Lead Singer of Legendary Group Dies Days Before His Birthday

February 02, 2018Feb 02, 2018

Legendary Motown singer Dennis Edwards has died in Chicago, reported TMZ.

Edwards was the lead singer of The Temptations during the 1960s and 1970s. His family confirmed that he died in Chicago. His family did not release his cause of death.

Edwards sang Grammy-winning songs for the Motown icons like "Papa was a Rollin' Stone" and "Cloud Nine." He was also on hits like "Ball of Confusion" and "I Can't Get Next to You."

Edwards was on-again, off-again with the group in the late '70s and '80s. The lineup of the band changed frequently during the decades.

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

Edwards, who was a native of Detroit, took over lead singer duties from David Ruffin in 1968. He continued as the lead singer while The Temptations raked in a serious of smash hits.

"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,'" wrote the Rolling Stones about Edwards.

Edwards' 75th birthday was Saturday. He died at the age of 74.

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