Dennis Edwards, also known as the man that replaced David Ruffin as the lead vocalist for the Temptations, has died after a 7 month battle with meningitis.
Edwards was born in Birmingham Alabama in 1943 and was singing with a group called The Contours who were also signed to Motown Records. Edwards replaced the troubled Ruffin in 1968 and had several hits with the group including “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” and many others during his 9 year run with the group.
Edwards then began a solo career were he had some success carving out a hit record of his own in 1984 on Motown called “Don’t Look Any Further,” a duet with Siedah Garrett, which reached No. 2 on the R&B charts. He later returned to the Temptations for another run 1987 and toured throughout the ‘90s with the group under the name The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Temptations in 1989. Edwards is survived by his daughter and ex-wife Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters.