Ain't Too Proud: The Life And Times Of The Temptations (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Original Broadway Cast Of Aint Too Proud
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- 1The Way You Do the Things You Do02:40
- 2Run Away Child, Running Wild03:30
- 4In the Still of the Night / Speedo02:48
- 6I Want A Love I Can See02:01
- 7My Girl03:34
- 8Get Ready01:42
- 9Supremes Medley: You Can’t Hurry Love / Come See About Me / Baby Love02:33
- 10Since I Lost My Baby04:52
- 11Ain’t Too Proud To Beg01:47
- 12Don’t Look Back / You’re My Everything02:11
- 13If I Could Build My Whole World Around You02:00
- 14If You Don’t Know Me By Now02:11
- 15(I Know) I'm Losing You03:03
- 16I Wish It Would Rain02:32
- 17I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)02:17
- 18I Can’t Get Next To You03:18
- 19I’m Gonna Make You Love Me02:37
- 21Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)02:15
- 22Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)03:11
- 23Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)01:31
- 24For Once In My Life02:31
- 25Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone (Pt. 1)01:05
- 26Cloud Nine03:20
- 27Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone (Pt. 2)05:00
- 28What Becomes of the Brokenhearted03:32
- 29I Can’t Get Next To You (Finale)01:35
Info for Ain't Too Proud: The Life And Times Of The Temptations (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
AIN'T TOO PROUD is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations' extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. The rest is history — how they met, the groundbreaking heights they hit and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest.
The cast album is a 29-track showcase of the Temptations’ most-loved Motown hits, from the early years of ‘My Girl,’ ‘Get Ready’ and ‘The Way You Do The Things You Do’ to the group’s psychedelic soul era of ‘Cloud Nine,’ ‘Ball Of Confusion’ and ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone.’
After breaking house records at both Berkeley Rep and The Kennedy Center, AIN'T TOO PROUD, written by three‑time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two‑time Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), and featuring choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, On Your Feet), now brings the untold story of this legendary quintet to irresistible life on Broadway. Get ready — 'cause here they come!
55 years ago, The Temptations released their first Motown album, 1964's Meet The Temptations. For nearly 60 years, The Temptations have reigned as one of popular music's most beloved and successful groups worldwide, lauded by Billboard in 2017 as the Number One R&B Artist of All Time. The Temptations rose to the top of the charts with 16 Number One R&B albums and 43 Top Ten R&B hit songs across four decades, including 14 Number One singles. Their hits "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," and "Get Ready" are timeless, iconic classics, while the group's later forays into funk and psychedelia, including "Cloud Nine" and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," are just as influential. The group is one of Rolling Stone's '100 Greatest Artists of All Time,' and MOJO celebrated them in 2017, saying "the music now sounds more mind-blowing than ever."
The Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999, and into the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2013, the same year they were honored with the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award®. Winner of four GRAMMY Awards, they received Motown's first-ever GRAMMY in 1969 for "Cloud Nine." A two-part, scripted miniseries on the group, broadcast by NBC in 1998, was a ratings smash and won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or Movie.
Last year, The Temptations released their first new album in eight years, All The Time, via UMe. Praised by the Associated Press for its "musical magic," the album features the legendary group's inspired renditions of songs by Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, Maxwell, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, and The Weeknd, and three new Temptations originals.
The cast also features Esther Antoine, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Saint Aubyn, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Curtis Wiley, and Candice Marie Woods.
are the embodiment of harmony, dignity and class. They are the most popular male vocal and soul group in the world. And they have influenced every ensemble that has followed in their footsteps, from old-schoolers the Delfonics to New Edition, from Jodeci, to BLACKstreet, and from Dru Hill to one of the biggest selling artists in history, Boyz II Men.
The Temptations were born in Detroit in 1961, a marriage of members of the Distants and the Primes, and signed to Motown. “Dream Come True” became the group’s first chart hit, peaking at no. 22 R&B in 1962. Baritone Otis Williams, bass Melvin Franklin and tenors Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams (no relation to Otis) were joined in late 1963 by tenor David Ruffin. Recording with writer/producer Smokey Robinson, they helped define the Motown Sound. In 1964, they emerged with the pop smash “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” with Kendricks in the lead. In 1965, “My Girl,” led by Ruffin, became their first no. 1 pop and R&B hit, and their first signature song. Other hits with Smokey writing and producing were “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “My Baby” and “Don’t Look Back.”
