Today's piece of Lost Jewelry from the Vaults at Oldiez 93 for Thursday, August 21st, 2014 comes from The Temptations!

On March 10th, 1973, "Masterpiece" entered Billboard's Top 40 and painted its way up to #7, spending eleven weeks in the chart, went to #1 for two weeks and was certified Gold Record.

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 Paul Williams in 1971.  Damon Harris replaced Owens in early 1972.  Paul Williams died of a self-infliched gunshot wound on Augst 17th, 1973 at the age of 34.  Ruffin died of a drug overdose on June 1st, 1991 at the age of 50.  Kendrics died of cancer on October 5th, 1992 at the age of 52 and Franklin died of a heart failure on February 23rd, 1995 at the age of 52.

The Temptations placed thirty-eight songs in the Top 40 between 1964 and 1991, including four #1s, twelve Gold Records and six Platinum Records.