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Stamford, CT (PRWEB) December 28, 2012
Stamford Center for the Arts continues its stellar season with R&B legends The Temptations and The Four Tops on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM at the Palace Theatre in Stamford. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.SCAlive.org. An integral part of the Motown machine in the 60s, The Temptations and The Four Tops brought that smooth R&B sound into pop music and created some of the most recognizable songs in music history, including The Way You Do the Things You Do, My Girl, Baby I Need Your Lovin, I Cant Help Myself and many more. The 2012-2013 season is made possible through the generosity of SCAs Season Sponsors Seaboard Properties, Inc. and The Whittingham Family.
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 wasnt 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 My Girl, Its Growing, Since I Lost My Baby, Get Ready, Aint Too Proud to Beg, Beauty Is Only Skin Deep, and I Wish It Would Rain.
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. Millions of fans saw The Temptations as cultural heroes.
During the sixties and seventies, The Temps changed their sound to reflect the political turmoil of the era. Producer Norman Whitfield led the way. His Temptations hits, many featuring Dennis Edwards who had replaced David Ruffin, burned with intensity, such as Runaway Child, Cloud Nine, I Cant Get Next to You, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, and Psychedelic Shack.
The current lineup consists of Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson. The more we change, says veteran Ron Tyson, the more we stay true to ourselves. Were about singing straight-up soul. Its a style that will live on forever.
The Four Tops first Motown hit Baby I Need Your Loving in 1964 made them stars. Their songs, soulful and bittersweet, were across-the-board successes: I Cant Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch), a no. 1 R&B and Pop smash in 1965, is one of Motowns longest-running chart toppers; it was quickly followed by a longtime favorite, Its The Same Old Song. Their commercial peak was highlighted by a romantic trilogy: Reach Out Ill Be There, Standing In The Shadows Of Love and Bernadette.
The Four Tops kept up a string of hits with ABC-Dunhill in the 70s: Aint No Woman (Like the One Ive Got), Keeper of the Castle, Are You Man Enough (from the movie Shaft In Africa), Sweet Understanding Love, One Chain Dont Make No Prison (later covered by Santana), Midnight Flower and the disco perennial Catfish.
The Tops were at #1 again in 1980 with When She Was My Girl, making them one of the few groups to have hits in three consecutive decades. They also scored R&B Top 40s with the ballads Tonight Im Gonna Love You All Over and I Believe In You and Me, the original version of the 1996 Whitney Houston smash hit.
In 1990, with 24 Top 40 pop hits to their credit, the Four Tops were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Though they would no longer have hits on record, the group continued to be a hit in concert, touring incessantly, a towering testament to the enduring legacy of the Motown sound they helped shape and define.
For Rolling Stones 2004 article The Immortals The Greatest Artists of All Time, Smokey Robinson remembered: They were the best in my neighborhood in Detroit when I was growing up (and) The Four Tops will always be one of the biggest and the best groups ever. Their music is forever."
Tickets for The Temptations and The Four Tops on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. are $75, $65, & $50 (plus SCA handling charges) and are on sale now at http://www.SCAlive.org, charge by phone with major credit cards by calling the SCA Box Office at 203-325-4466 or in person at the Palace Theatre Box Office in downtown Stamford, CT. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 10am to 6pm.
For additional information visit the SCA website at http://www.SCAlive.org or call 203-325-4466.
About the Stamford Center for the Arts
The vision of the Stamford Center for the Arts is to be the regional arts center for exciting entertainment that enhances and enriches the cultural, educational, economic, and social life of the community. The SCA strives to achieve this vision by demonstrating integrity in all work and relationships, providing service and quality in all activities, fostering and promoting diversity of thought, ideas and culture, providing stewardship for the Stamford Arts community, emphasizing outreach in our community, and offering creativity in all endeavors. Major funding is provided by the Department of Economic & Community Development.
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