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 once they got the spotlight, they never let go – because they kept two things in mind.
First, 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 they were best known for.
But it couldn’t all be just about the message – they also had something else up their sleeves.
They always prioritized putting on an amazingly entertaining show. Their immaculate dress, choreography, and vocals have forever influenced music across genres. From RnB to pop music, their style has been a driving creative force globally, even influencing current world-famous Korean pop bands like BTS.
By pursuing excellence and staying true to their roots, the Temptations continued making well-regarded music for 50+ years. No matter the pressures or struggles we face, those two lessons might be the key for all of us to a successful life and career!