Temptations singer Dennis Edwards dead at 74

Wednesday, 07 Feb, 2018

Edwards joined the legendary Motown quintet in 1968 and sang lead on some of their biggest hits, including "I Can't Get Next To You", "Cloud Nine" and "Ball Of Confusion".

Dennis Edwards, the former lead singer for The Temptations, whose gritty voice carried some of the biggest hits of the Motown era, has died, according to his booking agent Rosiland Triche. Edwards was the group's third lead singer replacing David Ruffin in 1968.

His 1984 solo record, "Don't Look Any Further", reached No. 2 on the R&B charts, according to Billboard Magazine. But he remained best known as a member of the Temptations; after a split with the act in 1977, he returned for a short second tour of duty in 1987.

In 1989 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Temptations.

"He is now at peace, and our love and prayers go out to his family", Otis Williams, the last original surviving member of the Motown group, said in a statement on Facebook. Edwards would have turned 75 today. His father was a minister, and he grew up singing in the church.

He left the band in 1977 then pursued a solo career.

The title track of his next album, Coolin' Out, was an R&B Top 30 hit. A second termination came within a year.

Following the announcement of his death, Edwards has received a flood of tributes on social media both by industry greats and devoted fans.

Edwards was formerly married to Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters and they had one daughter named Issa Pointer.