Otis Williams

Born Oct 30, 1941
Hometown City of Texarkana
Died Apr 14, 2013
Other Names Miles, Otis Jr.

Otis Williams is an American baritone singer. Nicknamed "Big Daddy", he has also acted as a sporadic songwriter and record producer. Williams co-founded the Motown vocal group The Temptations in early 1960 as The Elgins, a group in which he continues to perform. Williams is the group's only surviving original member.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Otis Williams.


1941 Birth Born on October 30, 1941.


1959 17 Years Old In 1959, The Distants scored a local hit, co-written by Williams and their manager/producer Johnnie Mae Matthews, called "Come On", with lead vocals by Richard Street. … Read More
1961 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams from The Primes later joined Williams, Bryant, and Franklin to create the Elgins, who signed to Motown in March 1961 as "The Temptations". … Read More


1964 22 Years Old He and Josephine divorced in 1964; Williams went on to date Florence Ballard of The Supremes and was for a time engaged to R&B singer Patti LaBelle.
1967 25 Years Old Williams was married to Ann Cain from 1967 to 1973, and married his third wife, Arleata "Goldie" Williams (née Carter), in 1983.


1983 41 Years Old His son, Otis Lamont Williams, was a construction worker who died in a workplace accident in Detroit in 1983. … Read More
1988 46 Years Old Williams is the co-author, with Patricia Romanowski, of Temptations, a 1988 book that served as both his autobiography and a history of the group. … Read More
1989 47 Years Old In 1989, Otis Williams was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Temptations.


1994 52 Years Old 1 More Event
Franklin would remain in the group until 1994, when he became physically incapable of continuing.
1995 53 Years Old Franklin died on February 23, 1995, leaving Otis Williams, then 53, as the last surviving original member of the Temptations quintet.


2006 64 Years Old Williams received an honorary doctorate from Stillman College in May 2006.
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