WHO: The Temptations, appearing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Pops Series kickoff
WHEN: Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Kleinhans Music Hall
ADMISSION: $20 to $62
The Temptations don't have the same lineup they had when, in the early '60s, they sashayed out on stage for the first time. Otis Williams is the only founding member left. But the group's style and attitude continue. Their songs do, too.
So numerous are the Temptations' hits that it's tempting to divide them into categories. The first wave, which came out in the '60s, would include "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "My Girl," "You're My Everything" and "I Can't Get Next to You." The next batch, dating from just a few years later, would comprise "Just My Imagination," "Psychedelic Shack," "Runaway Child, Running Wild" and "Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down."
It stands as a tribute to the Temptations that pretty much everyone, even people who don't consider themselves fans of Motown music, can hum at least half of these songs. The tunes have become part of the American consciousness, along with the slick choreography and fine harmonies that are the band's trademarks. Regarded as the definitive male vocal group of the '60s, the Temptations raised Motown music to a new level of elegance.
The band's current lineup consists of Williams, Ron Tyson, Barrington "Beau" Henderson, Harry McGilberry and Terry Weeks. When they walk their famous Temptations walk out onto the stage at Kleinhans Music Hall, they'll be celebrating the opening of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's new pops season.
Assistant Conductor Ron Spigelman will conduct.
-- Mary Kunz