Throwback: Eddie Kendricks-Date With The Rain

Eddie Kendricks recorded “Date With The Rain” for his 1972 solo album People…Hold On. Songwriter Bobby Miller successfully co-wrote hits like “Stay In My Corner” and “O-O I Love You”  for The Dells. He wrote the euphoric “Date With The Rain” and co-produced it with Frank Wilson and Leonard Caston Jr. Kendricks sang in his candied falsetto about disguising a tearful heartbreak in the rain. People..Hold On was his breakout album because of the single “Girl, You Need A Change Of Mind,” which was an early disco record but “Date With The Rain” had its own pulse on the dancefloor. In 1990, house music artist Jamie Principle recorded a cover of “Date With The Rain.” In 1999, the Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park was dedicated to Kendrick in his native Birmingham, Alabama. He was posthumously inducted into the National Rhythm & Blues Hall Of Fame in 2019. The musical Ain’t Too Proud The Life And Times Of The Temptations returned to the stage in August of 2023. Rapper Kendrick Lamar is named after Eddie Kendricks. 

 




Otis Williams Of The Temptations Turns 80 Will Be Celebrated By City College Center For The Arts

Otis Williams The Temptations
photo credit: Photography by Scott Leon. Courtesy of UME

Otis Williams  of The Temptations turns 80-years old today. The Motown legend will be celebrated this Monday November 1, 2021 by the City College Center For The Arts during a live virtual event. Musician K. Sparks will host a conversation about Williams at Aaron Davis Hall with special guests. The gathering celebrates Williams’ birthday and the 60th anniversary of The Temptations. Williams became famous with Paul Williams, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks and  Melvin Franklin during the group’s Classic Five era. Their hit songs like “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” “My Girl” and “Since I Lost My Baby” made The Temptations the premier all-male vocal group of the ’60s. They were among one of the first Black groups to have crossover success in America and appear on mainstream television. The group had its own television specials in the ’60s two of them (Taking Care Of Business & Getting It Together) with Diana Ross & The Supremes which was something that never happened for Black entertainers before them. The Temptations Show in 1969 was a Motown-produced television program. 

The lineup has changed over the past six decades after the passing of  Paul Williams, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks and Melvin Franklin. Dennis Edwards replaced Ruffin in 1968 and left the group in the ’80s. Otis Williams is the remaining original member and he has kept The Temptations alive with different singers. They just released their new single “Is It Gonna Be Yes Or No” which is a collaboration with former Motown label mate Smokey Robinson. The Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud: The Life And Times Of The Temptations about their journey has re-opened at the Imperial Theatre in New York City. Their story was first presented to the public with the Emmy-winning 1998 television mini-series The Temptations which became known for actor Leon’s brilliant portrayal of David Ruffin. 

The group is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Grammy winners and still on tour in 2021. The City College Center For The Arts event will start at 7:30 PM ET. Fans can RSVP at https://citycollegecenterforthearts.org/shows/celebrating-otis-williams/

 

 




Throwback: David Ruffin-Walk Away From Love

R.I.P. Dennis Edwards

[youtube id=”CH3rx8LhrQo”] Dennis Edwards, one of the lead singers of The Temptations died in Chicago yesterday at age 74. The Alabama native started his career at Motown as the leader of The Contours. Edwards joined The Temptations in 1968 as a replacement for David Ruffin. He sang lead on some of their biggest songs including “Papa Was A Rolling,” “Cloud Nine” and “Shakey Ground.” Edwards left the group in the late ’70s and had a brief solo career during the ’80s. Don’t Look Any Further was the most successful of his three albums and the title song with Siedah Garrett was a hit.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame with The Temptations in 1989. In the ’90s, he started touring as The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards. His voice is forever remembered for leading The Temptations through their funk-influenced jagged style era.