GRAMMY winner Richard Street, a former member of the Temptations, died Feb. 27 in Las Vegas following a short illness. He was 70. Street joined the Temptations in the early '70s and remained with the group for more than 20 years before pursuing a solo career. During his tenure, the Temptations landed several Top 40 hits, including 1972's chart-topper "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone," which won two GRAMMYs for Best R&B Instrumental Performance and Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus at the 15th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1973. The song was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1999. Street left the Temptations in 1993. Street's death follows the recent passing of fellow former Temptations member Damon Harris, who died Feb. 18 at age 62. The Temptations were honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in early February.
The Recording Academy today announced its 2013 Special Merit Awards recipients. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin' Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page, Ravi Shankar, and the Temptations; Trustees Award honorees are Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Leonard and Phil Chess, and Alan Livingston; and Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith, and Royer Labs are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.
A special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 9, 2013, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, which will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
"Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come."
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, as well as The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.
Music has long been a staple at weddings, from Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March," which is often played as the bride walks down the aisle, to Beyoncé's GRAMMY-winning "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" signaling all the "single ladies" to prepare for the traditional bouquet toss.
But perhaps the most emotional musical moment at any wedding is the traditional father-daughter dance. It's one of those fathers-only moments that will happen only once…hopefully. For sons, memories may lay in the first time your dad taught you to ride a bike, throw a ball or catch a fish.
Over the years, father figures have been the subject of many songs — whether it's playing the role of a preacher, a teacher, a protector, or generally the one who knows best. So for this Father's Day on June 16, we're bringing you our GRAMMY playlist in acknowledgement of the men we can't live without, whether you call him father, daddy or big poppa.
The Black Keys, Best Alternative Music Album, 2010
Who is most likely to fight over dad's attention this Father's Day? Brothers, of course (and maybe sisters). This album also garnered Michael Carney, brother of the Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney, Best Recording Package at the 53rd GRAMMY Annual Awards.
"Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Part 1)" (iTunes>)
James Brown, GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, 1999
"He ain't no drag, he's got a brand new bag" and he's the Godfather of Soul. This track helped Brown gain momentum among a mainstream audience in 1965, and garnered him hist first GRAMMY for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording at the 8th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
"My Father's Eyes" (iTunes>)
Eric Clapton, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, 1998
Clapton, arguably a musician who is most familiar with the hardships of fatherhood having lost a young son, sings a beautiful song about a father teaching his son in the eyes of his own father: "How do I teach him?/Bit by bit I've realized/That's when I need them/That's when I need my father's eyes."
"Oh Daddy" (iTunes>)
Fleetwood Mac, Album Of The Year for Rumours, 1977
Rumours have it that the "daddy" in this song is Mick Fleetwood — the one member of this GRAMMY-winning group that kept it all together during a rough patch in Fleetwood Mac's career marked by turbulent interband relationships and substance abuse.3
Father's Day GRAMMY Playlist
"Song For My Father" (iTunes>)
The Horace Silver Quintet, GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, 1999
Pianist Horace Silver probably wrote the ultimate blank Father's Day card with this instrumental jazz GRAMMY Hall Of Famer. Whatever you'd like to say to your father on June 16, dedicate this song to him — it speaks for itself.
"Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days)" (iTunes>)
The Judds, Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, 1986
Some of the best moments with fathers (or grandfathers) are spent telling stories of the "good old days." Together with her mom Wynonna, Naomi Judd asks the grandpa in this song about the days when lovers really fell in love and daddies never went away. The song also won the GRAMMY for Best Country Song.
"Papa Don't Preach" (iTunes>)
Madonna, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female nominee, 1986
You may remember the feeling of fear inside when confessing to your father that you wrecked the car or failed a test. For Madonna, the topic of teenage pregnancy led her to sing "Papa don't preach, I'm in trouble deep." And if you watch the accompanying music video you'll find he listened when she said, "Don't you stop loving me daddy."
"My Heart Belongs To Daddy" (iTunes>)
Mary Martin, GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, 2007
Martin received her first big break on Broadway when she played the part of Dolly Winslow in Cole Porter's 1938 musical "Leave It To Me!" She performed a show-stopping rendition of "My Heart Belongs To Daddy" while suggestively perched atop a large cabin trunk. This makes us wonder who else her heart belonged to.
