Rest in peace, Dennis Edwards. The lead singer of The Temptations has sadly died at age 74, his family confirmed to CBS News on Friday, Feb. 2. Though the Edwards family did reveal the Detriot-native passed away in his Chicago home, they did not provide any details on Dennis’ cause of death at this time. Dennis, unfortunately, passed away just before be turned 75 years old — his birthday is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 3.
Dennis is most known for performing Mowton hits including “Papa was a Rollin’ Stone, “Cloud Nine, “Ball of Confusion,” and “I Can’t Get Next to You” with The Temptations. He previously joined the R&B group in 1968 to replace former lead singer David Ruffin. He stayed with The Temptations through 1976 until he was asked to leave the group by a fellow member.
Dennis with The Temptations in 1974. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
He returned as lead singer in 1980, left again in 1984, and came back for the final time in 1987. Dennis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Temptations in 1989. Though he reached mega-success with the group — which has also included members Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs, and Willie Green — Dennis also had a solo singing career. His biggest solo hit was 1984’s “Don’t Look Any Further.” In popular culture, Dennis was once portrayed by actor Charles Ley in the 1998 biographical TV miniseries The Temptations.
In 1977, Dennis tied the knot with The Pointer Sisters singer Ruth Pointer, 71, in Las Vegas. The couple later welcomed a daughter, Issa Pointer, in 1978 before they divorced. Issa, now 40, is also a singer and has performed with The Pointer Sisters. Our thoughts are with Dennis’ family and friends during this difficult time.