Archive for March 14, 2014

Two Legendary Motown Hit-Makers

The Temptations


The Four Tops

Durham Performing Arts Center
Friday, September 26, 2014

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Temptations and The Four Tops return to DPAC on September 26, 2014.  Their last two performances were sold out and Triangle fans can expect this show to follow suit.

Tickets on sale at:

Online at

DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000

“We are thrilled to welcome back two of the biggest acts in American music history to the DPAC stage this fall. Fans love hearing their all-time favorite songs performed live, and DPAC provides a perfectly intimate, indoor setting for audiences of all ages to enjoy these timeless classics,” said Emily McLoughlin, Marketing Director for Concerts at DPAC.

The Temptations


For more than forty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world.

The history of the Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, the Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn’t until 1964, however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced “The Way You Do the Things You Do” turned the guys into stars.

An avalanche of hits followed, many of which (“My Girl,” for instance) have attained immortality. “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” “I Wish It Would Rain” – the hits kept coming.

The Four Tops


The Four Tops were constantly producing songs about love, happiness and romantic heartbreak in the quintessential Detroit sound/Motown tradition. No other popular quartet has stayed together with original personnel intact for as long as the legendary Four Tops. And no other group associated with the American 60s sound has succeeded in remaining as fresh, joyful, lively and timely. The Four Tops have created a special magic that continues to delight audiences of all ages and nationalities, and their reign as the Grand Gentleman of Rock and Roll is far from over!

The Four Tops’ list of top 10 hits, many of them gold records and No. 1 chart toppers, include “Baby, I Need Your Loving,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” “It’s the Same Old Song,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “Bernadette,” “Walk Away, Renee,” “Standing in the Shadows of Love,” “Shake Me, Wake Me”, just to name a few. They have recorded 35 albums during their illustrious career – 21 of them for Motown which reaffirms their power, punch, and enormous appeal.