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8. The Temptations, American vocal group noted for their smooth harmonies and intricate choreography. Recording primarily for Motown Records, they were among the most popular performers of soul music in the 1960s and ’70s. The principal members of the group were Otis Williams (Oct. 30, 1941), Paul Williams (July 2, 1939 - Aug. 17, 1973), Melvin Franklin (Oct. 12, 1942 - Feb. 23, 1995), Eddie Kendricks (Dec. 17, 1939 - Oct. 5, 1992), David Ruffin (Jan. 18, 1941 - June 1, 1991), and Dennis Edwards (Feb. 3, 1943 - Feb. 1, 2018). Originally called the Elgins, the Temptations were formed in 1961 from the coupling of two vocal groups based in Detroit—the Primes, originally from Alabama, and the Distants. That same year they signed with Motown.