Otis Williams
American musician
Otis Williams
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.
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The Real Reason Patti LaBelle Called Off Her Engagement To One Of The Temptations
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Former Temptations Singer Dies At Age 70
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LAS VEGAS -- Former Motown vocalist Richard Street, a member of the Temptations for 25 years, has died. He was 70. Street's wife, Cindy, says her husband died early Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas after a short illness. Richard Street sang as a young man with Temptations members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, but didn't join the famed Motown group until the early 1970s. He later made the move from his native Detroit to Los Angeles with other Motown acts and stayed with the group until the mid-1990s. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but Cindy Street expects services to be held sometime next week in Cypress, Calif. She says her husband "was a really good person" who should be remembered for his work with the Temptations.
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LCRA approves Dominium’s Arcade redevelopment plan
The Business Journals - over 4 years
The city of St. Louis' Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) today approved Dominium Development and Acquisition of Minneapolis to move forward with its estimated $100 million plan to redevelop the Arcade Wright Building downtown. Otis Williams, deputy executive director of the St. Louis Development Corp (SLDC), told the LCRA that while there are a number of variables in Dominium's proposal, he said that SLDC would like approval to move forward with specific negotiations. Jeff Huggett,…
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Otis W. Jones, 74
Blue Ridge Now - almost 5 years
Mr. Otis Williams Jones, 74, of Tucker, GA passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012. He was Born October 6, 1937 in Zirconia, NC and was preceded in death his parents, Eva Virginia Russell Jones and John Irvin Jones. Otis earned the rank of Life Scout, the 2nd highest rank, with Tuxedo Boy Scout Troop 7. Valedictorian of Flat Rock High School, he was pictured in Life Magazine being presented the National Merit Scholarship by Carl Sandburg in 1956. Struck by lighting, he still graduated with honors from UNC Chapel Hill with a BA in English. He and Ann moved to Atlanta where he was Vice President at 5 insurance companies. He loved Cardinal Baseball, golf, bowling, ping pong, track and never missed a Tar Heels basketball game, Go Tar Heels! He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ann Nix Jones, son, Russell and his wife, Dawna, grandson Dalaney, sister, Lulia Jones Collins, niece, Michelle and husband, Larry Morrow and their children, Savannah and Mackenzie, nephew, Michael Collins and his w ...
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Jennifer Lopez Plays Mohegan Sun Anniversary Show - Hartford Courant
Google News - over 5 years
The Temptations have rotated through more than 20 members during the group's half-century in existence, and only Otis Williams remains from the original quintet. He's the featured attraction Sept. 10 when the Temptations perform at the Warner Theatre
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Watermelon Festival still on, for today - Greenville Daily Reflector
Google News - over 5 years
Otis Williams founded The Temptations in 1961, and the band had its first No. 1 hit in 1964. They toured that same year and established themselves as an institution of R&B. Through their 45-year history, The Temptations have maintained a five-man
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René Dickerson & The Temptations Visit Leesburg's Mediln Art Gallery - Leesburg Today
Google News - over 5 years
Otis Williams, Terry Weeks, Bruce Williamson and Ron Tyson stood by eagerly, as did a packed gallery of onlookers, as Dickerson revealed his work in celebration of The Temptations' 50th anniversary and in honor of the group's theme song, "My Girl
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The Temptations featuring Otis Williams to Perform at the Warner Theatre - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Enjoy an evening of classic Motown with Otis Williams and The Temptations. Tickets for the show are $35.50, $45.50 and $75 (gold circle) and can be purchased by calling the Warner box office at 860-489-7180 or online at www.warnertheatre.org
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Riverfront Redevelopment Plan Meeting Set for Tuesday - KPLR 11
Google News - over 5 years
The study area is about 30% of the total riverfront. Otis Williams, with the St. Louis Development Corporation, says the area is currently home to a little under 500 companies, including some major ones like Dial, Proctor and Gamble and Covidian
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Volusia County public records for Aug. 16, 2011 - Daytona Beach News-Journal
Google News - over 5 years
... burglary with assault/battery; Robert Wade Myers, 37, Holly Hill, domestic battery by strangulation; Idalgo Otis Williams, 30, Kissimmee, robbery; Danielle Amber Lang, 26, DeBary, failure to appear; Christy Lee Oakes, 31, Casselberry, grand theft;
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Marjorie Geraldine "Gerry" Thomason - LubbockOnline.com
Google News - over 5 years
Survivors include her husband, Homer; sons, Billy Boen and wife, Zackey, Jimmy Boen and wife, Debbie, Terry Thomason and wife, Cathey and Philip Thomason; daughters, Sheryl Brough and husband, Wilde and Judy Moss; siblings, Otis Williams, Jr. and wife,
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The Supremes and the Temptations Celebrate 50th Anniversaries - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The classic Tempts lineup, with Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams and David Ruffin, was smooth and cool, epitomized by the "Temptations Walk" dance steps. But during the height of the Vietnam War, with new lead singer