"Father Figure" (iTunes>)
George Michael, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male nominee, 1988
Michael topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988 with this track that speaks perfectly to those men in our lives who may not be fathers in the literal sense, but will nonetheless be the ones to love you "'til the end of time." The song comes from the Album Of The Year-winning Faith.
"Big Poppa" (iTunes>)
Notorious B.I.G., Best Rap Solo Performance nominee, 1995
OK, this track isn't exactly a tribute to fathers, but the late Notorious B.I.G. references a few ladies he saw one night that should have been having his baby, so it's safe to say he had fatherhood in mind.
Live At St. Douglas Convent
Father Guido Sarducci, Best Comedy Recording nominee, 1980
What would a Father's Day playlist be without the mention of a father of the cloth, Father Guido Sarducci, the fictional character created by comedian Don Novello. If you aren't familiar with this recording, you may remember Father Sarducci from his appearances on "Saturday Night Live" during the '70s.
Father Father (iTunes>)
Pops Staples, Best Contemporary Blues Album, 1994
Not only is he a GRAMMY winner himself, but Pops Staples is also the father of GRAMMY-winning artist Mavis Staples and the rest of the Staple Singers clan. Someone should have recorded an album titled Father Father as a dedication to him.
"Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (iTunes>)
The Temptations, GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, 1999
This song, about an absentee father, doesn't exactly fall under the category of warm and fuzzy when it comes to tunes about fathers, but that didn't keep the Temptations from reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972.
Father And Son
Hank Williams Sr. And Hank Williams Jr., Best Country & Western Album nominee, 1965
This father-son country powerhouse teamed to record Father And Son in 1965, with the senior landing them in the Top 10 on the Country Albums chart. Apparently, Williams is considered the father of country music.
"Dance With My Father" (iTunes>)
Luther Vandross, Song Of The Year, 2003
This is perhaps one of the more emotional tunes for a Father's Day playlist. For Vandross, dancing with his father as a child is a metaphor for the love, comfort and protection a father provides. The album of the same name won the GRAMMY for Best R&B Album.
Nas, Best Rap Performance, nominee, 2012
Check it out: Nas wrote this song as a reflection on the growth of his daughter, Destiny Jones, who he says was "taught and rasied like a princess." The song also garnered Nas and a cast of writers a nomination for Best Rap Song.
What song will you dedicate to the man you look up to? Drop us a comment.
What are your plans this week? Wait, don't answer yet, there's more! As in, more going on this week than you might have ever imagined. It's GRAMMY Week, and that means there's six days of high-profile public and private events in Los Angeles celebrating music, its stars and a certain gramophone-shaped statue. Is there a better way to warm up for the 55th GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10?
So how do you get in on all the action when, well, you're in Warren, Mich., or, you there, you're in Jackson, Tenn.? Well, it's simple. We'll have video, photos and play-by-play after each event at GRAMMY.com, and you can join the action each day and night by following @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, liking "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and joining the GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, Google+, and Instagram. You never know what one of your favorite music stars may say or do. And tune in to GRAMMY Live starting Feb. 8 for live coverage.
For now, we'll simply give you a taste of what's to come.
Arguably the highest-profile event this side of the GRAMMY Awards, the Pre-GRAMMY Gala is a private VIP party held in conjunction with music mogul Clive Davis. It hosts the biggest names in entertainment the night before the GRAMMYs. This red carpet rivals the GRAMMYs, the Oscars, Golden Globes, SAG Awards — you name it.
Next on the "I wish I could get a ticket to that" list is the MusiCares' Person of the Year gala, which both raises money for MusiCares, and features a list of stars honoring a music industry giant. This year the Boss Bruce Springsteen will be honored.
Hold on, don't order yet, because we're going to throw in these great events as well.
The GRAMMY Foundation will host several events that will be especially noteworthy this year. The Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon is an annual event that brings together legal professionals with aspiring law students to discuss hot-button topics in the entertainment law field. This year a keynote roundtable discussion will include NBC News correspondent Tom Brokaw.
Similarly, the Foundation's 15th Annual Music Preservation Project, "Play It Forward — A Celebration of Music's Evolution And Influencers," will bring in the star power to celebrate music's legacy. Performing artists include Yolanda Adams, Emmylou Harris, Lianne La Havas, Lupe Fiasco, LeAnn Rimes, Ed Sheeran, and George Thorogood And The Destroyers, so this will be one time everyone will agree on the theory of evolution.
