Dennis Edwards, a former lead singer of the Motown group the Temptations, died on February 1st at the age of 74. He passed away only two days before his 75th birthday.
The man was truly a soul legend. Edwards joined the group from 1968 until 1977, and later rejoined for reunions in the '80s. Although we were devastated to hear of his passing, we are certain that a legacy like his will never fade.
It was a moment in history when Edwards joined the group, which ended the "Classic Five" era that said goodbye to their first lead singer, David Ruffin. The smooth sound the quintet once had was replaced by something new and exciting: blues, soul-rock, and funk.
Edwards's first album with the group was Live at the Copa. In that year, he collaborated with great singers like Diana Ross & the Supremes. This led to hits like "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" and "Together."
Soon after, hits like "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and "Cloud Nine" were constantly played on the radio, and we couldn't get enough of the iconic group.
Edwards also released solo albums and found success with his song "Don't Look Any Further." Years later, he received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Unfortunately, while the retired singer was living in Missouri, he was diagnosed with a disease that slowly took his life.