On This Day In Alabama History: Motown Singer Paul Williams Was Born

| July 2, 2019 @ 5:00 am

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

Paul Williams was born in Birmingham on this day in 1939. As a teenager, Williams performed with friends Eddie Kendricks, Kel Osbourne and Willie Waller in a group called the Cavaliers. In 1957, Williams, Kendricks and Osbourne formed the Primes and eventually moved to Detroit, Michigan. Although the trio never made a record, the Primes were successful and helped launch the Primettes, a female group that later became known as the Supremes. The Primes disbanded in 1960. Williams and Kendricks then formed the Elgins, along with Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin and Elbridge Bryant. The group became known as the Temptations and signed with Motown in 1961.

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