Temptations and Elvis at Gordon Craig

Two legends appear at the Gordon Craig this weekend – from the Motor City to Memphis.

Treble Grammy Award winner and two-time American Music Award recipient, The Temptations lead singer, Richard Street will be at the Stevenage theatre on Sunday.

Front man of the iconic singing group from ’71 to ’93, Street was born and raised in Detroit, beginning his musical career at 12. In 1955 he joined his cousin and his best friend, Melvin Franklin (later to become the booming Temptations bass singer) to join vocal group Otis Williams And The Distants. This led to a lead vocal spot with Motown-signed The Monitors.

He also coached a three-girl group including Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard who would form The Supremes.

Richard went on to vet talent at Motown’s quality control department

Bizarrely, he also lent his tenor vocals to early Temptations records, but not at shows – singing into a mic from the wings, as the vocalist on stage lip-synched.

In 1971 he became a full-time member of the band, singing lead on the mighty Papa was a Rolling Stone and Ball of Confusion as well as Heavenly, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Hey Girl, Every Time I Close My Eyes, Bare Back and many more.

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One of the two members of the original Temptations still alive, Richard leads the music of the band in its five-man format.

On Friday, the On Tour With Elvis Show will bring a touch of Las Vegas to the new town.

Promising the songs, the sounds and the costumes of the King, the two-hour show includes the rock n roll hits, movie songs and million-selling number ones, as well as the ‘68 Comeback Special and ‘70s Las Vegas performances.

The suitably-named Michael King – the only UK winner of the Las Vegas Elvis Icon Award, dons the black leather jacket and jumpsuits.

Tickets for both shows at �24 and �19 respectively are available at the box office on 01438 363200.

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