Today's piece of Lost Jewelry from the Vaults at Oldiez 93 for Friday, July 22nd, 2016 comes from The Temptations!
On February 22nd, 1969, "Run Away Child, Running Wild" entered Billboard's Top 40 and ran up to #6, spending eleven weeks in the chart, was certified a Gold Record and went all the way to #1 for two weeks on the R&B chart.
The Temptations, an R&B vocal group from Detroit, Michigan, originally consisted of Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin and Otis Williams. Dennis Edwards of The Contours replaced Ruffin in 1968; Ricky Owens and Richard Street replaced Kendricks and Williams in 1971 and Damon Harris replaced Owens in 1972.
The Temptations placed thirty-eight songs in the Top 40 between 1964 and1991, including four #1s, eleven Gold Records and six Platinum Records.
Williams died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on August 17th, 1973 at the age of 34. Ruffin died of a drug overdose on June 1st, 1991 at the age of 50. Kendricks died of cancer on October 5th, 1992 at the age of 52 and Franklin died of heart failure on February 23rd, 1995 at the age of 52.