Otis Williams (born Oct. 30, 1941) is an American baritone soul singer. Nicknamed "Big Daddy", he has also acted as a sporadic songwriter and record producer. Williams co-founded the iconic Motown vocal group The Temptations, with whom he continues to perform and record. He is the group's only surviving original member. In 1989, Otis Williams was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Temptations. Williams received an honorary doctorate from Stillman College in May…
The "Classic 5" lineup of The Temptations: David Ruffin (bottom left), Melvin Franklin (top left), Paul Williams (top right), Otis Williams (bottom right), and Eddie Kendricks (center) Picture taken in 1965. Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and 14 Billboard R number-one singles.
The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the group was highly influential to the evolution of R&B and soul music. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history. As of 2015, the Temptations continue to perform with one living original member, Otis Williams, still in the lineup.
With one of their many hit songs - from The Temptations in 1967 on a live singing performance on the Hollywood Palace here's - "I Wish It Would Rain" with the original 5, David Ruffin on lead, backgrounds by Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, and Otis Williams
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY: January 18, 1989: The Fourth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include Dion, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations (pictured), and Stevie Wonder.