Former Lead Singer For The Temptations, Dennis Edwards Dead at 74

Former Lead Singer For The Temptations, Dennis Edwards Dead at 74
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Former lead singer for The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, has passed away at the age of 74.  Edwards died in Chicago from complications of meningitis.   In 1966 Edwards auditioned for Motown Records and was put on retainer by the label.   He joined the Contours after their lead singer Billy Gordon became ill. That’s when he met members of The Temptations.  He official replaced David Ruffin as the groups lead singer Summer of 1968.

Edwards joined the group during their “Psychadelic Funk,” period.   He had huge hits with songs like “Cloud Nine, ” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and ” I Can’t Get Next To You,” and “Ball of Confusion,” to name a few.  Edwards performed with the Temptations from 1968-84.  He embarked on a solo career from 84′-90′. For a brief period, he performed with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks. In more recent days he was a member of the Temptations Review.

Thank you, Sir, for all of your Memorable Songs!  RIP

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