The Temptations Lead Singer, Dennis Edwards Is Dead At 74

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Dennis Edwards
Temptations lead singer, Dennis Edwards, who sang on a string of the group’s hits including “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Ball of Confusion” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,”  has died.

Dennis Edwards family confirmed his passing to  CBS News, saying he was in Chicago at the time of his death, though did not disclose a cause of death. He was 74.

Via Rolling Stone Magazine:

Edwards, who was born February 3rd, 1932 in Birmingham, Alabama and was singing in the Contours prior to the Temptations, joined the soul hit makers when the group fired David Ruffin. He brought a fresh vivacity to the group’s sound, a bit of grit to replace Ruffin’s smooth falsetto. The group adopted a little more of a bluesy, soul-rock sound and began writing lyrics that spoke more to the social issues of the time, and it scored an immediate hit with the Sly Stone-like “Cloud Nine.”

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Edwards family

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