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The Temptations’ lead singer Dennis Edwards, who sang on iconic chart toppers “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” and “I Can’t Get Next to You,” has died at the age of 74 – just one day shy of his 75th birthday. Edwards’ family confirmed his passing to CBS Chicago this morning but did not disclose the cause, though they did reveal that he was in Chicago at the time of his death.
Music was one of the great loves of Edwards’ life, beginning in the family church in 1945 when he was just two years old; a move to Detroit from Fairfield, Alabama in 1953 saw the 10-year-old’s love for singing grow even further as he continued to sing in the church pastored by his father before ultimately becoming the church’s choir director. The son of a pastor, Dennis was forbidden to listen to or sing secular music at home, but that didn’t stop the teen from pursuing a career in rhythm and blues music and forming his own group, Dennis Edwards and the Fireballs, in 1961.