Former Temptations Singer Dennis Edwards Dies at Age 74

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Dennis Edwards, one of the former lead singers of the Temptations, died at the age of 74.

Edwards died Thursday in Chicago and his cause of death was complications from meningitis, his wife Brenda Edwards told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Edwards would have turned 75 on Saturday. His family confirmed his death to CBS Chicago.

Dennis Edwards joined the Temptations in 1968 and performed with the group off and on until 1989, voicing classics like “Cloud Nine” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.”

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Special Merit Awards Ceremony And Nominee Reception
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Singer Dennis Edwards of The Temptations speaks onstage during the Special Merit Awards Ceremony during the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Wilshire Ebell Theater on February 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)Rick Diamond—WireImage

Born on Feb. 3, 1943 in Birmingham, Al., Edwards replaced David Ruffin as the Temptations’ lead singer in 1968 after performing as the lead singer for the Contours, another group under Motown Records that often opened for the Temptations, the Guardian reports.

Edwards left the Temptations in pursuit of solo success in 1984 and found it with the song “Don’t Look Any Further.” He went back to the Temptations three years later, but left again in 1989.

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Edwards and the Temptations were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, where they performed with Daryl Hall and John Oates.

Condolences for Edwards poured in on Twitter:

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