Dennis Edwards, former lead singer of legendary Motown group The Temptations, died yesterday in Chicago at 74, according to PageSix.
Edwards was a part of another Motown group, The Contours, before stepping in for original Temptations lead vocalist David Ruffin in 1968. He would remain the group's lead singer for a number of hits including 1971’s “Just My Imagination” and 1972’s “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” before leaving in 1976. He would leave and rejoin the group a few more times after that.
Many celebrities and musicians who admired the late star took to social media to pay their respects.
Edwards would also see solo success from his 1984 duet “Don’t Look Any Further,” with Siedah Garrett, reaching No. 2 on the R&B charts that year. The song would get new life in the 1990s via hip-hop, as a sample in Eric B. and Rakim‘s “Paid in Full,” and 2Pac‘s “Hit ‘Em Up,” among others.
Edwards was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Temptations in 1989. He leaves behind a daughter and an incredible musical legacy.