Otis Williams of the Temptations

Some people dream about making lots of money, some dream about earning a gold medal and some dream of entertaining the world. The Temptations did and still do entertain the world with their timeless music. I dream of interviewing as many iconic entertainers as I can. I cannot express to you what it means to me to have interviewed the legendary Temptations founder, Dr. Otis Williams. He is now referred to as “Dr. Williams” because he received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2008. He is very humble, very experienced and down-right funny! I hope you find great interest in the questions and answers in the following interview. I’m forever grateful for this opportunity. Enjoy!

SJM: You’re a living legend. What does it mean to you to be a part of history that will never be repeated or forgotten?

Dr. Williams: It’s really a gratifying feeling to know that I am viewed upon in that sense. We started out singing. All I wanted to do was sing, have hit records, make money, and have the girls screaming like any other artist would like to do and aspire to be. Little did I know, being at the right place at the right time in Detroit when Motown was starting out, was God’s divine intervention. Motown has become so historical and I don’t take being a part of it for granted! I know now, Motown coming along in the sixties, has been denoted as the most tumultuous decade within the last hundred years because all kinds of crazy stuff was happening. For this company to come along and forge its way through was definitely God’s intervention. I can’t even put it into words what it means to me.

SJM: Wonderful. As a legend, what do you feel is your duty to the younger generation?

Dr. Williams: Well it is to be something positive. Like the way your son sees the Temptations because, you know, they need that. I’m not trying to knock the artists I see today with all the crotch grabbing and pants across their behind and cursing on stage, but, we don’t aspire to have that kind of image. It is such a heartwarming feeling to see how your son is gravitating to something he aspires to be. It means a lot to touch a little guy or girl’s heart that makes them feel like they want to do what we are doing. The words just don’t flow enough for what it means.

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