The Temptations are celebrating 50 years in the music business this year, and you get to help mark the occasion at the Marin County Fair on Monday night.
One of Motown’s most enduring acts — joined by 21 singers through the years — started with the 1963 hit “The Way You Do the Things You Do” and generated 36 more top-10 hits. If you had the radio on during the 1960s and ‘70s, you heard chart-busters such as “My Girl” (from writer/producer Smokey Robinson), “Beauty’s Only Skin Deep,” “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” The sweet spot of their career lasted from the early 1960s to the late 1980s.
The Temptations were known for their classy choreography, smooth vocals and envious durability. The Grammy-winning group had a revolving door of members after losing singers to a brain seizure, lung cancer, a cocaine overdose and other maladies, but it has continued to tour the world to share soul classics.
Based on its 18 No. 1 singles, 23 top-10 singles and 10 top-10 albums, the group has been inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was listed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 50 bands of all time.
Fair Concert: The Temptations
Time: Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Marin County Fairgrounds, Play Fair Pavillion
Cost: Free with fair admission ($15 adults, $13 children & seniors)