Deliver Us from Temptation: The Tragic and Shocking Story of the Temptations and Motown

Deliver Us from Temptation: The Tragic and Shocking Story of the Temptations and Motown

by Tony Turner, Barbara Aria
     
 

Tony Turner was the road manager for the three former lead singers of the Temptations - David Ruffin, Eddie Kendrick, and Dennis Edwards - and worked with these living legends through thick and thin. Now he tells their story, the sometimes funny and often tragic events of their lives on and offstage. Onstage, the Temptations were electrifying. With Eddie Kendrick's…  See more details below

Overview

Tony Turner was the road manager for the three former lead singers of the Temptations - David Ruffin, Eddie Kendrick, and Dennis Edwards - and worked with these living legends through thick and thin. Now he tells their story, the sometimes funny and often tragic events of their lives on and offstage. Onstage, the Temptations were electrifying. With Eddie Kendrick's seductive good looks, David Ruffin's irresistible voice, tight-jacketed outfits, and choreographed splits and flips to challenge even the great James Brown, the Temptations's performances always whipped crowds of adoring fans into a frenzy. Offstage, there was David Ruffin's hard-core drug use, Eddie Kendrick's fights with Berry Gordy, Motown's founder and president, and Paul Williams's 1973 suicide. Here is the uncensored behind-the-scenes story of the Temptations, told with unflinching honesty by one who saw it firsthand. Tony Turner recounts it all: from the Temptations's first smash-hit records, "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and "My Girl," to David Ruffin's mysterious death and circus-like funeral. Deliver Us from Temptation reveals the group's feverish success, the illicit sex, the prolific drug use, the fall from superstardom, and the ultimately doomed struggle to reclaim their former status. Deliver Us from Temptation dramatizes the Motown of the sixties - of big breaks and bitter jealousies, of imported champagne and mink-lined Cadillacs, of mutually destructive competition and temperamental stars. The author speaks frankly about the intrigues and intimacies within the Motown "family" - of Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson, of the Temptations's Otis Williams and Patti LaBelle, of Mary Wilson and Duke Fakir of the Four Tops. Was the tragedy of the Temptations due to some fatal character flaws, or rather was it Motown's fault that their fabulous success was cut short and never relived? Tony Turner witnessed it all, and frequently pulled this talented, impossible group of men together to recre

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Turner and Aria continue the account of Motown that began in their 1990 collaboration about the Supremes, All That Glittered , with an uneven and occasionally bitchy tell-all on the Temptations. Turner, a one-time road manager for the original group, focuses on two members in particular: David Ruffin, who died under mysterious circumstances in June 1991, and Eddie Kendrick, who died of lung cancer as this book was being prepared for publication. The Temptations' story as related by Turner is as tawdry as it is familiar: young, talented individuals become superstars over night, can't handle the fame and are sucked down into a world of excess that ruins their talent. The Temptations--who eventually split into two groups each claiming the name and competing bitterly for performance dates--spent years trying to recapture their past glory. According to Turner, Motown founder Berry Gordy is to blame for much of the Temptations' difficulties as well as those of other groups because of his capriciousness in making or breaking star talent. Photos not seen by PW (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560250340
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/08/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
368

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >