It’s with a heavy heart that I report Dennis Edwards, former lead singer of The Temptations, passed away on Friday in Chicago. He was 74.
In 1968, Edwards stepped in to replace founding lead singer David Ruffin in “the Temps.” While Ruffin had specialized largely in smoother romantic balladry, the gospel-trained Edwards sported a grittier style, and he left a distinctive mark on the unit’s work as both lead vocalist and in the ensemble harmonies.
His arrival in the Temptations coincided with the increasingly expansive and experimental “psychedelic soul” productions helmed by Norman Whitfield, who also co-wrote many of their biggest chart hits, many of which featured pointed social or political content.
Watch Dennis and The Temptations get busy below.
Rest in paradise, Mr. Edwards.