NOTE: Glenn Leonardís Temptations Revue is in no way affiliated with the
actual Temptations. Glenn was a former member of the group from 1975-83.
Buyers, venues and agents are not permitted to book, advertise, promote,
or otherwise convey this show as anything other than what it is... a showcase
of this former memberís talents and those of his fellow vocalists. Glenn
acknowledges that Otis Williams, the only living original member of the
group, is still with the actual Temptations, who are still touring....
and are also available to be booked through Celebrity Direct Entertainment.
Jim Kinsey :: Valley Cultural Center - Summer Series, Woodland Hills, CA
|Fantastic!!! I have NEVER
(EVER) worked with such gracious, nice and amazing people. We were blown
away with the performance, attitude and willing to us raise funds during
intermission. ... We are VERY happy - thank you.
|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."
Jane Noelte, TSMB Productions: June 19, 2014 in regards to GLENN LEONARD'S
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 talked to!
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.
agent Fred Montilla re: Glenn Leonard's Temptations Revue 2010
FJM Productions, Inc.
7305 West Sample Road,
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.
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!
Aaron Williams :: Newspaper staff member re: Glenn Leonard's Temptations
||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.
The 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
||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 TEMPTATIONS
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A Motown 'Silent Night' That Echoes
Down the Years
By Neely Tucker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 24, 2004;
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
Niiiiiggghhhtttt. . . . HooOOOllly NiiIIIIggghtttttt . . .
The guy next
to me said: "That's Eddie there."
"Nah, man, that ain't Eddie. That's the brother that replaced him, what's
"Hell no I
don't mean David. David was original Temps. I mean, what's his name. That
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
Go on and rest
your mind . . . and slllllleeeeepppp . . .
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.
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
issssss 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.
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 verses.
As I sit around
by the fireplace
If I had one
wish in this world
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.
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 this week.
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," he says.
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.
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 isn't true.
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.
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 hours."
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."
of the years has lent the song, and the place where I first heard it, a
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.
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.
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.
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.