2018 – Former Temptations member Dennis Edwards, who contributed lead vocals to such hits as “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” “I Can’t Get Next to You” and “Ball of Confusion,” dies in Chicago after a long illness. He would have been 75 tomorrow.
2008 – Motown producer and songwriter Norman Whitfield, who helped craft some of the Detroit label’s biggest hits, died Tuesday at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Hospital. He was 65. While an exact cause of death wasn’t revealed, Whitfield reportedly suffered ailments from diabetes. Whitfield started out at Motown as a tambourine player before writing some early […]
2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile international artist to tour South Africa. Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper and actor signed to The Inc. and Universal Records formerly of Def Jam Recordings. A Hollis, New York native best-known for hits such […]
1999 – Motown act the Temptations earn their first official RIAA-certified platinum award for their 56th album “Phoenix Rising.”
1994 – The Temptations receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1992 – Eddie Kendricks, lead singer of the R&B group the Temptations during the 1960s, dies of lung cancer. Kendricks left the group in 1971 after such hits as the No. 1 songs “My Girl” and “I Can’t Get Next to You.”
1991 – Temptations co-founder David Ruffin dies of an apparent drug overdose. He was
1980 – The Temptations host tonight’s edition of Midnight Special, on which the guests include Firefall and Robbie Dupree.
1973 – Paul Williams of the Temptations dies at age 34. The group has four No. 1 hits by
1972 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” The Temptations. A version of the song by the Undisputed Truth was released four months before the Temptations single but only reaches No. 63 on Chart Toppers’s Hot 100.
1971 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me),” The Temptations.