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Dennis Edwards

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Dennis Edwards (born February 3, 1943) is an American soul and R&B singer, most noted for being one of Motown act The Temptations’ lead singers. Edwards first joined the Temptations in 1968, replacing David Ruffin, and sang with the group until 1976, returning from 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). Today, he is the lead singer of The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards, a Temptations splinter group.

Edwards was born in Fairfield, Alabama, eight miles from Birmingham, Alabama (the hometown of fellow Temptations Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks), to Reverend and Mrs. Dennis Edwards Sr., He began singing as a toddler, just two years old, in his fathers’ 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 Might Clouds of Joy, and studied music at the Detroit Conservatory of Music. He was disallowed from singing or listening to secular music at home, and his mother did not approve 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”.

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  • philly727

    Brings back great memories. LOL

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Braghati

    my favorit leadsinger of temptations

    15 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Meisekyume

    What a great voice and just 6 shouts? C'mon people...

    30 Sep 2009 Reply
  • babamulon

    One of the best duets ever. Dennis and Siedah Garrett.

    25 Apr 2009 Reply
  • syscomblue

    "Don`t look any further" will always be my favorite . Great voice Dennis.

    17 Apr 2009 Reply
  • pasifik84

    One of my favorite 'you are my Aphrodisiac'

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
  • AlanSteward

    "Don't look any further" will always be on my list of all time favorite grooves. Perfect in every way. And it was such a pleasure producing Dennis and Eddie in the Fredrick Knight's studio in Bessemer, Alabama, way back when. Great guys to work with. Great voice, Dennis.

    19 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ElectricSoul921

    What a voice.

    7 Jul 2008 Reply
  • somnambulance

    someone to count on in a world everchanging

    25 May 2007 Reply

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