The tangled history of
Contents
PAGE 1 Ca. 1955 - 1958

Introduction
The Cavaliers, Primes, Siberians
"Pecos Kid"
The El Domingoes

PAGE 2 1959/60 Johnnie Mae Matthews
Northern Records, The Distants,
Melvin Franklin, the Voice Masters
PAGE 3 1960/61 Berry Gordy
The Elegants, The Elgins
The Temptations
PAGE 4 1961/2 Hitsville, Miracle Records
David Ruffin, The Contours
Gordy Records
PAGE 5 1962 "The Pirates", Nolan Strong
Richard Street & the Distants
PAGE 6 1962/3 The Apollo Theatre
Al Bryant leaves
David Ruffin joins
PAGE 7 1964 -
present
Postscript
Al - after the Temptations
Epilogue
Acknowledgements
Last revision: July 17, 2004