The Temptations Celebrate 60 Years with New Single

“Is It Gonna Be Yes or No” features founding member Otis Williams and Smokey Robinson
The Temptations
The Tempations — Otis Williams (left), Ron Tyson, Mario Corbino, Willie Greene, Jr., Terry Weeks — have released a new song with Smokey Robinson. // Photograph by Jay Gilbert

Motown icons The Temptations are celebrating 60 years as a group. To commemorate the anniversary, they’ve released a new single called “Is It Gonna Be Yes or No.” The song is a duet between the group — including Otis Williams, The Temptations’ founding and sole surviving original member — and Motown artist, songwriter, and producer Smokey Robinson, who in the ’60s worked on hits such as “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” and “The Way You Do The Things You Do” for the group. 

 

“It’s wonderful to be back together. When The Tempts first met Smoke we were teenagers, young Black men in Detroit who had no clue that our partnership at Motown would produce ‘My Girl,’ one of the greatest hits of all time,” Williams says in a press release. “And our success together didn’t stop there. We had chart hit after chart hit and, soon after, our music was heard around the world. Now, 60 years later, as I turn 80, Smoke and I have come full circle. I never imagined we would have the opportunity to get back in the studio and do it all again.”

“Is It Gonna Be Yes or No” is now available to stream and download on Spotify, Apple Music, and more. The song will appear on the group’s next album, Temptations 60, which will be released in 2022.

 

Along with singing on the track, Robinson also wrote and produced the song. “When Otis called me and said, ‘Hey man, we’re doing a new album and we’d like you to do a song, that got me excited about working together again. That was it, that’s all it took,” says Robinson in a press release. “I proceeded to write a new song for them, and I was very happy to, because it’s been a long time. When I showed up at the studio, Otis said, ‘Man, I want you to sing on this one with us.’ So, I said, ‘Oh, OK, I’m very excited about the song, let’s do it! You, know, it’s just great working with them, always.”

 

The new single and album are part of The Temptations’ 60th Anniversary campaign, which launched in June. In honor of their anniversary, the group has also scheduled a 50-city tour, and they’ll be remastering their music videos, releasing a new content series, and more.

For more information, visit temptationsofficial.com

 

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