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William Otis Otey Clark 1915-2010

Artwork by William Otis Bemis, Mrs. Ch. Hall, Made of oil on canvas

Otis Williams (born Oct. 30, 1941) is an American baritone soul singer. Nicknamed "Big Daddy", he has also acted as a sporadic songwriter and record producer. Williams co-founded the iconic Motown vocal group The Temptations, with whom he continues to perform and record. He is the group's only surviving original member. In 1989, Otis Williams was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Temptations. Williams received an honorary doctorate from Stillman College in May…


William Beebe and Otis Barton with bathysphere after dive off Bermuda in 1934.

The Temptations (front to back): David Ruffin (1941-1991), Melvin Franklin (1942-1995), Paul Williams (1939-1973), Eddie Kendricks (1939-1992), and Otis Williams.


Backstage at the Apollo Theater, 1964, the Temptations practice the lyrics to their soon-to-be-a-hit song “My Girl,” coached by Smokey Robinson (who wrote the song with fellow Miracles member Ronald White). Clockwise from top: David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, and Smokey Robinson. © Michael Ochs Archives.


The "Classic 5" lineup of The Temptations: David Ruffin (bottom left), Melvin Franklin (top left), Paul Williams (top right), Otis Williams (bottom right), and Eddie Kendricks (center) Picture taken in 1965. Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and 14 Billboard R number-one singles.