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Eddie James Kendrick
Birth: Dec. 17, 1939
Union Springs
Bullock County
Alabama, USA
Death: Oct. 5, 1992
Birmingham
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA

R/B singer. Original member of the famous Motown group The Temptations. Born in Union Springs, Alabama, he was the son of Johnnie and Lee Bell. In his hometown, he was known as "Cornbread" because he loved to eat it. Eddie left Alabama at a young age traveling to Detroit with his boyhood friend Paul Williams. Eddie and Paul formed their own little group, The Primes; Eddie's record deal fell through leaving him without a contract; he met Otis Williams and in 1961 The Temptations was born, Eddie was the smooth falsetto voice. From 1961 to 1971 Eddie added the "s" to Kendrick (Kendricks). He sang lead on many songs during the Temptations early years: The Way You Do The Things You Do, Get Ready, The Girl's Alright With Me, I'll Be in Trouble and Girl Why You Wanna Make Me Blue. Eddie left the Temptations in 1971 to go solo; he recorded such songs as: Keep on Trucking, Boogie Down and Can I. Eddie later re-united with David Ruffin, who left the group in 1968; he and David Ruffin then formed a group with Dennis Edwards. The group toured and performed throughout the world. In 1989, Eddie, David and Dennis re-united with The Temptations to be inducted into the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame. In 1991 Eddie was diagnosed with Lung Cancer, he continued to sing and tour the country almost until his death. (bio by: Babe) 
 
Burial:
Elmwood Cemetery
Birmingham
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 09, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 5832
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Thank you for "Keep On Truckin". I'm still doing it 36 years later. Songs inspire people to do what they do and this was no exception.
- Mark
 Added: Aug. 26, 2014
Love, forever & a day
- YAM
 Added: Aug. 17, 2014
your spirit and music lives on forever,always missed,loved and never forgotten.
- Brandy
 Added: Aug. 14, 2014
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