Friends of legendary Temptations lead and “Don’t Look Any Further” hitmaker Dennis Edwards are calling for prayers for the 74 year old singer, who is currently ailing from an undisclosed illness. Edwards’ immediately recognizable voice and personal charm have made him one of the most revered singers of our time.
The Alabama-born Edwards moved to the Motor City with his family as a youngster, and had brief stints as a young man in Hall of Fame acts The Mighty Clouds of Joy and The Contours. And just when Edwards was about to pursue a solo career in 1968, David Ruffin was “fired” from the Temptations, and the Motown brass chose Edwards to take the group forward as the lead singer.
With the arrival of the talented Edwards, who contrasted Ruffin’s smooth soul baritone with a powerful, Gospel-tinged voice, The Temptations changed their style, adapting to the emerging funk sounds and teaming with Motown producer Norman Whitfield for a series of monster hits such as “Cloud Nine,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “I Can’t Get Next To You.”
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