Temptations

In 1961, Detroit met Alabama head on when Otis Williams met singers Melvin Franklin, Eldridge Bryant and Alabama natives Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams. They formed a group called the Elgins. As a new group in Detroit, they struggled for success and recognition until they signed to Motown Records and changed their name to The Temptations. They released their first smash hit The Way You Do The Things You Do followed by their first number one hit, My Girl. 1964 marks one of the most important years in American history with the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It was also the birth of American pop music with the introduction of number one hit songs from both the Beatles (I want to hold your Hand) and the Temptations (My Girl). [+]