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Eddie Kendricks

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Eddie Kendricks (Edward James Kendrick, Union Springs, Alabama, December 17, 1939 – Birmingham, Alabama, October 5, 1992), was an American singer and songwriter, noted for his distinctive falsetto singing style. Kendricks co-founded the Motown singing group The Temptations, and was one of their lead singers from 1960 until 1971. His was the lead voice on such famous songs as “The Way You Do The Things You Do”, “Get Ready”, and “Just My Imagination”. As a solo artist, Kendricks recorded several hits of his own during the 1970s, including the number-one single “Keep On Truckin’”.

Kendricks’ solo career began slowly; he endured two years of singles that missed the Top 40, while The Temptations continued with their string of Norman Whitfield-helmed hits (one of which, “Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)”, was written as a jab towards Kendricks and Ruffin). Despite enjoying only a modicum of commercial success and radio airplay, Kendricks’s 1972 album People… Hold On (with the aid of his touring group, The Young Senators: Jimi Dougans, Frank Hooker, LeRoy Fleming, Wornell Jones, David Lecraft, James Drumer Johnson and John Engram) was a cornerstone of DJ playlists in downtown New York’s nascent disco scene. The expansive, eight minute take on “Girl, You Need A Change Of Mind”, which peaked at number thirteen on the soul chart, from the album was a particular favorite at David Mancuso’s Loft. The single was later remade by R&B singer D’Angelo for the Get on the Bus Soundtrack.

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