Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and lead singer for The Temptations – Dennis Edwards – died February 2 in Chicago, Illinois just one day before his 75th birthday. According to his wife, Edwards death was due to complications from meningitis.

Off and on, Edwards had been a part of The Temptations since 1968. When not performing with The Temptations, Edwards embarked on a solo career and sang with various Temptations tribute bands.

Along with being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of The Temptations, Edwards also has Grammy Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy.

He was born February 3, 1943 in Fairfield, Alabama (near Birmingham) but grew up in Detroit where he began singing in church as a child, sang in gospel groups as a teen, and studied at the Detroit Conservatory of Music before becoming a part of The Motown Sound.

He is survived by his second wife Brenda and daughter Issa (with Ruth Pointer).


feature photo credit: By Bernie Ilson, Inc. – Cropped from file:The Temptations on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1968.JPG, Public Domain,