Former Temptations singer Dennis Edwards, the gruff and highly effective voice behind such classics as “Cloud 9,” “I Can’t Get Subsequent to You” and, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” died Thursday.
He was 74.
The St. Louis Submit-Dispatch stated Edwards, who lived in Florissant, Mo., died of problems from meningitis in a Chicago hospital simply two days earlier than his 75th birthday.
Edwards steered the “Temptations” by a brand new, socially acutely aware period after changing the proficient, however troubled David Ruffin in 1968.
Among the many hits in the course of the Edwards period have been “Runaway Little one, Working Wild,” “Psychedelic Shack” and “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is In the present day).”
“The one particular person talkin’ ’bout love thy brother is the preacher,” Edwards sang on “Ball of Confusion.”
“And it appears no person’s fascinated by studying however the trainer.”
Edwards, who was out and in of the group a number of time over the course of his profession, scored successful of his personal throughout his solo years.
“Don’t Look Any Additional,” a duet with Siedah Garrett, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Black Singles chart and peaked at No. 72 on the Billboard Scorching 100.
“RIP Dennis Edwards, stunning soul who gave me my first shot by recording and performing our traditional duet “Don’t Look Any Additional,” Garrett tweeted. “We’ve misplaced one other nice one.”
In more moderen years, Edwards toured with a “Temptations” splinter group known as The Temptations Overview that includes Dennis Edwards.
The singer’s profession even featured a short stint on tour with Ruffin and former Temptations singer Eddie Kendricks.
Edwards was briefly married to Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters. The couple has one daughter, Issa Pointer.
He’s survived by his spouse of 18 years, Brenda, 5 daughters and a son.