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By Los Angeles Times | October 6, 1992
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Eddie Kendricks, whose soaring falsetto was one of the signatures of the Temptations' remarkable vocal versatility, has died at age 52.Mr. Kendricks was a founding member and lead singer of the singing group that played such an integral role in the early history of Motown Records.A spokeswoman for Baptist Medical Center-Princeton said the singer died of lung cancer last night. Mr. Kendricks, a native of Birmingham, had been hospitalized since Sept. 25. Another early Motown artist, singer Stevie Wonder, had visited him Saturday.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
Otis R. "Damon" Harris Jr., a Baltimore singer who performed with the Temptations during the 1970s and later used his own diagnosis of prostate cancer to help raise awareness of the disease in African-American men, died Feb. 18 from the disease at Joseph Richey Hospice. The Owings Mills resident was 62. "Singing was his thing. When we were kids, his ambition was to be a singer for the Temptations. We did talent shows where we played Temps records and he'd sing," said Chuck Woodson, a cousin and broadcaster who recently retired as general manager of WFBR-AM 1590.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
Otis R. "Damon" Harris Jr., a Baltimore singer who performed with the Temptations during the 1970s and later used his own diagnosis of prostate cancer to help raise awareness of the disease in African-American men, died Feb. 18 from the disease at Joseph Richey Hospice. The Owings Mills resident was 62. "Singing was his thing. When we were kids, his ambition was to be a singer for the Temptations. We did talent shows where we played Temps records and he'd sing," said Chuck Woodson, a cousin and broadcaster who recently retired as general manager of WFBR-AM 1590.
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By Los Angeles Times | October 6, 1992
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Eddie Kendricks, whose soaring falsetto was one of the signatures of the Temptations' remarkable vocal versatility, has died at age 52.Mr. Kendricks was a founding member and lead singer of the singing group that played such an integral role in the early history of Motown Records.A spokeswoman for Baptist Medical Center-Princeton said the singer died of lung cancer last night. Mr. Kendricks, a native of Birmingham, had been hospitalized since Sept. 25. Another early Motown artist, singer Stevie Wonder, had visited him Saturday.
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February 25, 1995
Melvin Franklin, 52, an original member of the Temptations whose deep voice anchored the harmonies on such hits as "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and "My Girl," died Thursday in Los Angeles after a series of seizures. Born David English, he sang with the Elgins, later called the Primes, who began recording for Detroit's Motown Records in 1960. Two years later, the group reformed as the Temptations.The group, which for much of its heyday featured Franklin, Otis Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams and David Ruffin, recorded 43 Top 10 singles.
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By GREGORY KANE | November 4, 1998
I FLASHED MY daylong bus pass at the subway station attendant just as I noticed the tune he was singing, only slightly above a whisper."I never heard about or caught her playing. "A line from the Temptations' "The Girl's Alright With Me," quite possibly the most exquisite song ever recorded."Ah, a Tempts tune," I said. "Did you watch the movie?""Didn't everybody?" he answered.No doubt most die-hard Temptations fans did. Others simply wouldn't have to. There wasn't much the NBC miniseries "The Temptations" could tell die-hard Tempts fans that we didn't already know.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | October 9, 2007
Brave, the title of Jennifer Lopez's new album out today, is a misnomer. And the cover shot, featuring the pop star in an intense face-off with her own image, is also misleading. The title and packaging suggest that J. Lo is breaking new artistic ground, that she's challenging herself to do more than the trend-conscious dance-pop that pushed her four previous albums to multiplatinum sales. But that isn't the case at all. Brave is the safest, most predictable album Lopez has recorded. Maybe pregnancy, as it's been rumored, has brought out a tamer side, also seen during her tepid performance with Marc Anthony Friday night at the Verizon Center in Washington.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | October 31, 1998
It's got a nice beat, and you can dance to it.That's the way the teen guests on "American Bandstand" used to review records, and maybe that's the way we should review made-for-TV miniseries like "The Temptations," airing for four hours tomorrow and Monday nights on NBC."The Temptations" is the Hollywood version of the story of the famed and troubled Motown singing group that scored its first hit in 1964. For 10 points, baby boomers, can you name the tune?In the film, founder Otis Williams (Charles Malik Whitfield)
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,Joe Nawrozki is a member of the staff of The Evening Sun | June 6, 1991
THE LONG, thin body rolled into the emergency room of a Philadelphia hospital last Saturday had bright, multicolored Bermuda shorts, lime green sport shirt and white sneakers. He carried no identification.After he was pronounced dead, the doctors released the body to the city's medical examiner's office. In the routine of such procedures, it was tagged "John Doe."Not until the afternoon, when the FBI fingerprints came back, did the body get a name: Davis Eli Ruffin, 50, place of birth, Meridian, Miss.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | April 17, 2008
All of her beautiful dreads are gone, so I almost didn't recognize Dianne Reeves. On the cover of the jazz singer's new CD - the glowing When You Know, released this week - straightened, lustrous hair falls over one side of her smiling face. Those regal, kinky locks that once flowed down her back had to go. "Fifteen years - it was time," the artist says. "When they were out, it was the start of another chapter, another journey." And that personal metamorphosis echoes through the soul-expanding music on the new album.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 7, 1992
Last year, Eddie Kendricks sat in a pew in Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, hunched over and weeping steadily as he said farewell to David Ruffin -- his singing partner in and out of the Temptations.Ruffin's death was "tough on Eddie," said a friend seated nearby. "They've been through a lot together. They loved each other, hated each other, but they were always better together than they were apart."At 10:35 p.m. Monday, Mr. Kendricks joined his partner in death, succumbing to lung cancer in Birmingham, Ala. He was 52.Mr.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | December 4, 2003
I CAN'T really hide it no matter how "ice-cold" I try to be. When friends check out my CDs, they purse their lips and nod. "It's like you're a 40-something-year-old woman," my girl Annette told me once as she sorted through the music I brought to her house. I'm a stone romantic: an incense-and-candles-burning, candy-lyric-loving, big ol' teddy bear. But I get it from my mama. She had a deep jones for those tense, crying-in-the-dark love songs: Aretha's "Ain't No Way," Eddie Kendricks' "This Used to Be the House of Johnnie Mae," The Friends of Distinction's "Going in Circles" and on and on. Lush soul -- the stuff the Spinners, the Stylistics, the O'Jays used to make -- lifts me into thin air, consoles my soul, moves me to tears sometimes.
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