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Temptations, Four Tops coming to Pala

25 October 2013

PALA, Calif. -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- In the history of pop, R&B and soul music, no two singing groups have played a more pivotal role than The Temptations and The Four Tops.

In a one-of-a-kind show, both will appear on the same stage at 8 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2014 in the Events Center at Pala Casino Resort and Spa.

An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine created by Berry Gordy, the Temptations began their musical life in 1961 in Detroit. But, it wasn’t until 1964 that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” turned them into stars. An avalanche of hits followed including “My Girl,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Get Ready,” “Too Proud to Beg,” “I Wish It Would Rain” and many more. Otis Williams, an original Temp in 1961, is still there. Today he is joined by Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson.

The Four Tops had been a popular singing group in Detroit since the mid 1950s. In 1964, they joined Motown and cut some of its most memorable singles including “Baby, I Need Your Loving,” “I Can’t Help Myself,” “It’s the Same Old Song,” “Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” “Standing in the Shadows of Love,” and “Bernadette.” Of the group’s original members, only Duke Fakir survives. Today, he is joined by Theo Peoples (a former Temp), Lawrence Payton, Jr., the son of founding member Lawrence Payton, and Ronnie McNair.

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