Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Remembering Dennis Edwards of the Temptations”)

This past week Dennis Edwards, former lead singer for the Temptations, died from a stroke. He sang lead on “many” of their hit tunes, including “Poppa was rolling stone, psychedelic shack, Can’t get next to you, Cloud Nine, Runaway child running wild, and so many more. He eventually left the Temptations to form his own rendition of Temptation Review (In fact, they were called Dennis Edwards and the Temptations review) and they did very well. Most of the members of the group that achieved fame have now passed on. The original member who actually founded the group is still alive (Otis Williams). Here is a short video clip on Dennis (even though on some of these song parts they point out the wrong man):

 

I remember a couple of years back playing in Washington, DC with a group called the Ebonys. ┬áDennis Edwards and his Temptation review were billed on the same program as us. During sound check we did our thing while I could see Dennis listening intently in the audience. Not long after that, I saw Dennis in the hallway and he said that he had been looking specifically for me. He then told me that our group was great (and that we should have been playing for them) but he also let me know that I was a “phenomenal bass player” and he really admired the way I played. I responded by saying “Considering how many bass players you have come across in your career, that is the highest form of compliment I could possibly get.” I thanked him for that. That evening his group was performing to a track (No live band). I will always remember his words to me. There is a lot more to this man than just his career with the Temptations, so I hope you Google him when you get the chance. Every person has his date with destiny, but I am so glad that I got to meet and talk with him. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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