Beach Boys, Temptations return to Amp in one-night-only event of iconic collections


Get ready for good vibrations on cloud nine as two of the most prolific bands to influence American culture join together at Chautauqua. The Beach Boys and The Temptations, on their “Sixty Years of the Sounds of Summer” tour, are ready for a one-of-a-kind, double-bill performance.

The two iconic bands, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, take the Amphitheater stage for one of the final performances of the 2022 Chautauqua season. 

The Beach Boys, led by original member Mike Love, is jam-packed with other talented artists, including: Bruce Johnston, Scott Totten, Brian Eichenberger, Christian Love, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher and Randy Leago. 

Love wrote the lyrics to their first hit, “Surfin’,” and dozens of chart toppers, such as “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Good Vibrations” and “Kokomo.” 

The band is attributed with creating the California sound, which evokes feelings of cheerful adolescence through songs of cars, the sun and ocean waves in a catalog of 1960s nostalgia. 

The Beach Boys, with their sun-soaked, idealistic, catchy tunes, stand to complement Motown legends The Temptations and their soul-rock melodies.

The Temptations, often referred to as “American music royalty,” will feature original crooner, Otis Williams. 

Williams is the only surviving member of The Temptations, but the band has continued to produce acclaimed music — more than 40 records to date. They’ve covered artists such as Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd, and in 2021, to celebrate their 60th anniversary, they released Temptations 60. 

Carolyn Brown / Daily file photo The Temptations perform to a sold-out crowd on June 25, 2016, in the Amphitheater. The group returns, with The Beach Boys, at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Amp.

This album proved that, “no matter who is in the group, Otis always ensures The Temptations maintain a level of vocal excellence,” said music reviewer George Haffenden on The Funk and Soul Revue.

Williams founded the band in 1960, and has gone on to be nominated for 12 Tony Awards, and, through The Temptations, win a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019, they were nominated for a Grammy for their musical theater album Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“Looking back, I never could have imagined where my life has taken me,” Williams said following the album’s release. “I’m proud of what The Temptations have achieved, and I’m grateful for every opportunity we’ve been so fortunate to receive. The music carries me. Together, we lift our voices with love and wonder.”

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The author Kaitlyn Finchler

Kaitlyn Finchler is a journalism and public relations graduate from Kent State University as of May. This will be her second summer at Chautauqua where she will cover literary arts, serving previously as the Interfaith Lecture Series preview reporter. In her free time, you can find her reading, cooking or flipping between “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Gossip Girl.” She’s most excited to see how many times she can slip the word “plethora” into her stories before Sara makes her stop again.