Southwest Arkansas Radio
A legendary vocal group will be performing soon in Hope. The Temptations will be performing at Hempstead Hall on Sat., Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for as low as $22. The vocal group formed in 1960 and are best known for their success with Motown records in the 60s and 70s. Otis Williams is the only original member who remains in the line-up today.
Over the decades the group has released a number of hits including ‘My Girl,’ ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,’ and ‘Get Ready.’ The current line-up is made up of Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, and new members Willie Greene Jr. (bass) and Larry Braggs (tenor). Their music can be described as a combination of genres, primarily consisting of R&B, soul, funk, doo-wop and rock and roll.
The music industry continues to change and Williams says the biggest issue for him has been the distasteful language in songs.
“I listen to a lot of records and they are very explicit, it makes me reflect back on when we started recording and the things that we would not be able to say. I’m not that impressed with some of the songs I hear on the radio. I’m from the school where we produced great songs, which are still being celebrated 50 years later. Motown just turned out a body of work that is undeniable as far as quality of work, longevity, for the possibility of others reproducing this music. I don’t think any of the stage performers would want to do some of the music I hear today.”
Williams said when making new music, the key is to have great song content and lyrics that will appeal to everyone. He quoted Berry Gordy as saying that the mark of a great song is having a great melody that will lay in the sub-conscious after it is heard. Williams said he would consider collaborating with other artists on new music and really enjoys the works of John Legend, Michael McDonald, and Beyonce.
Williams is originally from Texarkana, he still has some cousins and friends that live there, and occasionally visits his hometown.
For complete details about the show or to purchase tickets, visit hempsteadhall.com or call 870-722-8565.