They hit no. 1 R&B again with “Get Ready” in 1966. While guided by harder-edged, hard-driving producer Norman Whitfield, the Temptations scored the soul soundtrack for the late sixties with the hits “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep,” “(I Know) I’m Losing You,” “You’re My Everything” and “I Wish It Would Rain.”
As the times grew psychedelic, so too did the sound of The Temptations, who replaced Ruffin with Dennis Edwards in 1968. Temptations songs punctuated the era, from “Cloud Nine” (which earned Motown its first Grammy) and “Run Away Child, Running Wild” to “Psychedelic Shack” and “Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today).” Deftly balancing romance and social consciousness, they teamed with Diana Ross & The Supremes, hitting no. 2 pop with “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” and the following year had a pop no. 1 on their own with “I Can’t Get Next To You.” With their vocal harmonies matched by their tailored suits and precise choreography, including the famed “Temptation Walk,” they broke down barriers of race and age.
After 1971’s pop no. 1 “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” Kendricks exited, followed by Paul Williams. Enter Damon Harris and Richard Street, a former member of the Distants, and the Temptations didn’t miss a beat. “Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)” was followed by Whitfield’s magnum opus, “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone.” The dramatic, 12-minute long album version was edited to (a still-long) seven minutes for the single that hit no. 1 pop and won two Grammys. After the masterful “Masterpiece,” another producer was tapped, and the group scored with “Happy People,” “Shakey Ground” and “Glasshouse.”
With Edwards’ exit, the Temptations in 1976 left Motown for Atlantic Records and a flirtation with disco but returned in 1980. With Edwards back in the fold, they hit no. 11 R&B with the powerful “Power.” Two years later, Ruffin and Kendricks briefly returned too for the Reunion album and its “Standing On The Top Pt. 1,” which was produced by hot Motown funkster Rick James. Coming on board in 1984 was Ali “Ollie” Woodson, and the group rolled into the eighties refining a sophisticated adult contemporary soul with R&B Top 10s “Treat Her Like A Lady,” “Lady Soul” and “Special.”
In 1991, Rod Stewart collaborated with The Temptations on “The Motown Song.” In 1995, with Woodson sharing leads with newbie Theo Peoples, the group released For Lovers Only, among the great vocal records of the modern soul era. It proved to be Melvin Franklin’s last album with the group. Three years later, the Temptations released the platinum Phoenix Rising, which included another R&B no. 1, “Stay,” led by Peoples and deftly produced by Narada Michael Walden. Also in 1998, a NBC mini-series on their career was an Emmy-winning ratings blockbuster.
The Temptations’ new millennium success has included the Grammy-winning Ear-Resistable as well as Awesome and Legacy. The Temptations, who were on Motown longer than any artist other than Stevie Wonder, also earned their 35th gold or platinum award. Now on Universal Music’s New Door Records, The Temptations continue to raise the bar for all singing groups. Reflections, releasewd in 2006, received a Grammy nomination for their version of Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You).” The following year, the acclaimed Back To Front was their 48th album of new recordings. On May 4, 2010, The Temptations released their 49th CD entitled "Still Here" on their own label 10/30 International ( distributed by Universal Music)
The CD “Still Here” is a concept album of great new songs that chronicles the history of the Temptations. Starting with the present day and going back to their roots, the songs on this new CD are reminiscent of the song writing styles that made the Temptations the most iconic vocal group in the history of American R&B/pop music.
Starting with the contemporary “Change has Come” into some smooth & sexy urban grooves “One of a Kind Lady”, a classic R&B/pop ballad “Still Here with Me”, the socially edgy “Listen Up” to the retro hit “Soul Music” and ending with “Going Back Home” this album truly delivers the goods. A great musical testament to the upcoming 50-year Anniversary of the Temptations.
The Temptations can claim 43 Top 10 R&B singles (14 no. 1) and 17 pop Top 10s (four no. 1). In 1989, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Temptations are timeless icons. The way they did what they did was, and remains, incomparable.
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