Tag: Dennis Edwards

In Memoriam: Dennis Edwards (1943 – 2018)

Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9195855t)Dennis Edwards (February 3, 1943 – February 2, 2018) was an American soul and R&B singer, notably a lead singer in The Temptations, on Motown Records. Edwards joined the Temptations in 1968, replacing David Ruffin and sang with the group from 1968 to 1976, 1980 to 1984 and 1987 to 1989. In the mid-1980s, he attempted a solo career, scoring a hit in 1984 with “Don’t Look Any Further” (featuring Siedah Garrett). Until his death, Dennis was the lead singer of The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, a Temptations splinter group.

Edwards was born in Fairfield, Alabama, about eight miles from Birmingham, to Reverend and Mrs. Dennis Edwards Sr., He began singing as a toddler, just two years old, in his father’s church. The Edwards family moved to Detroit, Michigan when Edwards was about ten years old, and Edwards would continue to sing in the church pastored by his father, eventually becoming choir director.

As a teenager, Edwards joined a gospel vocal group called The Mighty Clouds of Joy, and studied music at the Detroit Conservatory of Music. He was not allowed to sing or listen to secular music at home, and his mother disapproved when he began pursuit of a career singing rhythm and blues music. In 1961 he organized his own soul/jazz group, Dennis Edwards and the Fireballs. In 1961, Edwards recorded a single for the obscure Detroit label, International Soulville Records, “I Didn’t Have to (But I Did)” b/w “Johnnie on the Spot”.

Following time served in the US military, in 1966 Edwards auditioned for Detroit’s Motown Records, where he was signed but placed on retainer. Later that year, he was assigned to join The Contours after their lead singer fell ill. In 1967, the Contours were the opening act for several Temptations concerts, and Temptations members Eddie Kendricks and Otis Williams – who were considering replacing their own lead singer, David Ruffin (who was a personal friend of Edwards), took notice of Edwards and made his acquaintance.

Edwards died on February 2, 2018, one day prior to his 75th birthday, in a Chicago hospital after a long illness, the singer’s manager confirmed to ABC News. – Wikipedia

Great Soul Performances Saturday 5-7p – 7-9p ET #GSP #RadioMax

bobby-jayGreat Soul Performances Saturday means an ENCORE Great Soul Performances The 80s and a brand NEW edition of Great Soul Performances at 7pm ET.

1 . ENCORE features:  Shalamar, Dennis Edwards, the Four Tops, Patti LaBelle, the Whispers, Gary “U.S.” Bonds, the Jones Girls, Larry Graham, Diana Ross, the Dells and many others . . 

2.  NEW EDITION features:  We take a look back to last year and pay tribute to the singers, musicians, artists and writers we lost in 2013. You’ll also hear a couple of new tunes from Cliff Perkins & Soul Generation, Otis Redding, the Notations, Aretha Franklin, the Jewells, Etta James, the Four Tops, Major Lance, the Tams, Jimmy Castor; (in his own words) & B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland “live in concert.” It kicks off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. It follows an repeat performance of “Great Soul Performances 2, The 80’s” at the appropriate time in each time zone. If you miss the show this evening, the encore performances are on Monday at 10PM and on Wednesday at 12 Noon; both times eastern. We lost a lot of good and cherished people in 2013, so let’s remember them later this evening on RadioMaxMusic.com. -Bobby Jay