Gentleman Of Songs Dennis Edwards Passes On

The great gentleman of songs Dennis Edwards has passed on.

Dennis was the lead singer with The Temptations and was a true legend who was so immaculately dressed.

He also performmed with the Irish stars from The Commitments, singing an amazing Natural Woman with Dublin songstress and writer Karen Coleman.

Dennis was always so polite, and his suits just said class. Dennis passed away at 74, and would have turned 75 this coming Saturday.

He was the lead singer of The Temptations from 1968 until 1977.

We had some funny times with Dennis in London when he sang with The Commitments touring band led by Dick Massey.

When Dennis and Dick werea together, man, oh man, did the fun reach some heights.

They are both gentlemen and between them they had a fund of stories to tell about the music business.

Dennis was a living legend yet he was such a humble fellow never boasting about himself but so, so willing to help other singers and musicians.

When his velvet voice hit the microphone wow did our hearts soar.

By then Dennis had already gained fame for singing on tracks including “Ball of Confusion,” “I Can Get Next to You” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.”

Dennis was fired from The Temptations in 1977 when they left Motown Records for Atlantic Records.

When we talked to him about those days Dennis said the record men took everything from him, except a few suits which he was able to grab before they confiscated evertything, yes everything on him.

He went broke, was wiped out, but Dennis continued to sing and he rejoined The Temptations in 1980 when they returned to Motown Records.

He departed the band once again in 1984 to pursue a solo career, and wow could he sing as he showed on his debut solo album Don’t Look Any Further, which came out in ’84.

In 1989, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with The Temptations.

In the mid 1990s he hooked up with the Irish stars from The Commitments movie, who were touring the world and performed before millions of people across the five continents.

Dennis was in Chicago at the time of his passing.

He was married to Ruth Pointer of the famed band The Pointer Sisters from 1976 to 1977.

They had a daughter named Issa Pointer who became a part of The Pointer Sisters eventually.

Heaven must be so happy to have Dennis Edwards back Home to sing to God and his angels.