Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Temptations – Treat Her Like A Lady (Gordy)

Classics: The Temptations – Treat Her Like A Lady (Gordy)

Totalizing some 57 albums since their debut back in 1964, The Temptations have inevitably gone thru various mutations. From a period to another. But also upon the various changes of their line-ups. Not to mention their collaborations with way different producers.

Setting up themselves first as a Doo-Wop group. Then coming to deliver some of the most beautiful pages in the history of Soul Music. They would embrace psychedelic vibes along with producer Norman Whitfield in the first half of the 70’s. Then get back to a reputedly more classic repertoire, although eventually venturing into R&B territories in the 80’s. From ‘Standing On The Top’ with production work by the likes of Rick James in 1982 to ‘Look What You Started’ 5 years after. Not to mention ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’…

One of the highlights from their 1984 ‘Truly For You’ album, ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’ saw them working with a dream team. From producers Al McKay and Ralph Johnson, remembered for their work with Earth, Wind & Fire. To arranger Victor Carstaphen who contributed shaping the Philadelphia Sound with MFSB, People’s Choice or Teddy Pendergrass. The Temptations delivering one of their most uplifting gems as a result. With lead singer Ali-Ollie Woodson‘s performance standing as the icing on the cake. Don’t you think?

– Raised in Town Creek, AL, Detroit, MI nativeAli-Ollie Woodson is best remembered as the lead singer of The Temptations. He first joined from 1984 to 1986 (replacing Dennis Edwards), then from 1988 to 1996. His biggest contribution to the group’s success is most likely the memorable ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’. A song which he co-wrote and co-produced meanwhile singing lead and playing keyboards, with arrangements courtesy of Vic Cartstaphen. Taken from the 1984 ‘Truly For You’ album, which went to #2 position on the U.S. R&B charts.
Hospitalized for several weeks, Woodson sadly died in Los Angeles, CA on May 30, 2010, after having battled against leukemia for nearly eighteen months. He was 58.

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