They’re famous now, but the Temptations weren’t always iconic. At first, they were even called “The Hitless Temptations!” Their first major hit wasn’t until their 12th single – “My Girl.”
But they never let go once they got the spotlight.
They made absolutely sure to stay true to their roots. They were formed in Detroit in the 1960s, during a time of turmoil and sweeping social changes. And throughout their career, they never lost this edge.
Their songs always had messages about racism, war, poverty, and social issues, in addition to the love ballads for which they became known best. But it couldn’t be just about the message.
They also had something else up their sleeves.
The Temptations never let white supremacy and the rampant Jim Crow-era ways stop them. Once during a show in Kentucky, some angry whites tried to shoot up a concert they were playing with The Four Tops.
But they were prepared to defend themselves and shot right back!
By staying true to their roots and refusing to be stopped by white supremacy, the Temptations continued making well-regarded music for over fifty years. No matter the pressures or circumstances we face, remembering these two lessons can help all of us lead successful lives!