Temptations Lead Singer Dead at 74

Feb 2, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The longtime lead singer of the Motown group the Temptations died Thursday night in a Chicago hospital, USA Today reports. Dennis Edwards was 74.

Edwards reportedly died of complications from meningitis after initially being hospitalized for the condition last spring.

“Edwards, who joined the iconic Motown group in 1968 in the wake of David Ruffin’s firing, was the prominent voice on enduring Temptations hits such as ‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,’ ‘Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)’ and ‘Cloud Nine.’ He remained a staple of the core group through the 1980s, and in the ’90s formed a splinter act that eventually toured as the Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards,” USA Today reports.


  1. WOW!! WOW!!! Many great memories. RIP brotha!

  2. The really great thing about the Temptations is the enduring international popularity of their music as proven by the lady in the hijab dancing in the front row. 50 years of continuing the Motown Sound.

  3. Rest in paradise. We will never forget you.
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  4. He is one of my father’s lead singers. Sadly, he died at a very young age. Rest in paradise Idol.
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  5. This might be sad but I believe he is at ease now. Rest in peace.

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