The Temptations: David vs Eddie

@worldwise1 (14890)
United States
August 4, 2007 4:03pm CST
I have been doing a personal retrospective on the Temptations(whom I love to pieces). Both David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick achieved stardom while singing with the group. I have been trying to decide which was my favorite, and I cannot choose. I feel that each brought his own special quality to the group. If there are any fans of the Temptations out there I would like to have your opinion.
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@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
4 Aug 07
Hmmmm...that is a hard decision. Like you said, both brought his own energy and style to the Temps. I think I like Eddie a little better though. His personality wasn't quite as dominate as David. They were both amazing performers though. I'm 23 and a huge Temptations fan.:)
@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
4 Aug 07
Good for you, Flight. I am from an earlier generation, but I live in fear that the great music of the 60s and 70s will be passed over. In my opinion, we had some of the best music and artists to come from that era.
@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
5 Aug 07
You are so right about music. I was lucky enough to grow up listening to many different eras of music.:)
• United States
4 Aug 07
I've been a Temps fan since the 60's (Ain't Too Proud To Beg, Beauty's Only Skin Deep [Yeh Yeh Yeh]). I like both those guys.
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
4 Aug 07
Those were what I call the glory days of music, tallpaulno. I have not found an era to compare with that particular one.
• United States
11 Oct 09
Time to get THIS one out of hiding. David really stood out in the group, & it was that next song that they did when he joined that became their first hit - The Way You Do The Things you Do ... The song before that was also written by William "Smokey" Robinson, & that song, where Paul Williams sung lead on, was their best achievement on the charts, even though it wasn't much of a hit. Today, that song is considered one of the classics. My opinion may be a bit biased, because I'm friends with David Ruffin Jr. However, if anyone knew any of the names of any of the past &/or present personnel who was a Temptation, most seem to know David Ruffin. It seemed that My Girl & Ain't Proud To Beg pretty much made him very well-known. Eddie Kendricks comes in as a VERY close second for me. I think that David's best work was on The Temptations Sing Smokey & Temptin' Temptations albums. Most of the songs were written by Smokey Robinson, some with help of members of The Miracles. Eddie also sang lead on quite a lot of the songs, & then later on Just My Imagination. I thought he did a good job with one of Smokey Robinson's first songs titled Happy Landing. This was actually supposed to be one of the songs on the Sing Smokey album, but it seems that they chose to have The Way You Do The Things You Do on that album (as well as their first album) instead.
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@caribe (2465)
• United States
5 Aug 07
I am a fan of a lot of the older groups including the Temptations. Hey, we must be twins since we look just alike.
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
5 Aug 07
even though i am younger when i was a child my parents always listened to all those great bands,and i loved the temtations.i think both of them were great and they both put their best to what they did.but if i had to choose i would pick david,he was really good,and very entertaining.the temtations are what you call real music,all the music now adays dont compare,sometimes you cant even understand the words or the concepts of the songs now adays.the oldies were goodies.they dont make band like that anymore.here where i live on tv,they always have on specials with all the oldies groups,its music to your hears.