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Dennis Edwards, from the Temptations, dead at 74

Dennis Edwards was the lead singer for the Temptations during the height of their career during the 1960s & 1970s.

Dennis Edwards, died at the age of 74 years on Friday, February 4th, at his home in Chicago. In 1968, Dennis became the lead singer of the Temptations after the original lead singer, David Ruffin, had left to pursue his own solo career. At that time the group had 10 consecutive Top 40 hits on Billboard charts since 1966, with 5 of those singles reaching the Top 10.

During Edwards time as the lead singer, nine of the groups singles had reached the Top 10, with 3 titles, “I Can’t Get Next To You”, “Just My Imagination(Running Away With Me)”, and “Papa Was A Rollin Stone” became the groups second, third and fourth number 1 hits.

Dennis Edwards left the group in 1977 to embark on his own solo career at Motown Records. His first release was 1984’s Don’t Look Any Further had reached number 2 on the Black LP charts, which is now known as the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums list. Edwards followed up with “(You’re My)Aphrodisiac” that climbed to number 15 on Black singles, which is todays Top R&B/Hip Hop songs. Edwards followed up with a LP the year after called, Coolin’ Out.  Even that album reached number 36 on the charts!
Edwards Rejoined the Temptations in the 1980s and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame as a group member in 1989. The Temptations was such a force as a group that last year they were given the name of the Number 1 act on the Greatest of All Time R&B/Hip Hop Artists. As a honor to the memory of Dennis Edwards listen to some of his greatest hits below!