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Dennis Edwards from The Temptations died at 74

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Temptations Singer Dennis Edwards Dies At 74 

Dennis Edwards, former lead singer of The Temptations during the 1960’s and 1970’s, has died at age 74. Edwards’ manager confirmed that the Grammy Award winner died at a hospital in Chicago this week from an unspecified illness. Edwards replaced David Ruffin as lead singer of The Temptations in 1968. He sang on the hit tracks “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and “I Can’t Get Next To You.” Edwards left The Temptations in 1977, and rejoined and left multiple times in the 1980’s.

Dennis Edwards from The Temptations who sang such hits as Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone and Cloud Nine dies at age 74 in Chicago by Heidi Parker for Dailymail.com by Heidi Parker For Dailymail.com

Dennis Edwards has died at the age of 74 from complications related to meningitis.

He is best known as the lead singer of the Motown Records vocal group The Temptations.

His family told TMZ the icon passed away in Chicago on Friday, which was one day shy of his 75th birthday.

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Gone too soon: Dennis Edwards has died at the age of 74 in Chicago. He is best known as the lead singer of The Temptations; seen in 2013
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The good ole days: Studio group shot of the Temptations in 1968. Clockwise from top left: Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Edwards, Otis Williams

It was included on The Undisputed Truth’s 1973 album Law of the Land.

Another big song was Cloud Nine as well as Ball Of Confusion and I Can’t Get Next to You.

In 1989 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Temptations.  In 2013, they received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Born in 1932 in Fairfield, Alabama, Edwards began singing as a child.

When the family moved to Detroit, he began singing in his church’s choir. He went on to join several different groups, but none of them stuck.

Then in 1968 he replaced David Ruffin in The Temptations and the hits started coming like Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me). To read more go to the link below:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5346227/Dennis-Edwards-Temptations-dies-age-74.html

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