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The Temptations’ Otis Williams Honored At City College Center For The Arts

At 80 years of age, the last surviving member of the original Temptations, Otis Williams is being honored by the City College Center for the Arts with a special live, virtual event.

Celebrating the 60-year history of the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Award-winning Williams and The Temptations, on November 1, the affair will feature a conversation with the band’s baritone, a founding and the sole surviving original member of legendary Motown group. Sharing memories about the “Evolution of The Temptations’ Music, 1961 – 2021,” and celebrating his 80th birthday, the special virtual conversation will be simulcast at from the Aaron Davis Hall’s renowned Marian Anderson Theatre.

About the event, City College Center for the Arts Managing Director Greg Shanck stated: “For more than four decades, Aaron Davis Hall has been Harlem’s performing arts center. World scholars, artistic giants and academic geniuses like Nelson Mandela, Alicia Keys, President Barack Obama and Ella Fitzgerald, just to name a few, have blessed these stages through the years. The City College of New York is so proud of the contributions The Temptations have made, and continue to make, to the American cultural landscape and we are honored to add their name to that distinguished list.” 

Otis Williams, legendary recording artist, songwriter, executive producer and author, said, “I am thrilled to be celebrating the group’s 60th Anniversary and my 80th birthday with our extended Tempts’ family from across the City College campus in Harlem, and throughout New York and the rest of the country. The Temptations had some of its most memorable performances in Harlem and other parts of New York during our career. To mark these capstones with an online discussion about my career at the prestigious and diverse City College of New York, a college known for its commitment to the Performing Arts, and for recognizing one of the greatest trailblazers in American music history, Marian Anderson, is an incredible honor for me and The Temptations.”

Distinguished musician, composer and entertainment entrepreneur K. Sparks will conduct the online event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT and will feature other special guests.

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Author; Al Denté

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