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The Temptations are coming to Fargo - Jamestown Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Always five male vocalists strong, The Temptations contributions to music history continue today even after they first began in 1960, with lone-original member Otis Williams taking the lead. Though the names and faces may have changed in their 50-plus
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Police found vehicle connected to West Knox shooting - WBIR-TV
Google News - over 5 years
Harold Otis Williams was shot in a parking lot on North Peters Road on June 14. Police have been looking for a while Ford Explorer with Florida plates since the shooting. Officials was found abandoned on Tuesday. Knoxville Police said two suspects are
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Stolen car spotted in Vallejo, driver arrested - Contra Costa Times
Google News - over 5 years
The driver, Otis Williams, told the officers that he bought the 2007 Ford Fusion for $500 from a Vallejo resident, police said. The officers attempted to contact the person, but determined the house at the address given was vacant, police said
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MOULTRIE — NAACP Meeting - Moultrie Observer
Google News - over 5 years
The church is located at 501 Eighth St. NW Sinner Friend Baptist Church, in Hartsfield, will be having an ordination service for deaconship for Otis Williams and Jimmy Rawls at 2:30 pm Sunday, July 10. The Rev. Aaron Hopkins, pastor of New Hope Baptist
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Sam's the man in the Forest of Dean - 4barsrest.com
Google News - over 5 years
... with his programme of 'Slavische Fantasie' by Carl Hohne and 'Trumpeter's Lullaby' by Leroy Anderson. The runner-up was euphonium player Otis Williams, who performed 'Variants on an English Theme' by Philip Sparke and 'Peace' by John Golland
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A double dose of Temptations next week - what's up
Google News - over 5 years
Singer Otis Williams leads the band, and he's the last surviving original member. “We've played for four presidents,” Williams says. They were catapulted into the national spotlight as part of Barry Gordy's Motown phenomenon back in 1960
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Otis Williams
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 64
    Williams received an honorary doctorate from Stillman College in May 2006.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 53
    Franklin died on February 23, 1995, leaving Otis Williams, then 53, as the last surviving original member of the Temptations quintet.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Ten years later, the book was adapted into a NBC television miniseries The Temptations. Williams was portrayed by actor Charles Malik Whitfield. Although he has served the longest tenure in the Temptations, Williams rarely sings lead, focusing instead on his role as the group's leader and organizer, and as the background "baritone in the middle". The Smokey Robinson and Eddie Kendrick written track "Don't Send Me Away" from the LP The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul (1967), the intro on early group song "Check Yourself" (1961) and the Norman Whitfield-penned tune "I Ain't Got Nothing" from 1972's All Directions are extremely rare showcases for Williams singing lead. Williams has provided non-singing (spoken word) contributions to some Temptation songs, including "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" (1968, a hit duet with Diana Ross and Eddie Kendricks sharing the lead vocals), and during the opening verse of "Masterpiece" (1973).
  • 1994
    Age 52
    Arleata Williams' daughter Elan Carter became 1994's Playboys Playmate of the Month for June 1994. They divorced in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Arleata Carter was married to Al Carter, a bus driver; their daughter is Elan Carter. They lived on Keer Avenue in Newark NJ.
    Franklin would remain in the group until 1994, when he became physically incapable of continuing.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1983
    Age 41
    Williams married his third wife, Arleata "Goldie" Williams (née Carter), in 1983.
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    Otis Lamont Williams was a construction worker who died in a workplace accident in Detroit in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Williams dated Florence Ballard of The Supremes and was for a time engaged to R&B singer Patti LaBelle.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 25
    Williams was married to Ann Cain from 1967 to 1973.
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  • 1964
    Age 22
    He and Josephine divorced in 1964.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1961
    Age 19
    Williams married Josephine Rogers in 1961; the couple's son, Otis Lamont, was born the same year.
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    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".
    More Details Hide Details The Temptations eventually became one of the most successful acts in black music over the course of its nearly five-decade existence, over which time notable singers such as David Ruffin, Dennis Edwards, former Distant Richard Street, Damon Harris, Ron Tyson, Ali-Ollie Woodson, Theo Peoples, Ray Davis and former Spinners singer G.C. Cameron have all been members. In fact, the group's lineup changes were so frequent, stressful and troublesome that Williams and Melvin Franklin promised each other they would never quit the group.
  • 1959
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Future Distants recordings were not as successful, and after an offer from Berry Gordy of Motown Records, Williams and his friends/bandmates Elbridge "Al" Bryant and Melvin Franklin quit the Distants.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1941
    Born
    Born on October 30, 1941.
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