Elbridge Bryant Rhythm and blues Artist

Elbridge "Al" Bryant (September 28, 1939 – October 26, 1975) was an American tenor, and one of the founding members of Motown singing group The Temptations. Bryant (nicknamed "Al" or "Bones") was born in Thomasville, Georgia and later moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he met best friend Otis Williams. Williams and Bryant were in a number of groups together, including Otis Williams & the Siberians, the El Domingoes, and The Distants before forming The Elgins in 1960 with fellow Distants Melvin Franklin and Otis Williams, and Primes Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams. The Elgins would re-christen themselves as The Temptations before signing with Miracle Records, a subsidiary of Motown Records. After releasing two of the group’s singles, the label was closed and all following singles were released under the Gordy Records label. On The Temptations’ studio recordings using this lineup, Paul Williams and Kendricks would split most of the leads, while Otis Williams, Franklin and (the rarely recorded) Bryant were usually called upon to sing background vocals and deliver ad-libs, harmony vocals, and occasionally a few lead lines.

Personal details

Date of birth
September 28th, 1939
United States of America
Date of death
October 26th, 1975 at age of 36
Place of death
Flagler County
Cause of death
African American

Musical acts

1.The Temptations Rock music, Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk, Rock and roll

1960 - 1963

The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the group was highly influential to the evolution R&B and soul music. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history. As of 2014, the Temptations continue to perform with one living original member, Otis Williams, still in the lineup. Featuring five male vocalists and dancers, the group formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan under the name "The Elgins". The original founding members were originally members of two rival Detroit vocal groups: Otis Williams, Elbridge "Al" Bryant, and Melvin Franklin of Otis Williams & the Distants, and Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams of The Primes. In 1964, Bryant was replaced by David Ruffin, who was the lead vocalist on a number of the group's biggest hits, including "My Girl", "Ain't Too Proud to Beg", and "I Wish It Would Rain". Ruffin was replaced in 1968 by Dennis Edwards, with whom the group continued to record hit records such as "Cloud Nine" and "Ball of Confusion".

Member history

Member Role Start End
1960 1963
Paul Williams
1960 1971
Vocals 1960
1960 1971
1960 1994
1964 1968
1968 1977
1971 1971
1971 1975
1971 1993
1975 1983
1977 1980
Vocals 1983
1984 1986
1992 1998
1994 1995
1995 2003
Vocals 1997
1998 2003
Vocals 2003
G.C. Cameron
2003 2007
Vocals 2007


Album title Released Type
Meet The Temptations 1964 Studio album
The Temptations Sing Smokey 1965 Studio album
Temptin' Temptations 1965 Studio album
Gettin' Ready 1966 Studio album
The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul 1967 Studio album
In a Mellow Mood 1967 Studio album
The Temptations Wish It Would Rain 1968 Studio album
Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations 1968 Studio album
Cloud Nine 1969 Studio album
Together 1969 Studio album
Puzzle People 1969 Studio album
Psychedelic Shack 1970 Studio album
The Temptations Christmas Card 1970 Studio album
Sky's the Limit 1971 Studio album
Solid Rock 1972 Studio album
All Directions 1972 Studio album
Masterpiece 1973 Studio album
1990 1973 Studio album
A Song for You 1975 Studio album
House Party 1975 Studio album
Wings of Love 1976 Studio album
The Temptations Do The Temptations 1976 Studio album
Hear to Tempt You 1977 Studio album
Bare Back 1978 Studio album
Give Love at Christmas 1980 Studio album
Power 1980 Studio album
The Temptations 1981 Studio album
Reunion 1982 Studio album
Back to Basics 1983 Studio album
Surface Thrills 1983 Studio album
Truly for You 1984 Studio album
Touch Me 1985 Studio album
To Be Continued 1986 Studio album
Together Again 1987 Studio album
Special 1989 Studio album
Milestone 1991 Studio album
For Lovers Only 1995 Studio album
Phoenix Rising 1998 Studio album
Ear-Resistible 2000 Studio album
Awesome 2001 Studio album
Legacy 2004 Studio album
Reflections 2006 Studio album
Back to Front 2007 Studio album
Still Here 2010 Studio album
The Temptations Show 1969 Soundtrack
On Broadway 1969 Soundtrack

Official website


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