- The Temptations were one of Motown’s first acts and one of their most successful during the 1960s and 1970s.
- Like many Motown acts of that era they were singers, dancers, and fashion icons.
- The Temptations continue to perform with one living original member, Otis Williams, still in the line-up. The only other member of the early Temptations still surviving is Dennis Edwards.
- The Temptations have sold tens of millions of records and have, among their 20+ hit singles, four #1 US singles: My Girl, I Can’t Get Next to You, Just my Imagination (Running Away With Me), Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone. They have also produced 14 #1 US R&B singles.
- The band has won three Grammy Awards – they were the first Motown act to win a Grammy Award (for Cloud Nine in 1969). In 2013, they were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Speaking of awards; The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams) were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989; and three of their songs, Three classic Temptations songs, My Girl, Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me), and Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone, are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
- In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked The Temptations #67 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
papa was a rollin’ stone – the temptations – 1972
- Otis Williams considers Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone to be the last real classic the group recorded.
- Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone was written by famous Motown writers, Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong.
- The song was originally released in 1971 by Motown band, The Undisputed Truth in 1971.
- The Temptations version was recorded in June 1972 and released in September of that year. It dented the charts, but only just; it peaked at #63.
- Norman Whitfield had produced Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone and, later in 1972, remixed it as a 12:05 minute long record – it went straight to #1 on the US singles chart and won three Grammy Awards in 1973 – Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group, Best R&B Instrumental (for the B-side) and Best R&B Song.
- The B-side of the single was the instrumental of the song – the music to Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone was performed by The Funk Brothers, the Motown session band who backed most the Motown artists.
- Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone has been covered by several artists including: George Michael, Run-D.M.C., David Lindley and El Rayo-X, Los Lobos, Phil Collins and Craig David.
- In 1985, in the Battle of the Groups segment of the TV special Motown Returns to the Apollo, The Four Tops sang the coda of Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone. The Temptations pretended to be outraged. They responded by singing The Four Tops’ hit, Baby I Need Your Loving.
- In 1994, comedian Bob Rivers parodied the song as Grandpa Loved the Rolling Stones.
- Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone lyrics.
papa was a rollin’ stone – the temptations -1972 – video – SHORT Version
papa was a rollin’ stone – the temptations -1972 – video – LONG Version
papa was a rollin’ stone – the undisputed truth – 1971 – video
grandpa loves the rolling stones – bob rivers – 1994 – video
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