- Dennis Edwards
Dennis Edwards Born February 3, 1943 Origin Birmingham, Alabama U.S. Genres R&B, pop, soul, disco Occupations Singer Instruments Vocals, Piano Years active 1966–present Labels Motown, International Soulville Associated acts The Temptations, Dennis Edwards & The Temptations Review, The Contours Website The Temptations Review on MySpace
Dennis Edwards (born February 3, 1943) is a soul and R&B singer, most noted for being one of Motown act The Temptations' lead singers replacing David Ruffin. He is the father of Issa Pointer, whose mother is Ruth Pointer of The Pointer Sisters.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama to Reverend and Mrs. Dennis Edwards Sr., he began singing as a toddler, just two years old, in his fathers' church. His family moved to Detroit when he was seven. As a high school student, Edwards sang with the Mighty Clouds of Joy gospel group, then in 1961 he organized his own soul/jazz group, Dennis Edwards and the Fireballs. Before joining The Contours in 1967, Edwards recorded a single for the obscure Detroit label, International Soulville Records. The single was a track called I Didn't Have to (But I Did) with Johnnie on the Spot. The record is very rare and sought after by Northern soul fans.
The Temptations Years
Edwards was the first new Temptation to enter the group after their "classic five" heyday, when he replaced David Ruffin as lead singer in July 1968. Ruffin was allegedly fired for what some of his bandmates felt was unprofessional behavior. Edwards had been a friend of the group beforehand and in particular had been a friend of Ruffin's. The Temptations officially introduced Edwards on July 9, 1968 on stage in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. With his rougher gospel-hewn vocals, Edwards led the group through its psychedelic, funk, and disco periods; two of the Temptations songs he appears on, Cloud Nine (1968) and Papa Was a Rollin' Stone (1972), won Grammy Awards. Edwards remained in the Temptations until being fired by Otis Williams in 1977 just before the group's departure from Motown to Atlantic Records. After a failed attempt at a Motown solo career, Edwards rejoined the Temptations in 1980, when they returned to Motown. In 1982, Edwards got the chance to sing with Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks as part of Reunion (The Temptations album) and tour. Edwards began missing shows and rehearsals, and was replaced in 1984 by Ali-Ollie Woodson.
Motown re-launched Edwards' solo career, in 1984 with the hit single "Don't Look Any Further," a duet with Siedah Garrett. The album of the same name reached No. 2 on the R&B charts and included the radio singles "(You're My) Aphrodisiac" and "Just Like You." The 1985 follow-up album Coolin' Out included the title track, an R&B Top 30 hit; and "Try A Little Tenderness." When problems arose between Woodson and the Temptations in 1987, Edwards was brought back once again, but was himself replaced by Woodson in 1989 after being fired a third and final time by Williams.
Ruffin, Kendricks, and Edwards
Edwards toured and recorded with fellow ex-Temptations Ruffin and Kendricks during the late 1980s as 'Ruffin/Kendricks/Edwards, former leads of The Temptations', although nothing was released. The 1998 "Street Gold" DVD "Original Leads Of The Temptations" documents this historic period. After the deaths of both Ruffin (1991) and Kendricks (1992), Edwards was forced to wrap up the project alone. In 1990 Dennis teamed up with Eddie Kendricks to release a dance/club track for A&B records entitled "Get it While it's Hot". The track was recorded at Fredrick Knight's recording studio in the duo's old home town of Birmingham, Alabama and produced and engineered by house music pioneer Alan Steward. The track created a lot of controversy as it contained a short rap sequence which did not sit very well with die hard Temptations fans. Edwards' Don't Look Any Further the Remix Album was released in 1998 containing updated dance mixes and the original 1984 track.
The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards
During the 1990s, Edwards began touring under the name 'Dennis Edwards & the Temptations', prompting a legal battle between himself and Otis Williams. It was decided that Edwards' group would be called 'The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards', the name that Edwards tours under to this day. Edwards' current group includes original Temptation Paul Williams son Paul Williams Jr., David Sea, Mike Patillo, and Chris Arnold.
Edwards was portrayed by Charles Ley in the 1998 biographical television mini-series The Temptations, though he was not heavily focused upon, as the mini-series gave more attention to the Ruffin/Kendricks-era Temptations line up.
The Temptations Joe Herndon · Ron Tyson · Terry Weeks · Otis Williams · Bruce Williamson
Elbridge Bryant · G. C. Cameron · Ray Davis · Dennis Edwards · Melvin Franklin · Damon Harris · Barrington "Bo" Henderson · Eddie Kendricks · Glenn Leonard · Harry McGilberry · Ricky Owens · Theo Peoples · Louis Price · David Ruffin · Richard Street · Paul Williams · Ali-Ollie Woodson
Pre-Temptations: Kel Osbourne · Wiley Waller · James "Pee-Wee" Crawford · Vernon Plain · Arthur Walton · Albert "Mooch" Harrell
Production Studio albumsMeet the Temptations · The Temptations Sing Smokey · The Temptin' Temptations · Gettin' Ready · The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul · The Temptations Wish It Would Rain · Cloud Nine · Puzzle People · Psychedelic Shack · Sky's the Limit · Solid Rock · All Directions · Masterpiece · 1990 · A Song for You · House Party · Wings of Love · The Temptations Do the Temptations · Bare Back · Hear to Tempt You · Power · The Temptations · Reunion · Surface Thrills · Back to Basics · Truly for You · Touch Me · To Be Continued... · Together Again · Special · Milestone · Phoenix Rising · Ear-Resistible · Awesome · Legacy · Still Here Cover albums Live albums Other albums CompilationsGreatest Hits · Greatest Hits II · Anthology · Emperors of Soul · The Ultimate Collection · My Girl: The Very Best of the Temptations · Psychedelic Soul Singles
(US/UK Top 10)"My Girl" · "Get Ready" · "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" · "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" · "(I Know) I'm Losing You" · "All I Need" · "You're My Everything" · "I Wish It Would Rain" · "When You're Young and in Love" · "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)" · "Cloud Nine" · "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" · "Run Away Child, Running Wild" · "I Can't Get Next to You" · "Psychedelic Shack" · "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" · "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" · "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" · "Masterpiece" · "Let Your Hair Down" · "Happy People" · "Shakey Ground" · "The Motown Song" · "My Girl" (reissue)
Filmography VideographyThe Temptations: Live in Concert · 20th Century Masters: The Best of the Temptations · Get Ready: The Definitive Live Performances - 1965-1972 · The Temptations: Live in London DiscographyAlbums · Songs Related persons See also Book:The Temptations · Category:The Temptations · Portal:R&B and Soul Music
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