Former Temptations Singer Dennis Edwards Dies at Age 74

Edwards' family confirmed to CBS News that he had died earlier today (February 2), one day before he was due to celebrate his 75th birthday. He was set to turn 75 years old just tomorrow, and was in Chicago at the time of his death.

Edwards, who was living in Missouri, died at a hospital in Chicago on Thursday night of complications from meningitis, his wife, Brenda, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

According to Rolling Stone, Dennis was best known as a lead singer of legendary Motown music group the Temptations.

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Edwards left The Temptations around the time the group left Motown to sign with Atlantic Records in 1977.

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While Edwards wasn't an original singer with the classic Temptations lineup - David Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams and Otis Williams - he was the official sixth member. The vocalist replaced David Ruffin as lead singer of The Temptations. They received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. The singer was inducted into the Alabama Hall Of Fame and was asked by President Barack Obama to perform at the 2009 Inaugural Ball.

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As a teen, Edwards sang gospel, but, like Sam Cooke and many other prominent gospel performers, he turned to rhythm & blues. After leaving the Temptations in 1984, he went on to have his own successful solo career.

He was briefly married to Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters during the late-70's. Although the marriage was brief, the couple had a daughter, Issa, in 1978.

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