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 Eddie Kendricks

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Eddie Kendricks

Original Name Edward 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
Plot Block 47
Memorial ID 5832 View Source
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Rhythm and Blues Singer. He was an original member of the Motown singing group "The Temptations". Born in Union Springs, Alabama, he left home at a young age, traveling to Detroit, Michigan with his boyhood friend Paul Williams. The two men formed their own group, "The Primes". However, Eddie Kendricks' record deal fell through, leaving him without a contract. He met Otis Williams and in 1961 The Temptations were formed. From 1961 to 1971 he added the "s" to Kendrick (Kendricks). He sang lead on many songs during "The Temptations" early years, such as "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 Kendricks left "The Temptations" in 1971 to go solo; he recorded such songs as "Keep on Trucking", "Boogie Down" and "Can I". He 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 Kendricks was diagnosed with lung cancer, he continued to sing and tour the country almost until his death.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 8 Jul 1999
  • Find a Grave Memorial 5832
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/5832/eddie-kendricks : accessed ), memorial page for Eddie Kendricks (17 Dec 1939–5 Oct 1992), Find a Grave Memorial ID 5832, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .