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Dennis Edwards R.I.P.

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What sad, sad news. For me one of the really great singers who had so many memorable hits not just with The Temptations, but solo and also with The Contours. 

"It Was The Third Of September" , an all time great. Also his lead on The Contours version of It's Growing, just superb. Plus so many others.

RIP Mr. Edwards you were simply wonderful.

Kev Jones

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Total respect too a truly great Artiste ,a Megastar ,forget the rest ,Dennis Edwards was the Real Deal ! From ;Johnny to Loser,to Psychedelic Rolling Stone ,and Beyond! My All Time Fave track ;Baby Hit and Run !   What,s Your Dennis Legacy Track?

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Very sad to hear this. Taking over from David Ruffin was not an easy task but, Dennis did it and kept the group alive and well for years.

Another great voice gone !!

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What a pity it was that he was only on a basic salary as a member of the Temptations and so wasn't really able to benefit from being the lead vocalist on all those hits by the group. That's the reason he kept quitting, to go solo (or to leave the music biz). He even had a spell laying tarmac with family members (cousins) up in Cleveland. It was after that period, that he hooked up with members of Truth to return to performing. Of course, when he'd got 'the bug' back, he returned to the Tempts for one last spell. He took a song he'd co-written in Cleveland back with him & the Tempts went ahead & cut it (I'm Coming Home). R I P.

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13 hours ago, John Hart said:

Total respect too a truly great Artiste ,a Megastar ,forget the rest ,Dennis Edwards was the Real Deal ! From ;Johnny to Loser,to Psychedelic Rolling Stone ,and Beyond! My All Time Fave track ;Baby Hit and Run !   What,s Your Dennis Legacy Track?

Fave 2 tracks, I didn’t have to,Gotta find a way to get you back. I remember seeing him live along with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks at Doncaster dome,simply amazing. RIP Dennis Edwards. 

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Had the pleasure to see Dennis performing a good few times in his fantastic career the last time when he was fronting the Temptations4 years ago and he was as good as he always was a terrific artist with a terrific front man voice with a powerful stage presence similar to Edwin Starr I hope they are doing a duet together in Soul Heaven I for one would love to hear it

Rest in Peace Dennis you thoroughly deserve it

ML

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4 hours ago, Roburt said:

What a pity it was that he was only on a basic salary as a member of the Temptations and so wasn't really able to benefit from being the lead vocalist on all those hits by the group. That's the reason he kept quitting, to go solo (or to leave the music biz). He even had a spell laying tarmac with family members (cousins) up in Cleveland. It was after that period, that he hooked up with members of Truth to return to performing. Of course, when he'd got 'the bug' back, he returned to the Tempts for one last spell. He took a song he'd co-written in Cleveland back with him & the Tempts went ahead & cut it (I'm Coming Home). R I P.

That's interesting.  I've been looking at various accounts of his career this morning. Another version I've seen is he kept being fired. Be great to read a definitive account of the fascinating story of The Temptations - so many interesting and enigmatic characters and events involved. Don't suppose we'll ever see one now that all the main participants are sadly no longer with us.

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In my time loving the Temps we have had to say good bye to two fabulous male vocalists. David Ruffin & Dennis Edwards.  RIP both

One of the sad things about getting old is that you lose your heroes!

 

KTF

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