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janebse (janebse)
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Post Number: 48
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Posted on Sunday, October 03, 2004 - 4:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Does anyone know the exact date when Cholly Atkins began to do the choreography for the Temptations? Did he do the choreography for all or most of the songs after that date? Or was the choreography always a compilation of Cholly and Tempt input? I guess these are questions that should have been asked when Cholly was alive. I suspect, like most of life, that the choreography was a combination of Cholly, Tempts and whoever else was around.
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Robb_K (robb_k)
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Posted on Sunday, October 03, 2004 - 6:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I know he started teachingmost of the groups in early 1965, when the Motown School started. However, I think he was at Motown in 1964, and I'd bet he was working with the Temptations before the school was started. I'd guess, atleas,mid 1964.
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mike s (mike_s)
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Posted on Monday, October 04, 2004 - 5:59 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sharon Davis' Motown the History says Cholly became a freelance coach in the Fifties and was signed by Motown as a staff choreographer in 1965.
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Gary (gary)
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Posted on Monday, October 04, 2004 - 8:55 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've always been told that, prior to Cholly Atkins' arrival, Paul Williams designed most of the Temptations' stage routines. I thought it was Paul who choreographed the steps for early classics like "My Girl", "It's Growiung", "The Way You Do...", etc.
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Tony Russi (tony_russi)
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Posted on Monday, October 04, 2004 - 10:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

And Gary, I personally thought their early routines were GREAT!!I think bringing Cholly aboard took some of the pressure off the groups themselves.
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John Barry Sheffield (jaybs)
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Posted on Monday, October 04, 2004 - 1:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I enjoyed "Cholly's" Book and the Stevue Wonder Documentary with the TOPS and the TEMPS is good to see the Temps with Cholly.

John
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Kdubya (paladin)
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Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 3:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cholly originally worked for the Miracles, designing steps for the record Shop Around, he worked with the Temptations and Four Tops and Supremes later on. Paul did most of the early choreography for the Tempts.There are some great photos on Ron Tyson's website...www.rontyson.com

(Message edited by Paladin on October 06, 2004)

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