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The Temptations

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The Temptations at the Circle Star Theatre and the Ambassador Hotel

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      First met the Temptations at the Circle Star Theatre near San Francisco.  Benny Wilburn was their  body guard. He was a black belt Karate expert. studied in Japan.  I asked him to see if my son, Torre was doing the karate kicks correctly. He did, and we all became friends. The Temptations and the Supremes were booked into the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles for ten days. Torre was invited to stay with them at the hotel during the run. 

I was being transferred to The Valley Music Theatre in Woodland Hills, 20 miles from LA. So I thought it would be a great experience for Torre. 

I was driving a Rolls Royce Phantom V limo at the time and would stop by the Ambassador and pick up Benny, Torre and  Temptations and drive out to a great taco stand on Alverez and Sunset Blvd. One time we went to a party for the Temps out in the Boonies.

Torre had a great time and Benny became the Supremes bodyguard and light man.  Benny moved to LA and worked for the Supremes. 

I went with him to a school in Watts to assist him while he perform his karate movements. We also did a couple of skits. Onstage I changed into the Wolfman and Benny used karate on me.  We had fun and the kids loved it.

We often visited Mary Wilson at her home in the Hollywood hills. Her Son and Torre played together.  When Mary got married in Las Vegas I took some photos at the Little Chapel and at the reception in Caesar's Palace .  At Caesar's Palace, Benny took me upstairs  to one of the suites and introduced me to Barry Gordy's Mother. Entering her suite was like entering a royal event. There were numerous people standing around and Mama Gordy was sitting on a sofa. She looked very regal. I felt like I should bow. She was very nice.  

 
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