With the possible exceptions of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and Diana Ross and The Supremes, no other act from Motown's golden age was as influential on pop music in the '60s and early '70s as The Temptations.
After scoring their first No. 1 hit in 1965 with the Robinson-penned "My Girl," The Temptations reeled off 14 more Top 10 pop singles, including classics such as "(I Know) I'm Losing You" (1967), "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" (1971) and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (1972) before a myriad of interpersonal problems took its toll on the group in the early '70s.
Vocalist David Ruffin, who sang lead on "My Girl," was ousted in 1968, reportedly over his colossal ego, and first tenor/falsetto Eddie Kendricks (who sang lead on "Imagination") would leave the band for a solo career in 1971, scoring his own No. 1 hit with "Keep on Truckin' " in 1973.
The Temptations have gone through several lineup changes since, with tenor Otis Williams being the only original member of the group, but the band can still sing the sweet harmonies that have made them one of the finest vocal groups in rock history.
Who: The Temptations, with special guests The Four Tops
When: 8 p.m. today
Where: Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Information: (602) 267-1600 or celebritytheatre.com