Bryant, Elbridge 'Al' b. September 28, 1939 d. October 26, 1975 Singer, Musician. He was a member of the original line-up of Motown's biggest act, The Temptations. He was a fine tenor vocalist and sang background on the vocal group's earliest songs, such as "May I Have This Dance," "Isn't She Pretty," and possibly a number of others that were never attributed to him. After an unceremonious departure from The Temptations (allegedly because of his unreliability and alcoholism), Mr. Bryant would appear in many local groups in and around Detroit, Michigan. He...[Read More] Cause of death: Liver failure Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Franklin (English), Melvin (David) b. October 12, 1942 d. February 23, 1995 R/B singer, born David English in Montgomery, Alabama, his stage name Franklin came from his mother's surname, Franklin. Nicknamed "blue" by friends and fellow singers because he liked everything blue. He was a member of many local singing groups in Detroit, including The Voice Masters. He attended Northwestern High, where he met Otis Williams, and this would be the beginning of a relationship between Otis and Melvin that would last for over thirty years. Melvin joined The Distants as the...[Read More] (Bio by: Babe) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Courts of Remembrance, C-3571, outer south-east wall. GPS coordinates: 34.1491890, -118.3202362 (hddd.dddd)
Kendrick, Eddie James b. December 17, 1939 d. October 5, 1992 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...[Read More] (Bio by: Babe) Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
Ruffin, David b. January 18, 1941 d. June 1, 1991 R & B singer and lead for the famed Motown group The Temptations. David Ruffin could not capitalize on his first solo singles for various labels, so he shared his private pain in the Temptations' biggest hits. He was born in Wyanot, Mississippi, on Jan. 18, 1941, to a family who had a little musical group called The Spiritual Living Four. Ruffin's relationship with The Temptations was a stormy one, but the marriage produced defining moments in 1960's soul, and his departure from the group in...[Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson) Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA Plot: Section 3, Lot 243, Grave #3
Williams, Paul b. July 2, 1939 d. August 17, 1973 R/B singer, choreographer. Original member of the "Temptations". Born in Birmingham, Alabama. Paul along with Eddie Kendrick formed their own group, The Primes. Without a contract, they joined Otis Williams of the Elgins. In 1961, the name changed to The Temptations. Paul was the original choreographer, he sang lead on, No More Water In The Well and Don't Look Back, best known for his live performance, "For Once In My Life". Paul's health and performance began declining; in 1971 he left the...[Read More] (Bio by: Babe) Cause of death: Died from a gunshot wound Lincoln Memorial Park, Clinton Township, Macomb County, Michigan, USA Plot: Lot 275, Grave #4, Section #G