Legendary Temptations singer Dennis Edwards dies at 74

Legendary Temptations singer Dennis Edwards dies at 74

Dennis Edwards, whose unmistakable voice of the Motown period led The Temptations for 20 years, died at age 74.

Edwards would have turned 75 Saturday. He died Thursday night time in Chicago of problems from meningitis, his household confirmed.

The Grammy Award-winner was famed for the group’s hits together with Cloud 9, Papa was a Rollin’ Stone and I Cannot Get Subsequent to You.

On Friday, the band paid tribute to Edwards on social media.

“Very unhappy to study of the passing of our brother, Dennis Edwards. He’s now at peace, and our love and prayers exit to his household. We acknowledge his extraordinary contribution to The Temptations legacy, which lives on within the music. Temptations Endlessly~Otis Williams.”

Very unhappy to study of the passing of our brother, Dennis Edwards. He’s now at peace, and our love and prayers exit to his household. We acknowledge his extraordinary contribution to The Temptations legacy, which lives on within the music. Temptations Endlessly~Otis Williams pic.twitter.com/ru7XZe0OJg- Temptations (@Temptsofficial) February 2, 2018

Additionally paying tribute through Twitter Friday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

“He impressed tens of millions all over the world. We will keep in mind him,” Jackson tweeted. “So proficient. He’s above #CloudNine, going larger.”

Dennis Edwards, former lead, singer of the #Temptations. I went to go to him at @RushMedical. He slept away. In his life he impressed tens of millions all over the world. We will all keep in mind him. So proficient. He’s above #CloudNine, going larger. RIP my brother beloved. pic.twitter.com/yg888HnOWz- Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) February 2, 2018

Edwards joined The Temptations in 1968, changing lead singer David Ruffin. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 1989 and acquired a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2013.

Throughout his profession, Edwards went solo with Motown Data. Do not Look Any Additional, his first solo file, reached No. 2 on the R&B charts.