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The Temptations
Don’t be fooled by the warm harmonies, matching outfits and smoothly choreographed moves: The Temptations lived life hard. The initial five-man lineup was formed in Detroit in 1961 and over the years had 37 top 10 hits, including “My Girl,” “Get Ready” and “Just My Imagination.” In the 1990s the Temptations were still on the road, although this time as an oldies act. Only one member from the original five, Otis Williams (front right), was part of the group; all of the others had died. ()
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The Doors
Although the music was over for iconic frontman Jim Morrison (far right) after his death in 1971, surviving members Ray Manzarek (second from right) and Robbie Krieger (second from left) revived the Doors brand in 2002 under the name “Doors of the 21st Century.” Fronted by the Cult’s Morrison-esque Ian Astbury with former Police drummer Stewart Copeland briefly filling in on skins things looked good until jilted original drummer John Densmore (far left) filed an injunction in 2003. The courts upheld his claim in 2005, resulting in the band being renamed Riders on the Storm. (AP)
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The Grateful Dead
Born out of the ‘60s psychedelic scene, it was perhaps inevitable that this perpetually touring band would feature a revolving cast of contributors. Shown here with the lineup that spanned 1979-90, including (from left) Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Brent Mydland, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, the Grateful Dead finally suffered a loss it couldn’t overcome with the death of lead guitarist-patriarchial Santa figure Jerry Garcia in 1995. Surviving members Weir, Lesh, Hart and Kreutzmann briefly re-formed as the Other Ones in 2002 before settling on renaming themselves the Dead for tours spanning the next two years. (AP)
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T.S.O.L.
T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty) is a hard-core punk band that formed in Huntington Beach. Since the original 1979 lineup, a dozen different musicians have filtered through over the years. When the original members wanted to reunite there was a battle over who had use of the name. The original members won. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
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Napalm Death
Brit grind-core band Napalm Death was founded in 1982, but by the time the first studio album was recorded in 1987 none of the original members were left. Several more lineup changes followed, but the band is still together. Today bassist Shane Embury (second from left), who has been with Napalm Death since 1987, is the member with the most longevity. (LAT)
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The Misfits
Glenn Danzig was founder and creative leader of this punk outfit from 1977 until 1983. When the group reformed in 1995, Danzig was no longer part of the lineup. Instead, fellow founding member Jerry Only, far right, took up the reins, leading a group that included other early member Doyle, far left, Dr. Chud, second from left, and Michale Graves. (Frank White)
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The Beach Boys
Of the founding members of this seminal So Cal outfit, only singer Mike Love, far right, continues to perform using the name. Carl Wilson, front, died of lung cancer in 1998. Dennis Wilson, far left, died of accidental drowning in 1983. Al Jardine, top left, departed the group to tour with his own band, originally called the Beach Boys Family & Friends but later changed to Al Jardine’s Endless Summer Band for legal reasons. Bruce Johnston, top right, who joined the band in 1965 after Brian Wilson left for health reasons, continues to perform with Love. (AP)
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The Count Basie Orchestra
William “Count” Basie led his world-famous swing orchestra from 1934 until his death in 1984. But that didn’t stop the group from continuing to perform as the Count Basie Orchestra. Nor did it stop him from collecting accolades — Basie was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. ()
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