Published: Sat, February 03, 2018

The Temptations' Dennis Edwards has died, aged 74

The Temptations' Dennis Edwards has died, aged 74

Dennis Edwards, a former frontman of The Temptations whose gravelly and commanding vocals powered a string of chart-topping R&B hits, has died. The group won three Grammys during his tenure.

Edwards' wife of 18 years, Brenda Edwards, confirmed that he died in a Chicago hospital after being in and out of hospitals since he was diagnosed with meningitis in May 2017, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Among the hits during the Edwards era were "Runaway Child, Running Wild", "Psychedelic Shack" and "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)".

Edwards bounced around a few groups before he formally joined the Temptations back in 1968, replacing David Ruffin.

The cause of his death is not now known.

He pursued a solo career in the 1980s, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. He then rejoined the group for a couple of years but ultimately left in 1989.


The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards performed at the Ambassador June 2016.

Condolences and memories flowed from fans and celebrities on Twitter.

Rowetta also expressed her sadness at Edwards' death, tweeting: "This is really sad news".

Edwards left the group around the time it split with Motown in the mid-1970s, but returned in 1980 when it reunited with Motown.

One of soul's greatest voices is gone.

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