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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Dennis Edwards, Temptations singer dies at 74

Aretha Franklin sings with Dennis Edwards of The Temptations. Edwards, former member of the famed Motown group The Temptations, has died. AP
Aretha Franklin sings with Dennis Edwards of The Temptations. Edwards, former member of the famed Motown group The Temptations, has died. AP

Dennis Edwards, a former member of the famed Motown group The Temptations, has died. He was 74.

Rosiland Triche Roberts, his longtime booking agent, says Edwards died on Thursday in Chicago after a long illness.

The Birmingham, Alabama-born Edwards replaced founding member David Ruffin in 1968. His soulful, passionate voice defined the group for years. He was a member on and off for about two decades and part of the lineup that released Papa Was A Rollin' Stone, Ball of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today) and Cloud Nine.

Paul Riser, a Motown arranger and musician, worked with Edwards during the label's Detroit heyday and subsequent projects. He says Edwards possessed a "voice for the ages," with a great range, energy and artistry.

Edwards would have turned 75 on Saturday.

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