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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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One of the Greatest singer's ever RIP Eddie
Can I.....make a dream come true?
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
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
There will never be a voice like Mr. Eddie Kendricks, RIP Lover forever.
MOTOWN Man what an awesome falsetto. ..so recognizable
Love love them
Temptations is the group..... Eddie Kendricks is the "man"!!..... the prophet man from the bombing happy land!!!


taylorpaula2 0 1 3
God Bless his Soul,what a voice love you Eddie!
juliagm16
Oh magnificent Eddie, how I wish I was around in your days!!
pdaddylight
Best of the days
Eddie's version of Day by Day showed the power of his voice.
nobody can touch it.
Eddie was the true sound of the Temptations with that sweet voice. This album HE'S A FRIEND is my favorite.
kleatherbury 1
One of my favorite Kendricks song was the song he dedicated for his mom Johnny-Mae, very moving and gripping.
Best Of Strangers Now by Eddie is my all time Fave a new discovery grabs me in the core check it out........
smooth soul
Date with the rain 1972 Eddies best
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.
I love you Eddie! no one has ever brought so much emotion and feeling to the music. Jeannette from Chicago
bre1952
Still one of my favorite artists, RIP
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.
Some of Life`s Greatest Love Songs
TRULY CLASSIC. One of the greatest sondwriters ever......Go Bless and R.I.P Eddie !!
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?
'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.
Can I is my all time favorite of all songs - miss you Eddie!
Could someone send Intimate Friends via facebook.
Eddie's Intimate Friends was my favorite I guess at the time I was trying to capture the attention of a love.
When I listened to Eddie sing, I could not help but feel like he was singing just to me. Gone but not forgotten.
SINCE FIRST HEARING EDDIE'S VOICE, THATS REAL SOUL
tonio884
My very favorite Eddie song.
desirayjana
he's... a friend of mines
Hey am old school all the way
EVEN, AFTER COMING FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND BEING IN HIGH SCHOOL LEARNING ESL(english as a second language), I ALREADY UNDERSTOOD THE SUCH MELLODIC LANGUAGE OF Eddie Kindricks. That was in the 70's when things WERE GOIN UP IN SMOKE.
ShoeShine Boy by Eddie Kindricks was a son that i will never forget because it kept me motivatived as I strived to get where I am today and I continue to listen to it because I am not yetr at the top where I want to be!
does anybody know the song/album Eddie sang a duet with Luther Van Dross?
You can find that song on Eddie Kendricks "The Thin Man", a 3 cd set issued in 2007. You may have to order it, but it is still in print.
josephsh1
I am looking for the album with the song: You're a part of me' on it.
bobbiec91
Eddie, Eddie Kendricks... w h a t a voice! I still enjoy listening to him on his own taking the lead on Temps songs...chec k him out on YouTube videos, so classy, handsome and so very cool!

A devoted Fan, Lady D.
annmchristo
Eddie Kendrick blessed with so many gifts that beautiful face, angelic falsetto, sooo sexy and smooth. RIP Angelface.
sbonilla1
Date with the rain, what a classic...ju s t loved Eddie
dl_green2
I love Eddie! I just adore him. I wished I could have met the man, he just seems to have a truely genuine man, not to mention FINE!
I.VE ALWAYS LIKED HIS MUSIC' HIS MUSIC CAME FROM HIS HEART' YOU JUST HAVE TO LISTEN'
rnmjoy
Love it! Retro!
levibill25
ALWAYS WILL BE ONE THE BEST VOICES IN THE "MUSIC BUSINESS", BEFORE,NOW AND
FOREVER....O N E OF THE BEST UNDERRATED SONGS I HAVE EVER HEARD....HAS TO BE
"TELL HER LOVE HAS FELT THE NEED"...LOVE HIS VOICE....R.I . P .

LEVI(NJ)
your my everything,o n e of the smoothest, classiest tunes
shan.jjohnso n
Eddie Kendrick has the best falsetto ever!!!
angel24krt
this song puts me in a state of peace,conten t m e n t and delightment
all the temptations were great singers, and i hope that more people will find that the temptations were one of the greatest bands that came out of the Motown record company.
One fine smooth brother w/ a voice of an angel. A perfct example of what the Temptations and Motown were all about.
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