The Temptations singer Dennis Edwards dead at 74

Broadway's Motown: The Musical family night celebration at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre - Arrivals Featuring: Dennis Edwards Where: New York, United States When: 05 Apr 2013 Credit: Joseph Marzullo/

The Temptations frontman Dennis Edwards has died a day before his 75th birthday.

The singer joined the soul group in the late 1960s and appeared on the hits "I Can't Get Next to You," "Ball of Confusion," and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone."

Dennis fronted the group until 1977 and rejoined them briefly in the early 1980s, and again in 1987.

Born in 1943, Edwards also fronted soul group The Contours. He replaced David Ruffin in The Temptations.

He also enjoyed solo success with the title track from his album "Don't Look Any Further," which reached number two on America's R&B chart. The song was later sampled for Eric B. and Rakim's rap anthem "Paid in Full" and featured on Tupac Shakur's "Hit 'Em Up."

He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Temptations in 1989.

Edwards was married to Ruth Pointer of The Pointer Sisters. Their daughter, Issa Pointer, later joined her mother's group.

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