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with the performance, attitude and willing to us raise funds during intermission.
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|By SANDY SEOANE, Staff Writer: The
Valley Breeze : 9/3/14 - Woonsocket, RI
WOONSOCKET - Some of the most
accomplished musicians from the golden age of Motown will grace the stage
at the city's 36th annual Autumnfest celebration, performing well-known
hits from an era that changed American music and culture.
Glenn Leonard's Temptations
Revue, led by the former first tenor and lead singer of one of Motown's
biggest acts, the Temptations, will headline the Columbus Day weekend celebration.
Leonard, a 2013 inductee
into the R&B Music Hall of Fame, was a member of the band from 1975
to 1983, and sang on 10 Temptations albums. He will be joined by the likes
of Joe Coleman, former lead singer of The Platters; bass singer John 'Doc'
Devone; Andre Jackson, formerly of The Choice 4;and musical director Ron
While some members have changed,
the band has toured the U.S. since 2002, and has made appearances in France,
Australia, Denmark, the Middle East and Brazil.
The Revue will perform a
full blend of the Temptations major hit songs, accompanied by smooth choreography
and a renowned stage personality. With hits including "My Girl," "Ain't
Too Proud to Beg," "I Wish It Would Rain," and "Treat Her Like a Lady,"
the band was not only one of the most consistent and talented from the
Motown era in terms of record sales and appearances, but also one of the
most successful groups in music history.
Leonard joined in 1975, after
the group was already established as a pop hit powerhouse. He was recruited
for the lead role after finding success with several other original groups
including the Chancellors, Instant Groove, True Reflections and the Unifics.
"Just the idea of being part
of something that you dreamed about as a youngster was a tremendous experience
to say the least," said Leonard. "It was also a tremendous challenge to
uphold the tradition and legacy of what they had already accomplished and
to be counted qualified to be part of what the group meant to so many other
young people as a point of inspiration."
Hits during Leonard's reign
included "Ever Ready Love," "I'm on Fire," and "The Best of Both Worlds."
His performance of "Silent Night" on the band's 1980 Christmas album is
one of most often-heard songs on the radio, worldwide, at Christmas time,
according to a press release.
"What is perhaps the most
remarkable about the group has been their ability to completely change
personnel over their 40 year history without affecting the quality of their
music or performances," Leonard said.
The actual Temptations are
still touring and the only living original member, Otis Williams, is still
with the group.
One of Leonard's most memorable
times with the group was the during the making of a reunion album, followed
by a tour with the bands most legendary past members.
"Sharing the stage and recording
with the likes of Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Dennis Edwards, Richard
Street, Otis Williams and the greatest bass singer to ever live, Melvin
Franklin," he recalled.
In 2002, Leonard decided
to carry on the tradition, bringing together world-class talent in hopes
to "give back" to the fans.
"Motown meant so much to
our people and our country at the time when they first came on the scene,"
Leonard said. "It gave us a sense of hope and pride and great possibility
for the future."
Noelte, TSMB Productions: June 19, 2014 in regards to GLENN LEONARD'S TEMPTATIONS
On behalf of The Fabulous Hubcaps
and myself, we want to convey our deepest thanks, gratitude... and PRIDE...
in sharing an evening with Glenn Leonard's Temptations Revue! What a thrill
and a privilege it was for us to be on the same bill! They are every bit
the quintessential showmen we heard they were! Their pure vocal harmony
truly was "music to our ears" (and everyone else in the audience as evidenced
by the thunderous applause and standing ovations). It was a delight, as
well, to watch their precise and in-sync choreography... not one missed
step! We heard nothing but compliments and rave reviews from everyone we
Mr. Coslor... it was an honor to
meet these wonderful gentlemen and perform on the same stage. Glenn Leonard's
Temptations Revue truly is a CLASS ACT and really brings the sound of Motown
back into our thoughts and hearts.
Fred Montilla re: Glenn Leonard's Temptations Revue 2010
FJM Productions, Inc.
7305 West Sample Road, Suite
Coral Springs, FL 33065
| Glenn Leonard's Temptation
Revue was a pleasant surprise! They were all excellent singers and performers.
Their show represented the essence of the Temptations. They handled themselves
as pros on and off stage. I would not hesitate using or recommending them
to anyone in the future.
Working the deal out
with Cord Coslor from Celebrity Direct was also a no-nonsense experience.
He delivered the act such as he described it. I left the engagement along
with my client very satisfied. Thank you!
Williams :: Newspaper staff member re: Glenn Leonard's Temptations Revue
||I thought the show was a lot of
fun. I was there on business Ė taking photos for the newspaper, but Iíve
been a Temptations fan for a long time, and I really enjoyed listening
to the group. The voices, the dress, the steps Ė it really was a experience!
Though most of what I saw was through the eye of a camera lens, the group
definitely put a smile on my face and I was singing and humming along to
each song. It was also nice to get to meet the guys after the show. They
were really nice, and made me wish I had more time to talk to them Ė but
I couldnít because I was running short on time. But I really enjoyed them.
Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County (FL) re: Golden Memories show
with Glenn Leonard's Temptations Revue, Wilson Williams & His Platters,
Pam Darden's Marvelletes Revue, and Ron McPhatters Tribute to The Drifters
||Dear Celebrity Direct,
On March 18th, 2010, the Animal Welfare
League had their first concert which featured: Wilson Williams & His
Platters, Glenn Leonard's Temptations Experience, Pam Darden's Marvelettes
Revue and The Legacy of "Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters" as performed
by his son Ron David McPhatter, the performers were outstanding!
We would like to thank Cord Coslor
and Wilson Williams for the direction they provided us and assisting us
with the questions and concersn that arose. Mr. Coslor worked very hard
side by side with the Animal Welfare League to make sure everything ran
smoothly and productively, and it did! We look forward to continue working
with Mr. Coslor for our annual concert to benefit the homeless animals
of Charlotte County, Florida.
We at the Animal Welfare League would
like to extend our gratitude for guiding us in one of the most successful
fundraisers in Charlotte County, Florida ever.
Assistant to the Director
CHATEAU ELAN WELCOMES THE
By R.T. BYRUM
Like so many Highlands
County music lovers, I remember singing along with the radio, ďIíve got
sunshine on a cloudy day. When itís cold outside Iíve got the month of
May. I guess youíd say, what can make me feel this way? My girl, takiní
Ďbout my girl.Ē
On September 4, we
can all sing along, not with the radio, but with Glenn Leonardís Temptations
Revue...in person! You read that right. ďMy Girl,Ē and dozens of other
Temptationsí hits will be performed live at Four Points Château Elan,
150 Midway Drive next to the Sebring Raceway.
The Sheraton Hotelís
General Manager, Reinhard Haubner, has already brought famous groups like
The Drifters, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Fran Cosmo, former lead singer
of Boston, and David Frizzell to Sebring. He continues that string with
the Revue featuring Leonard, the lead singer of the group from 1975-1983.
He recruited professional
singers to honor the memory of Temptations members who have passed on.
The sounds and choreography of the Temptations Revue are a perfect tribute
to one of the best-loved and known Motown recording stars, a group that
dominated the stage and airwaves in the 60ís.
Glenn, lead singer,
and also an ordained minister, picked Kareem Ali from the Vandelles as
a vocalist, a music producer, and a great choreographer. Doc Devone, is
the groupís bass singer, filling the big shoes of the late Melvin Franklin.
Pete Marshall, baritone, was formerly a member of Choice 4. Freddy Black
has performed with the Drifters and the Five Heartbeats.
Some of the familiar
Temptations tunes among their 37 Top Ten Hits included: Since I Lost My
Baby, Ainít Too Proud to Beg, Beautyís Only Skin Deep, I Know Iím Losing
you, I Wish It Would Rain, and, of course, My Girl.
There are three event packages available
starting as low as $39 per person plus tax for the show only. For only
$20 enjoy dinner starting with shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce, your
choice of Chicken Piccata, or sliced prime rib, with tossed mixed green,
sautéed vegetables, roasted red potatoes, rolls and butter, and
a Viennese dessert table that includes homemade parfaits, pies and cakes.
All tickets include 2 free house drinks per person.
The premium package
is $69 and includes a one-night double-occupancy stay in a beautiful Sheraton
room. Upgrades to deluxe suits are available at a fraction of the usual
cost. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. with a brief
intermission between two sets.
Once again, Four Points
Chateau Elan is bringing the Heartlands big city entertainment at remarkably
low cost. Registration is limited so call (863) 655-7200, and do it right
away. If you looking for a memorable evening...youíve found it!
A Motown 'Silent Night' That
Echoes Down the Years
By Neely Tucker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 24, 2004; Page
In the winter of 1989,
I lost my mind and moved from the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Detroit,
an inexplicable adventure that led me to discover sub-zero temperatures,
some of the best musicians in the Western Hemisphere and my nominee for
the best Christmas songs ever recorded.
A bold claim, I know.
But this is a Christmas story about a time and place largely gone now,
and I remember them both with great affection, and if I am swayed by season
and nostalgia, then I just don't care. Because the first time I heard the
Temptations' once-in-a-lifetime take of "Silent Night" -- the most Detroit,
Motownized, gospelized Christmas song that it is possible to squeeze into
six minutes -- was late one night in a Motor City bar where old Motown
session musicians could sometimes be found.
It was a freezing,
gloomy winter, and I was living alone in a rough, unfinished loft in a
rough, unfinished part of town. The loft was above a pizzeria and down
the alley from the morgue. There were mornings I walked down the alley,
my footprints the only ones in the crunching snow, and they would be loading
or unloading a heavy black bag from a hearse. It put the day in a certain
I worked at a newspaper
for my pay, and in the evenings I ran a tab at a jazz dive called BoMacs,
about three blocks from the morgue. They had terrific live music, greasy
fish sandwiches and a generous pour. They were scarce with the lights and
heavy with the heat in the winter and I liked it. You could sit at the
bar and if you didn't start none there wouldn't be none.
It had to be closing
time just before Christmas when, perhaps after the last set, someone turned
on the recording of a deep voice reciting the start of " 'Twas the Night
Before Christmas" over some twiddly organ-sounding thing. I rolled my eyes
and started to drain the last of my drink when someone cranked up the volume.
The song took a sharp turn. The drums kicked in with a downbeat intro,
a da dum da dum, and then an electrifying preacher's voice said:
In my mind . . .
The guy next to me,
I recall, said: "There go Dennis."
The drums and bass
and a male chorus swooped in: tenor, baritone, bass. Together they took
an irresistible four-note walk up the scale, whoo-ooh-ooh-OOH, and then
the gritty preacher's voice said:
I want you to be free
. . .
And then they came
back down the same doo-wop staircase, OOH-ooh-ooh-ooh.
For all of our friends,
I want you to listen to me . . .
The bass was so deep
and the music so loud the stool beneath me seemed to vibrate. I was transfixed,
there in the dim light and cigarette haze.
We wish you a meeeeeerrrrrrryyy
Christmas . . .
All the voices came
together and then out of nowhere an unearthly falsetto voice appeared in
the darkness of the bar. It was gliding, swooning, sailing over the rest
of the voices. It was the first time I had any idea of what they were singing.
Niiiiiggghhhtttt. . . . HooOOOllly NiiIIIIggghtttttt . . .
The guy next to me
said: "That's Eddie there."
Somebody else: "Nah,
man, that ain't Eddie. That's the brother that replaced him, what's his
"You don't mean David."
"Hell no I don't mean
David. David was original Temps. I mean, what's his name. That other brother."
I was half listening
to this conversation -- it would turn out the name they were looking for
was Glenn Leonard -- and half listening to the song fill the place. Some
people were at the tables, talking, finishing their drinks, the lights
coming up now. It was late and time to go home. And yet I sat there.
Go on and rest your
mind . . . and slllllleeeeepppp . . .
Melvin Franklin, he
of the basso profundo voice, took a turn on the second verse, and what
was most striking about the song unfolding was that this group known for
Motown romance and the dance step known as the Temps Walk was doing a song
of the Christian faith seriously.
The original five members
of the Temptations had grown up in the Deep South and in the church, by
which I mean the Protestant black church -- Baptist, really, of the type
where it is pronounced "Babdist" -- and it was always one of the group's
hallmarks that the gospel influence of their youth had infused the voices
of their adult years.
But this was something
else entirely. This was gospel emotion over a Motown beat with the lyrics
of a classic European hymn. "Silent Night" was written nearly 200 years
ago by a Austrian priest and a composer. The first time it was played was
on Christmas Eve, 1818, in Oberndorf. By 1900 it had become a sacred classic,
narrating the birth of the Christ child, God's son on Earth.
callllmmmm, allllLLLLllll iisss brrriiiIIIght.
I had grown up down
south in the Babdist church, too -- my mother played piano and organ in
the church for 40 years -- and I had heard and sung that song since I was
a tot. It was church. You didn't play with it.
And yet, I was
sitting on a bar stool in urban Detroit these many years later, the streets
outside were deserted and some of the deadliest in America, and there was
the gritty voice of Dennis Edwards, the guy who did the lead on "Papa Was
a Rolling Stone," and he was straight out preaching over the song's sacred
As I sit around by
Watching the gleaming
If I had one wish in
It would be that all
men would be free.
