Some music artists have received both accolades from the industry and more personal, amazing honors. The Temptations – pioneers in the psychedelic genre of soul music with their innovative songs – are not strangers to both. Detroit’s Motown legends were named No. 1 position on Billboard’s Greatest R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of All Time list, which is an incredible honor, but the response and love they’ve received from their fans has proven to be even more magical and humbling.
“I’ve had people say ‘When I die, put a Temptations album in my coffin,’” Otis Williams, the only surviving, original member of The Temptations, has shared. “When we started singing, we didn’t know our music would be that impactful.”
Williams told of receiving a letter from a fan asking him to contact their mother. “So I called. The mother came on the phone and the first thing she said was, ‘I asked God not to take me until I talked to Otis Williams.’ She was holding on. Moves me to tears now.”
Since 1960, the group — including its original lineup of Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks and Elbridge “Al” Bryant, plus “Classic Five” member…