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May 4, 2004

The Hudsen Reporter

Jimmy Hayes, one of the founding members of the famed a cappella performing and recording group "The Persuasions," vividly recalls his 26th birthday party. "My friends gave me a surprise party and everyone was there," Hayes said. "All of the members of 'The Temptations' were there. It was a real surprise to me." During that party, Hayes asked Otis Williams, one of the members of the original Temptations, to sing him a special song. "I asked him to sing, 'Don't Send Me Away,' which he did," Hayes said. "And all the members of the Temptations and Persuasions got together and sang the background. It was something I'll never forget. I hadn't seen Otis since my 26th birthday. That was 30 years ago."

Just last week, Hayes hooked up once again with Williams, who is the only member of the original Temptations still performing with the legendary Motown group, when the Persuasions opened for the Temptations at a concert in North Hampton, Mass. "It was 30 years ago, but Otis still remembered that night," said Hayes. This May, Hayes will be performing locally, albeit without the Temptations. But he will lead the Persuasions in the May concert as part of the UBS Atrium Concert Series Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m., presented by the Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center. More

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