from the left
Hiroshi Ooguchi(drms),Yoshiharu Matuzaki(gt.vo.)Kenichi Hagiwara(vo,hca)
Toshio Tanaka(gt.)Noboru Takaku(Bs)
The band formed in 65 in Omiya, Saitama. (north west suburb
of Tokyo) Tanaka (guitar) and Takaku (bass) started the band with
his friend at Omiya Nishi High School. Then Matuzaki (lead guitar) joined
the band. He was Tanakas old friend who went to another high school. At
first they were an instrumental band covering Ventures stuff. In March
66 they appeared at local club named the Okura.
One day a boy joined them to sing Little Richard s Money, and soon after he became singer of the band. It was Keizo Hakiwara (changed name to Kennichi Hagiwara later). He was only 15 years old.
They began to appear at Jazz Kissa (Japanese teenage club) or discotheques in Tokyo. At the time they played lots of Stones cover along with few original songs.
In 67 they were contracted by Spiduction (management office run by The Spiders).
The lineup at the time was Tanaka (rhythm guitar, organ), Takaku (bass), Matuzaki (lead vocal, lead guitar), Hagiwara (lead vocal), and Hiroshi Oguchi (drums). Oguchi was a replacement when they became a professional band. He was 16 years old. In October they released their first 45, double winner, Wasure enu kimi /Lets Live For Today. Wasureenu Kimi was their original penned by Matuzaki . It was inspired by Paint It Black. Lets Live For today was Japanese cover version of Grass Rootss hit.(originally by Rokes). They were influenced by Living Daylights version.
In March 68 they released a 2nd 45. Kamisama Onegai/Namida wo Egaoni. Both songs were written by Matuzaki, who was genius songwriter. On the A-side Hagiwaras frantic singing and his good looks attracted teen girls. Matuzaki sung the flip side, it was a Rolling Stonesish number. Making it a #2 hit, they became a top Idol Group Sound band, along with The Tigers.
Their next 45 was Okaasann(My Mother), the lyrics are dedicated to
mothers, to show that the Tempters were not dangerous for their daughters.
But the flip side was Himitu no Aikotoba(Secret Pass Word). The lyrics
in some songs like "Secret password", "Jyunai(true love)" spoke of a secret
love affair for which adults would not forgive their daughters. The
Tempters promised their love for the girls.
In Feb 69 they released their 2nd album 5-1=0, the 5 are the band members, the title means if all members are not together then the band means nothing. Most of the GS groups could not write original songs by themselves except for a few bands like the Spiders, Wild Ones and the Blue Comets But in the Tempters, Matuzaki wrote many original songs. On 5-1=0, he wrote most of the songs except some single stuff which was written by professional song writers. He was genius and played exotic, brilliant guitar .
(Tell Me More appeared on Sixties Garage Sampler and Kono Mune Ni Dakishimete on Hot Nips .)
The album is one of most important GS albums.
Singer Hagiwara was popular for young girls. His frantic exciting singing charmed young boys too. The next album was recorded live. It includes cover songs except a their own hit 45. Lots of Stones numbers, and a cool cover of Keep On Searchin
They played all styles, from John Lee Hookers blues to Monkees hits.
In 69 the GS boom became fell from popularity. The Tempters fourth album was recorded in Memphis using studio musicians(known as famous Dixie Flyers!) Actually it was not a real Tempters album, but a solo album by singer Hagiwara. It was released in Dec. 69.
This record was not a big success. In 70 many GS bands disbanded or changed the music to a new style called New Rock, that was more serious and which was influenced from S.F. rock, The Cream, and Jimi Hendrix.
In December 70 Tempters disbanded too. Singer Hagiwara and drummer Oguchi joined new super band PYG. After PYG disbanded Oguchi formed Vodka Collins with Alan Merrill (who fromed The Arrows in UK in '73,and wrote I Love RocknRoll). Hagiwara became actor and solo singer .
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