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
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
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
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.