The R&B world has lost another legend. The front man for The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, passed away Thursday (Feb.1st). The 74-year-old passed away two days before his 75th birthday. Edwards reportedly died from meningitis complications.
The Alabama-born, Detroit-raised singer joined The Temps in 1968 to replace David Ruffin. He sang lead vocals on hits like “Cloud Nine,” “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone,” “I Can’t Get Next to You” and “Masterpiece.” All of these tracks placed within the the top five of the Billboard R&B charts throughout the late 60s and 70s.
Edwards also had a bit of solo success with “Don’t Look Any Further,” which landed at No. 2 on the R&B charts in 1984. “Don’t Look Any Further” was sampled for the Junior Mafia’s 1995 “Get Money” remix and Tupac Shakur’s “Hit ‘Em Up.” He later returned to the group in 1987 for a reunion tour. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside his other group members in 1989.
Edwards left behind one daughter, Issa Pointer, from his brief marriage to Pointer Sisters singer Ruth Pointer, and his wife Brenda Edwards.
Many celebs sent their condolences via Twitter.