I always thought the Temptations lost out on love when they lost the voice, of Smokey Robinson, as a writer for them when sole control was handed over to Norman Whitfield. Not that, he along with Eddie Hollands couldn’t craft some beautiful tunes together for the baddest soul group to emerge, from Motown.
I always thought that Frank Wilson understood exactly, what the Temptations was created to be when he worked in smaller capacities with, the Temptations. Except, he never had the chance to compete with Whitfield’s except on special occasion with them.
We very aware that gaining, a foot hold on the Supremes wasn’t in the cards because, of Holland, Dozier, Holland control, of them. Except he did when it appeared that friction between Berry Gordy, and the label best selling group producers had a disagreement over business matters.
When, the two top groups, of Motown sixties era appeared on , the Ed Sullivan show in the late sixties singing one another songs in limited performances you realize two things that was amazing to your ears. One was , the Temptations with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks could bring originality to the songs, of the Supremes main producers. Plus, the Supremes, with Mary, Cindy and Diana Ross cold get a little funky when offer the opportunity.
Whoever came up with the though to record the two groups together must be giving credit for that wishing thinking? Except, by the time,they joined together to record the album one vital piece was missing like a puzzle unsolved. The man, the voice of the Temptations, Mister David Ruffin. Who was terminated, from the group?
And, in his placed stood Dennis Edwards, who soulfulness was a little deeper Ruffin, because one voice was tender and raspy and the other was forceful. And, while Smokey Robinson wasn’t part , of the production, of the Temptations and the Supremes project you knew Frank Wilson along with Nick Ashford has his songs in mind.
While “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” was the top song off the album spotlighting Eddie Kendricks and Diana Ross many stands ready to admit the album would have had, a different mixture to it with David Ruffin aboard. Still, you had Kendricks helming the vocal ship, as captain singing on Robinson’s “I’ll Try Something New” with Ross that might not sold highly like the old Dee Dee Warwick’s hit that was released to the public. You comes to the conclusion that they blended pretty well together.
With Ruffin faded, from the group , we saw the original the first lead vocalist getting his dues on songs that he might not have gotten lead upon, as a Temptation.Sure, it was the beginning, of the Motown scheme to fake people out that with the Supremes and Diana Ross , you would be getting two acts, as opposed to one. When , the title, of the albums proclaims Diana Ross join the Temptations and the Supremes.
Just the thought, of eight people singing together was extraordinary because, it wasn’t a Broadway’s show performance, of a show.With, H.B.Barnum, Gene Page and Paul Riser, a name behind more Motown’s hits, as an arranger they pulled off something that hadn’t been done since.
So, essentially Frank Wilson prove exactly, what many knew about him, as a composer. Things, we saw with the seventies Supremes and Eddie Kendricks, as a solo artist that like Smokey Robinson. If given the chance to compete against Norman “Hitman” Whitfield’s he might have kept that love within the group that they was know for when he produced them upon “All I Need” which incenditally was co written, by Frank Wilson.
And, guess what? I think they realized, by this time before Whitfield understood Dennis Edwards, that the man could handle lead vocalist, as he contributed some good tunes. Although, you know it. He wasn’t David Ruffin, but he didn’t need to be because he handle his lead spot greatly, as a members of the Temptations.