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Richard Street (ex Temptations and Monitors) Sad News

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Ricky Street Jr, the son of Richard Street has announced the passing of his father.





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Street was the lead singer of an early Temptations predecessor, Otis Williams & the Distants, and takes the spotlight on their local hit "Come On". The Distants also included future Temptations Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, and Elbridge "Al" Bryant, who left The Distants and their record deal with Johnnie Mae Matthews' Northern Records to form The Elgins (later The Temptations) with Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams. After their departure, Matthews had Street briefly lead a new Distants group in the early 1960s.


The Monitors

During the mid-1960s, Street performed with a Motown act called The Monitors, who had only one minor hit, 1966's "Greetings (This is Uncle Sam)", to its name.


The Temptations

Street knew the Temptations and Otis Williams, in particular, having worked for Motown in quality control and through his vocal work with the Distants and the Monitors. By the late-1960s, Street was being called upon to travel with The Temptations and sing Paul Williams' parts from off-stage, while Paul Williams, who suffered from both alcoholism and sickle-cell disease, danced and lip-synched onstage. Street officially replaced Paul Williams in mid-1971, after both he and Eddie Kendricks left the group.

A number of the Temptations' best-selling hits feature Street's lead vocals, including "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)" (1971), "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (1972), "Masterpiece" (1973), and his featured solo, "Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)" (1973). Street and Damon Harris traded leads on "1990"s tune "Heavenly." He and old Distants bandmates Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin endured a number of lineup changes over the two decades Street was a Temptation, during which time Dennis Edwards, Ricky Owens, Damon Harris, Glenn Leonard, Louis Price, Ron Tyson, and Ali-Ollie Woodson all served as members of the group at various times.

In 1998, NBC aired The Temptations, a four-hour television miniseries based upon an autobiographical book by Otis Williams. Street was portrayed by actor J. August Richards.


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That is sad news indeed. Very sad.

The Monitors CD that Ace issued really showed what a talent he was.

R.I.P. Richard


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amazing vocal clarity this man posessed...a clutch of northern soul classics to his name, a true devotee to music who could be stood up and counted...just dovetailed emmaculately from group to group...and now another awesome voice is silent....god now has another soulful string to his bow...r.i.p. richard

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Yes More sad news .. First Met Richard back in 2006 but it was a couple of years later when i really got to know him thanks to Joe Pep Harris . Richard worked at Thelma's records With Joe and gave The Fabulous Peps There Name ... as stated above The Monitors and The Tempations became Richard's music legacy . I will miss The phone calls ..especailly trying to talk Richard into going on stage one more time to do The Monitors stuff he Knew my plans ..But sadley never happend . RIP Richard Sreet your music will live on and you being part of a History that will out live us all .

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I remember Andy Rix had just come back from the states and played me a then totaly unknown track by the Monitors - Crying in the night-that magical voice of Richard Street just blew me away. RIP Richard.

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