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Saturday, October 24, 2009

MOTOWN CLASSIC FLASHBACK: THE TEMPTS CLASSIC ANTHEM FOR LADIES


THE TEMPTATIONS
TREAT HER LIKE A LADY
WRITTEN BY OTIS WILLIAMS & ALI-OLLIE WODDSON
PRODUCED BY ALBERT PHILLIP McKAY & RALPH RANDOLPH JOHNSON
1984 GORDY RECORDS
RELEASED OCTOBER 1, 1984
# 2 R&B/ # 48 Pop
TEMPTATIONS LINEUP AT THE TIME-OTIS WILLIAMS, MELVIN FRANKLIN, RICHARD STREET, RON TYSON & ALI-OLLIE WOODSON.

In the mid 1980's, New Wave, Rock and Rap music started to dominate the music charts and airwaves and as always, The Temptations came though with a classic hit. "Treat Her Like A Lady" which became the legendary Motown's group biggest selling single of the 1980's, amd became a personal favorite of the fans and the group's founder and surviving member Otis Williams who co-wrote this hot track with former lead singer Ali-Ollie Woodson, who's electrifying vocals made this song an anthem for women who wanted to treated with class and for men who wanted to imppress the ladies without being hypomacho.
"This is one of my favorites, and not because I wrote part of it" Williams wrote in the liner notes of the group's "My Girl: The Very Best of The Temptations" and Gold compliations. "It was one of those songs that never seems to fade."
Williams is right; many teenage boys used to perform this song at talent shows and most of the time they wound up coming in first and second place. This song has great music arrangements and melodies courtesy of the keyboards and synsersizers performed by Woodson, harmony by the group which at the time consisted of Williams, Melvin Franklin, Richard Street, Ron Tyson and Woodson, who was able to sing, ad-lib and riff, while blending with the group.

Now I like opening doors
Picking your hanky off the floor
Treat her like a lady
Treat her like a lady
Light her cigarette if she smokes
Even
Help her with her coat
Treat her like a lady
Compliment her on her hair
Even help her with her chair
Treat her like a lady
Treat her like a lady
Now bow you should remember to be a gentleman
Treat her like a lady.

This classic sounds as good as it did when it was first released twenty five years ago, and it showed that The Tempts had the ability to show the males that treating a lady with respect will never go out of style.

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