Temptations Lead Dennis Edwards Dead At 74

by Krystal Franklin

February 2, 2018

Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage

The family of Dennis Edwards has confirmed to CBS News, the lead singer of the iconic group The Temptations, has died. He was 74.

Born February 3rd, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama Edwards sung in the Contours prior to the Temptations.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 10: The Temptations Review (L-R) David Sea, Mike Patillo, Dennis Edwards, Chris Arnold and Paul Williams Jr. attend the Homeward Bound Telethon at American Legion Hall on November 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)

Rolling Stone says Edwards’ “brought a fresh vivacity to the group’s sound, a bit of grit to replace Ruffin’s smooth falsetto.” He famously joined the Temptations in 1968 after David Ruffin was fired.

ABC News says, “Edwards rejoined the Temptations in 1980 and stayed with the group until 1984. As a solo artist, he scored a No. 2 hit on the R&B charts with “Don’t Look Any Further” in 1984. Dennis returned to the band for one more stint that lasted from 1987 to 1989. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Temptations in ’89.”

The Temptations perform on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops, 29th March 1972, London, L-R Melvin Franklin, Dennis Edwards, Otis Williams, Damon Harris, Richard Street. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Edwards was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 as a member of the Temptations.

Our prayers go out the Edwards family on their loss.

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