A unique medley by the Temptations, still at the height of their Motown reign, is the latest addition to the official YouTube channel of The Ed Sullivan Show.
The clip dates from the January 31, 1971 edition of the show, which was two months from the end of its regular run in syndication, dating back to 1948. At the time, the Temps were about to enter both the US pop and soul charts with their latest classic-to-be, “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” which they also performed on this edition. That would feature on the Sky’s The Limit album, which arrived in April. But here we see the peerless quintet dancing their way through a fast-moving medley featuring some interesting song choices. The show aired in its usual hour-long slot at 8pm on a Sunday night, also featuring fellow guests actor Jim Bailey, comedians Albert Brooks and Stiller & Meara, the duo of Connie Stevens and Peter Gennaro performing a Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire spoof, and fiddler Doug Kershaw.
The group began the clip by acknowledging one of the most popular Motown copyrights of the era, Ashford & Simpson’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” which had been a hit for both Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell in 1967 and, as her first solo No.1 in 1970, by Diana Ross.
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