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Subject: Archive: Eddie Kendricks, Oct. 5, 1992


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Date Posted: Friday, October 05, 01:48:28pm

Eddie Kendricks, the former lead singer of the Temptations, one of the top male singing groups of the 1960's, died on Monday at Baptist Medical Center-Princeton here. He was 52 years old and lived in this city.

He died of lung cancer, said Betty Ingram, a hospital spokeswoman.

Mr. Kendricks, whose clear falsetto punctuated hit recordings that included "My Girl," "Get Ready" and "The Way You Do the Things You Do," founded the Temptations in Detroit in 1961 with Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams and Elbridge Bryant. David Ruffin replaced Mr. Bryant in 1964, and the group signed with the Motown label.
The Temptations had their first No. 1 hit, "My Girl," in 1965, followed by "It's Growing" and "Since I Lost My Baby" that same year.

"While the Four Tops covered the frenetic side of the Motown sound and the Miracles monopolized its romantic side, the Temptations quite simply stood as the finest vocal group in 60's soul," Joe McEwen and Jim Miller wrote in "The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock-and-Roll." "They could outdress, outdance and outsing any competition in sight."

Mr. Kendricks began a solo career in 1971 but rejoined the group in 1982 for a reunion tour. He was reunited with the group again in 1989 when it was inducted into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame. As a soloist, Mr. Kendricks had a major success in 1973 with the song "Keep On Truckin'," which sold three million copies.



In a 1978 review in The New York Times of one of Mr. Kendricks's concerts at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, Robert Palmer praised his "impressive authority" and his ability to give "each word just the right emphasis while maintaining the illusion of a casual, almost speechlike delivery."

Mr. Kendricks and Mr. Ruffin began working together after their 1985 album, "Live at the Apollo," with the pop duo Hall and Oates. Mr. Ruffin died of a drug overdose last year, shortly after completing a European tour with Mr. Kendricks and another former Temptation, Dennis Edwards.
Last year Mr. Kendricks had a cancerous lung removed. He said the disease was caused by 30 years of smoking.

He is survived by his parents, Johnny and Lee Bell Kendrick, who spell their name differently, and a sister, Patricia Simpson, all of Birmingham; and three brothers, Charles and Robert, of Los Angeles, and Clarence, of Detroit.

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