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Eddie Kendricks

Known for both his years with the Temptations and his major solo hits of the 1970s, Eddie Kendricks was among the many soul legends who did his part to put Motown Records on the map. The expressive vocalist (who often sang in a falsetto) grew up in Birmingham, AL, but it was Motown's original home of Detroit that made him a star. Kendricks was still living in Alabama in the late '50s, when he formed the Primes with Kell Osborne and Temptation-to-be Paul Williams. After moving from Alabama to Detroit, the Primes caught the attention of a Motor City group known as the Distants (whose members included Tempations-to-be Otis Williams, Elbridge Bryant, and Melvin Franklin). The Primes broke up after being together only a few years, and the Temptations (originally known as the Elgins) were formed when, in 1961, members of the Primes and the Distants came together. With a lineup that included former Primes Kendricks and Paul Williams and former Distants Otis Williams (who was unrelated to Paul), Melvin Franklin, and Elbridge Bryant, the Temptations signed with the little-known Motown subsidiary Miracle. The Temptations (who went through many personnel changes over the years) didn't become successful right away, but by the mid-'60s, they had become huge thanks to such smashes as "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and "My Girl."

The Temptations enjoyed one mega-hit after another in the mid-to-late '60s, and they were still tremendously popular when Kendricks left to pursue a solo a career in 1971 (the year he sang lead on their hit "Just My Imagination"). Many Temptations fans questioned the wisdom of Kendricks leaving such a successful group, but Kendricks proved to be quite viable as a solo act thanks to early-'70s singles like "Keep on Truckin'" (a number one R&B hit) and "Boogie Down" (which went to number two on the soul charts). Other noteworthy solo hits followed, including "Shoeshine Boy," "Get the Cream Off the Top," and "Happy" in 1975 and "He's a Friend" in 1976. Most of his solo albums came out on Motown, although Kendricks recorded Something More for Arista in 1979 and Love Keys for Atlantic in 1981. By that time, Kendricks' popularity had decreased considerably. The singer wasn't heard from that much in the 1980s, but he did participate in the Artists United Against Apartheid's Sun City project in 1985 and recorded with another former Temptation, David Ruffin, as a duo for RCA in 1988.

Sadly, the 1990s would see the premature deaths of no less than three former members of the Temptations. First, Ruffin died of a cocaine overdose in 1991, followed by the deaths of Kendricks in 1992 and Melvin Franklin (from a brain seizure) in 1995. (Tragedy was nothing new to Temptations members, for Paul Williams had committed suicide back in 1973). Kendricks was only 52 when he died of lung cancer in his native Birmingham on October 5, 1992. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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at the age of 12 years old when I came across my older cousins album the Temptations I immediately fell in love with Eddies vocals peace to the pleasures that the Temptations brought through the years especially Eddie.......
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Thank you! and to all the song you sang with the temptation and going on with your life as a solo artist R.I.P. Eddie Kendricks.
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Eddie Kendricks is one in a million; he is the best of the Temptations. I loved him so much, I married a guy that looked just like him!!! :) RIP Eddie!!!
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d.holliday58
with the temps he was cold on his own he was cold. R I P Eddie. Hollywood
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Shoeshine boy
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ONLY ROOM FOR TWO was very un-noticed but should be remade by someone with that strong falsetto voice!!!!!
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Boogie down..baby..
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Keep on truckin..,��
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This man sang what I felt in my Heart!!!
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the song. Can I sends me away. It touches my soul
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Eddie is one of the best falsetto singers of all time!
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the song johnnymay
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Mr kendrics held his own , iconic musician
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I just truly believe this!!! nothing but God our Friend
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Each Day I Cry A Little...Edd i e at his best!
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NICE **** MR.E KENDRICKS
(( Temptations) )
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soul brother
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One of the Greatest singer's ever RIP Eddie
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Can I.....make a dream come true?
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I met Eddie and one other member of the Temptations when they performed at the Columbia township auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina.How e v e r , I can only remember tall handsome Eddie Kendrick and the feel of his hands and voice. I love and miss him so much.Always and forever in love with Eddie's sweet voice and tall statue. Margaret E
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I met Eddie and one other member of the Temptations when they performed at the Columbia township auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina.How e v e r , I can only remember tall handsome Eddie Kendrick and the fell of his hands and voice. I love and miss him so much.Always and forever in love with Eddie's sweet voice and tall statue. Margaret E
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There will never be a voice like Mr. Eddie Kendricks, RIP Lover forever.
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MOTOWN Man what an awesome falsetto. ..so recognizable
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Love love them
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Temptations is the group..... Eddie Kendricks is the "man"!!..... the prophet man from the bombing happy land!!!


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taylorpaula2 0 1 3
God Bless his Soul,what a voice love you Eddie!
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Oh magnificent Eddie, how I wish I was around in your days!!
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pdaddylight
Best of the days
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Eddie's version of Day by Day showed the power of his voice.
nobody can touch it.
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Eddie was the true sound of the Temptations with that sweet voice. This album HE'S A FRIEND is my favorite.
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kleatherbury 1
One of my favorite Kendricks song was the song he dedicated for his mom Johnny-Mae, very moving and gripping.
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Best Of Strangers Now by Eddie is my all time Fave a new discovery grabs me in the core check it out........
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smooth soul
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Date with the rain 1972 Eddies best
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kleatherbury 1
One of my favorites song by Eddie was Two Sides of Love,which he sang lead with the temptations its an all time ballad for young lovers who separate. This song helped me through my young disappointin g romantic times.
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I love you Eddie! no one has ever brought so much emotion and feeling to the music. Jeannette from Chicago
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bre1952
Still one of my favorite artists, RIP
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There is nothing that I can say that hasn't been said about this wonderful,an d talented man he is so cool, I really miss him like others like him that has left us,just a little while longer Eddie I do believe you have that hope in the resurrection , Jesus talks about in the Bible he raise Lazarus from the dead and will do it again because God has all power and it's call Holy Spirit. Wow can't wait for Paradise on Earth as it is in Heaven. Revelation 21:3,4. Amen we love you sleep until then RIP.
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Some of Life`s Greatest Love Songs
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TRULY CLASSIC. One of the greatest sondwriters ever......Go Bless and R.I.P Eddie !!
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vwesley7
happy is one of my all time favorites by eddie, i think he out didi him self with that one, other than the one he and david did, u're my everything, genius was at work on those, wouldn't u say?
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'Honey Brown' is one of the most haunting songs. Always makes me think of the girls that never wanted the guys like me but the guys that would do them wrong every time. Great emotion.
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Can I is my all time favorite of all songs - miss you Eddie!
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Could someone send Intimate Friends via facebook.
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Eddie's Intimate Friends was my favorite I guess at the time I was trying to capture the attention of a love.
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When I listened to Eddie sing, I could not help but feel like he was singing just to me. Gone but not forgotten.
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SINCE FIRST HEARING EDDIE'S VOICE, THATS REAL SOUL
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tonio884
My very favorite Eddie song.
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desirayjana
he's... a friend of mines
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Hey am old school all the way
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