The checkered story of 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' included Gladys and the group's R&B No.1 version, before Marvin took ownership of the song.
The stirring ballad became the group's second Motown, and third overall, R&B No.1.
The Whitfield-Strong song matched a typically socially aware lyric with a busy, funky, brass-fuelled beat.
The Grammy-winning song is a revered example of the group’s fruitful relationship with producer Norman Whitfield and his co-writer Barrett Strong
The powerful song was the second single from the group's 'Puzzle People' album.
Whitfield and Barrett Strong's psychedelic soul story of a wayward father and the family he left behind became a Motown classic.
'Beauty Is Only Skin Deep' became the third of four consecutive R&B No.1s for the Emperors of Soul.
'War' was deemed a little too forthright to be a Temptations single, but Edwin made it a powerful message song and a huge hit.
From the superb catalogue of the Emperors of Soul, 20 of the best Temptations songs in this exclusive playlist, including their latest album 'All The Time'.
The group's brilliant vocal performance on another memorable Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong composition climbed to No. 1.
The album completed the group's transition to a more experimental sound, heavily influenced by psychedelic rock and by their adventurous producer, Norman Whitfield.
The single entered the pop and soul charts as its parent album 'Solid Rock' climbed to No. 1 R&B.
Attempting to build on the success of ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ The Temptations’ And Norman Whitfield created ‘Masterpiece’ in 1973.
‘I Wish It Would Rain' topped the Billboard soul listing for 17 February 1968, as the Tempts' fabulous run of No. 1s continued.
On 8 February 1975, the group proved that there was life after Norman Whitfield, climbed to No. 1 with ‘Happy People,’ co-written by Commodore Richie.