Otis Williams of The Temptations Hits 80 ~ Let’s Celebrate @ City College For the Arts




Otis Williams (photo credit Scott Leon. Courtesy of UME)

City College Center for the Arts, on the campus of City College of New York, is honoring the 60-year-history of the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Faber and Grammy® Award-winning Otis Williams and The Temptations, on Monday, November 1, with a special live, virtual event. The affair will feature a conversation with Williams, a founding and the sole surviving original member of The Temptations sharing memories about the “Evolution of The Temptations’ Music, 1961 –2021, ”while also celebrating his 80th birthday. This special virtual conversation will be simulcast at citycollegecenterforthearts.org from the Aaron Davis Hall’s renowned Marian Anderson Theatre, named after the distinguished African American singer who broke racial barriers and inspired new generations of singers of all colors. Distinguished musician, composer and entertainment entrepreneur K. Sparks will conduct the online event, which begins at 7:30pm and will feature other special guests.

City College of New York President Dr. Vincent Boudreau said,“For more than four decades, Aaron Davis Hall has been Harlem’s performing arts center. World scholars, artistic giants and academic geniuses like Nelson Mandela, Alicia Keys, President Barack Obama and Ella Fitzgerald, just to name a few, have blessed these stages through the years. The City College of New York is so proud of the contributions The Temptations have made, and continue to make, to the American cultural landscape and we are honored to add their name to that distinguished list.

Otis Williams, legendary recording artist, songwriter, executive producer and author,said, “I am thrilled to be celebrating the group’s 60thAnniversary and my 80thbirthday with our extended Tempts’family from across the City College campus in Harlem, and throughout New York and the rest of the country. The Temptations had some of its most memorable performances in Harlem and other parts of New York during our career. To mark these capstones with an online discussion about my career atthe prestigious and diverse City College of New York, a college known for its commitment to the Performing Arts, and for recognizing one of the greatest trailblazers in American music history, Marian Anderson, is an incredible honor for me and The Temptations.”

The Temptations, one of the most prolific musical institutions of all time and known as the “No. 1 R&B Artists of All Time”(Billboard), are commemorating their 60th Anniversary, now through June 2022. The year-long campaign will feature celebratory events along the way, including the Imperial Theatre re-opening on October 16th of the Broadway musical, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, based on Otis Williams’ personal journey, and the Tempts’ brand-new single, “Is It Gonna Be Yes or No,”available now. The single is a duet between the group and the equally legendary Smokey Robinson. The song is a preview of the upcoming Temptations 60 Album.The Temptations’ presence across multi-media platforms has never been more vivid, and their popularity is ever-increasing. Most recently, adding to their dozens of sampled tracks, their hit “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” was used as the foundation of the Migos smash, “Avalanche.” Their #1 nationally rated Emmy® Award-Winning Television mini-series, The Temptations, which first aired to rave reviews in 1998, is still on air or streaming every day somewhere in the world. Williams’ autobiography, Temptations, was recently released as an audiobook edition for the first time, with a new introduction by Williams.

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