Richard Street of The Temptations has just returned to the U.S. from tour dates in Greece and London, performed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Gala in Canton, OH, and is in the process of writing his autobiography. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Motown and 39 years after he first joined The Temptations as a full time member. Richard Street maintains a rigorous schedule that would exhaust a man half his age.
Performing at the Pro Football Hall of Fame celebrations has become a regular stop for the legendary vocalist. A recent performance included 2009 inductee, Dallas Cowboys' defensive end Bruce Smith, joining Street and his band for a jubilant version of classic "My Girl." Says Street, "I couldn't get the microphone away from Tony Dorsett (Dallas Cowboys). Michael Irvin (Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins) is a pretty good singer and Jim Kelly (Buffalo Bills) also got up on the stage. It's getting to be a tradition, going there and playing the private parties. I also went to Dallas to sing the national anthem before one of the Cowboy games - that was an honor."
Prior to joining The Temptations, Street worked at Motown in the company's rigorous quality control department. "Everything that was cut downstairs would come up, and I would hear it first before Berry Gordy and nine other people would vote on it," he recalls.
Street officially joined The Temptations in 1971. Hits that he was featured on include "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," whose co-writer and producer, Norman Whitfield, had worked with Street in quality control. "Norman called me and told me to come downstairs to listen to something. As soon as I heard that bass line I knew it was going to be a very big record. That 'wah-wah' guitar and the different voices coming in; variety was the key to The Temptations' success in the early seventies."
Richard Street is represented by Los Angeles entertainment attorney Helen Yu of Yu Leseberg, A Professional Law Corporation, who notes the undiminished power of the music and her client's active career. "The Motown sound is an fundamental pillar of American music whose longevity reflects the universality of the songs and the superlative artists who sang them. Working with Richard is a reminder that music of substance can endure and influence successive generations of listeners who continue to rediscover the magic."
Says Richard Street. "It's the hard working folks whose families came up working in the factories that built Motown. When I was a kid I never dreamed that I could be a part of something like this; to be a part of history, to make music that would be heard all over the world."