"It was like magic,"
recalls Gil Askey, the veteran Motown composer, in an e-mail from his home
in Australia. "If you've ever been in the Holiness Church, and seen those
sisters scream when they're filled with the Spirit, you will know how I
felt, or shall I say how the Temptations felt. They didn't want to stop,
just grooved on out."
I don't know if the
folks at BoMacs played that song from the radio or from a tape in the back.
But it ended soon enough and the end-of-the-night clatter resumed. I drank
up, paid up and left. I walked home to my loft and I felt both exhilarated
and empty. Thrilled at how the song seemed to still hum in my bones. Empty
because it was over and the night was long and there was no one to talk
to. When something reaches out and touches your soul in the dark, it's
not something you turn on the TV and forget.
The Temps' version
of "Silent Night" is now nearly 25 years old. You can hear it on any pop
radio station this time of year. Their "Christmas Collection" CD, which
features the song, is No. 1 on Billboard's chart for older R&B albums
Mark Anthony Neal,
professor of popular black culture at Duke University and the editor of
"That's the Joint!," rated the song in a recent article as one of his Top
10 Soul Christmas songs. "It's maybe half the original Temptations members
on that record, it's one of the last things Dennis Edwards did with them,
and I think you just have to call it the last really great Temps song,"
Leonard Pitts Jr.,
a music critic for 18 years, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist,
wrote the liner notes for the Temps compilation CD. There's no doubt, he
says, that "Silent Night" is a transcendent moment.
"The arrangement is
extraordinary. But spiritually, emotionally, it catches something above
the hubbub, the lights, the shopping and Santa Claus, to what Christmas
is actually all about," Pitts says. "It took the song back to its Christian
origins and didn't do it in lip-service fashion. . . . If the hair on your
arms isn't standing up by the second verse, you need to check your pulse."
So this is the part
in the story when I tell you how the song was recorded at Motown in Detroit,
at the tiny "Hitsville USA" studios on West Grand Boulevard on a snowy
winter night back in the day, with the Rev. C.L. Franklin (Aretha's daddy)
doing the arrangements, and I would love to, except for the fact that it
The best Christmas
song ever put to disc was recorded off Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles
in a couple of hours on a sunny day in the summer of 1980, according to
Otis Williams, the only surviving original Temptations member.
"Gil Askey had the
arrangements there when we went over to his house, so we sat down and worked
out the melody line and vocals," says Williams, speaking from his home
in Los Angeles. "Then we went to the studio. I think it took a couple of
Dennis Edwards, who
replaced the legendary David Ruffin as the group's lead vocalist (but who
was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the others),
earlier this week was shivering at his home in St. Louis, where the wind
chill was 8 below. He bursts into a laugh when asked about his preachifying.
"It came from my background,
being a preacher's son," he says. His father "had a little storefront church,
the Macedonia Church of God in Christ, at 964 East Canfield in Detroit.
Started out with about four members. I had grown up in that church, so
sure, I knew 'Silent Night.' But this arrangement was so different. They
played back the tape to us and there was an empty spot at the front. They
said, 'Do something right in there.' So it just came out, like I was back
at church. There was nothing written, nothing scripted. . . . Each year,
I have to go back and listen to it again before we do Christmas concerts
so I can remember what it was I said."
The passing of the
years has lent the song, and the place where I first heard it, a bittersweet
The bar, BoMacs, is
long gone, as are many of the older Motown session musicians I sometimes
Four of the five original
Temptations are dead. Paul Williams, a suicide victim, has been dead for
31 years. David Ruffin died of an overdose in 1991. Eddie Kendricks died
of lung cancer the next year.
Melvin Franklin, the
sweet man whose deep voice is so prominent on "Silent Night," died after
a series of seizures in 1995. In the wildly popular 1998 television miniseries
about the group, it is his death that is the emotional coda to the film
and the group's history. Sitting there, watching Smokey Robinson sing "Really
Gonna Miss You" at Melvin's funeral, I confess I had a knot in my throat.
Perhaps that is why,
as I walked home on a recent, frosty evening, when the radio on my headphones
turned to "Silent Night," my step slowed and I paused, there in the cold.
I closed my eyes waiting for the stoplight to change and remembered the
winter in Detroit and the frost on the window glass and the first time
I heard that song.
Lost among the footsteps
and pinched faces of a million strangers headed home in the falling darkness,
I wished that it wasn't all over. I wished that I could turn the corner
and walk back into that bar in Detroit for one more round, one more song,
before they closed the place and left us walking, streetlight to streetlight,
through the long and empty night to come.