(Reuters) – Grammy-winner Dennis Edwards, who executed lead vocals for some of the chart-topping Motown singles recorded by The Temptations in the 1960s and 1970s, has died at age 74, his manager mentioned on Friday.
Edwards died at a hospital in Chicago on Thursday evening or Friday early morning of problems from an unspecified sickness, his manager Toby Ludwig mentioned by mobile phone.
The singer, who lived outside the house St. Louis, would have celebrated his 75th birthday on Saturday.
The Alabama-born Edwards changed David Ruffin as lead singer of The Temptations in 1968.
Edwards sang lead on some of the vocal group’s most unforgettable hits, which includes “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” a 1972 release that attained Edwards and the team two Grammy Awards, and “I Cannot Get Upcoming To You,” which topped the pop charts in 1969.
Edwards left The Temptations about the time the team left Motown to signal with Atlantic Data in 1977. He rejoined and left a number of moments in the 1980s, when the team savored significantly less results on the pop charts than in the previous two decades.
Edwards was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 1989 as a member of The Temptations.
Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles Enhancing by Sandra Maler and Leslie Adler