North Central College Fine & Performing Arts

The Temptations perform ‘straight-up soul’ April 1 at North Central College

Published on 3/1/2016

North Central College presents the original Motown vocal machine The Temptations, known for its rich blend of voices and coordinated dance moves.  
The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $75, $65 and $55; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

For more than 50 years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances worldwide. The history of The Temptations is that of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, invented by Berry Gordy, The Temptations began their musical life in Detroit in the early ’60s. With their hit “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” written and produced by Smokey Robinson, The Temptations turned into stars.

When the ’60s and ’70s turned political, The Temptations got serious, changing their tone, dress and music. Producer Norman Whitfield led the way with his Temptations hits, including “Runaway Child,” “Cloud Nine,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Psychedelic Shack.”

Other stellar singers, Richard Street and Ali-Ollie Woodson, added their voices to the group’s growing fame. No matter the change in personnel, The Temptations remained true to their tradition, surviving the whims of fashion, whether disco or techno.

Surviving member changes through the decades didn’t hinder The Temptations, even when they brought their music into the 21st century. In 2001 they released their “freshest, strongest and most appealing” song “Awesome.” In 2005, “Reflections” was released and nominated for a Grammy, bringing The Temptations’ versions of some of Motown’s greatest songs to the world.

“The more we change,” says veteran Ron Tyson, “the more we stay true to ourselves. We’re about singing straight-up soul. It’s a style that will live on forever.”

The Temptations are Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr.

North Central College’s 2015-2016 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Nicor Gas, Advanced Data Technologies, Savant Capital Management, USG Corporation, Monarch Landing, Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund, Illinois Arts Council Agency, DuPage Foundation and Naperville Development Partnership.

This performance is among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and more, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).