The Foundation also hosts GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training, a one-day educational event that is tailored to give students and aspiring young musicians a taste of what the music industry feels like from the inside. Participants will include current GRAMMY nominees Lecrae and Elle Varner; producer and musical director for Janelle Monáe Terrence Brown; the Tonight Show Band vocalist Allison Iraheta; composer Joseph Trapanese; and KCRW DJ/entrepreneur Anthony Valadez, among others.
The Academy will also again host the Social Media Rock Stars Summit, a panel discussion featuring some of the prime architects in the field.
This year, in conjunction with Billboard magazine, Billboard's Power 100 event will rock GRAMMY Week by celebrating the 100 most influential people in the music industry as determined by Billboard's annual themed issue. If you want to know who's shaping the music world today, plug in to this event.
The Producers & Engineers Wing will present "An Evening of Jazz," honoring 27-time GRAMMY winner and multi-talented music producer Quincy Jones and 18-time GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Al Schmitt.
And The Recording Academy also honors legendary music acts and industry figures with its annual Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception, where groundbreaking artists are honored with the Lifetime Achievement, Trustees and Technical GRAMMY Awards. This year's honorees include such luminary artists as pianist Glenn Gould, jazz bassist Charlie Haden, Carole King, and the great Motown vocal group the Temptations.
It's all capped off by the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10. While tuning in to CBS for the telecast, be sure to log on to GRAMMY.com to follow our liveblog, your ticket to follow the show online and join the conversation. After the show, The Academy celebrates in style with its stunning after-party, the GRAMMY Celebration.
And beginning Friday, Feb. 8, you can get an insider's view into the three days of VIP events leading up to the show with GRAMMY Live including real-time coverage of events and highlights such as the Social Media Rock Stars Summit and the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year gala, and a complete stream of the GRAMMY Pre-Telecast Ceremony.
Come back to GRAMMY.com and experience GRAMMY Week, and don't forget to tune in to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT.
(In addition to the GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy presents Special Merit Awards recognizing contributions of significance to the recording field, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY Award. In the days leading up to the 55th GRAMMY Awards, GRAMMY.com will present the tributes to the 2013 Special Merit Awards recipients.)
As their name suggests, the Temptations' music was hard to resist. It was so irresistible, they became arguably the most successful vocal group of the '60s and one of the defining acts that made Detroit soul as important an export for the city as the cars produced by General Motors or Ford.
And the group's collective talent allowed them equal success as a sweet soul group in the early '60s, and as the makers of socially charged, muscular soul in the late '60s and early '70s.
The Temptations came together with the merger of two Motor City vocal groups: the Primes, led by Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams, and the Distants featuring Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin. Originally called the Elgins, they quickly renamed themselves the Temptations, but one element was still missing. That proved to be tenor David Ruffin. Shortly after his addition, the group went into the studio with Smokey Robinson and emerged with their first Top 20 hit, 1964's "The Way You Do The Things You Do." The quintet followed in 1965 with their first No. 1 hit, "My Girl," which was co-written by Robinson.
As the decade progressed, producer/songwriter Norman Whitfield took the reins in the studio and the husky-voiced Ruffin handled more leads. The result was a grittier urban sound on hits such as "(I Know) I'm Losing You" and "I Wish It Would Rain."
After Ruffin's departure in 1968, which led to the addition of Dennis Edwards, the Temptations segued into more politically aware songs. Hits such as "Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)" made them among the earliest Motown acts to make socially conscious music, likely influencing such labelmates as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, who in the early '70s would take their cue from colleagues such as the Temptations as well as the changing times to make explosively strong activist music.
Still working closely with Whitfield on songs he co-wrote with Barrett Strong, the Temptations scored other lasting hits such as "Cloud Nine," "Run Away Child, Running Wild," "Psychedelic Shack," and "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone." And just to prove they could still record perhaps the world's greatest ballad, they also reached No. 1 with "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" during this period.
Nearly 40 Top 40 hits over a 50-plus-year career through various lineup changes is a glowing testament to a group that so defined, embodied and inhabited the role of the R&B vocal group, it might be tempting to call them the ultimate vocal group of all time. Don't feel bad if you give in to that temptation.