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 Eddie James Kendrick

Eddie James Kendrick

Birth
Union Springs, Bullock County, Alabama, USA
Death 5 Oct 1992 (aged 52)
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
Burial Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 5832 · View Source
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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.

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  • Added: 9 Jul 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5832
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eddie James Kendrick (17 Dec 1939–5 Oct 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5832, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .