Happy Birthday, Otis Williams!

There are some people who leave an indelible mark on popular music and yet don't receive the individual accolades they deserve. Today we're celebrating the birthday of one of those people: Otis Williams of the Temptations.

The undisputed leader, taskmaster and "glue" of the group, Williams has kept soul music's most popular quintet moving forward for five decades, creating some of the most memorable music of the past half century in the process.

Williams stands as the last living member of the original group, and continues to be the driving force for the act to this day.  And while other group members such as David Ruffin, Eddie Kendrick and, later, Dennis Edwards received most of the attention, Otis quietly kept the ship afloat through some turbulent times. Below is a video of one of Otis's rare turns at lead vocals, on the great "Don't Send Me Away."

Happy Birthday, Mr. Williams!

There are some people who leave an indelible mark on popular music and yet don't receive the individual accolades they deserve. Today we're celebrating the birthday of one of those people: Otis Williams of the Temptations.

The undisputed leader, taskmaster and "glue" of the group, Williams has kept soul music's most popular quintet moving forward for five decades, creating some of the most memorable music of the past half century in the process.

Williams stands as the last living member of the original group, and continues to be the driving force for the act to this day.  And while other group members such as David Ruffin, Eddie Kendrick and, later, Dennis Edwards received most of the attention, Otis quietly kept the ship afloat through some turbulent times. Below is a video of one of Otis's rare turns at lead vocals, on the great "Don't Send Me Away."

Happy Birthday, Mr. Williams!

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