TEMPTATIONS, FIRST EDITION INSCRIBED TWICE BY OTIS WILLIAMS, ALSO INSCRIBED BY MARY WILSON AND RON TYSON
WILLIAMS, Otis with ROMANOWSKI, Patricia. Temptations. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1988). Octavo, original half red cloth, original dust jacket. $400.
First edition of Williams’ firsthand history of Motown’s super group, inscribed by him on the part title, “To Cheryl, Love you, Otis, Temps ’88.” Additionally inscribed by him on the half title, as well as by Mary Wilson (“To Cheryl, Mary Wilson, Supremes”) and by Ron Tyson, who joined The Temptation as tenor in 1983.
"At least 19 men have blended their voices as Temptations since the group was welcomed under the wing of Berry Gordy, the master of Motown, in 1961," Ron Wertheimer wrote in the New York Times in 1998. "But only one singer, Otis Williams, has been part of the act every precision dance step of the way." In these pages, Williams chronicles the legendary group's rise and sometimes turbulent times, writing "as a man who is proud of having kept it alive for so long" (Publishers Weekly). Illustrated with 16 plates of black-and-white photographs. Inscribed and signed not only Williams but also by fellow legendary Motown singer Mary Wilson, founder of The Supremes; and Ron Tyson, tenor for The Temptations since 1983. Temptations concert tickets laid in.
Light marginal embrowning to interior. Minor abrasion to front board. Dust jacket lightly rubbed with short cut to front panel. A near-fine inscribed copy.