Eddie Kendricks

Singer and Songwriter
Born Dec 17, 1939

Eddie Kendricks was an American singer and songwriter. Noted for his distinctive falsetto singing style, Kendricks co-founded the Motown singing group The Temptations, and was one of their lead singers from 1960 until 1971. His was the lead voice on such famous songs as "The Way You Do The Things You Do", "Get Ready", and "Just My Imagination".… Read More

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1939 Birth Kendricks was born in Union Springs, Alabama on December 17, 1939, the son of Johnny and Lee Bell Kendrick. … Read More


1955 15 Years Old In 1955, Kendricks, Williams, and friends Kell Osborne and Jerome Averette formed a doo-wop group called The Cavaliers, and began performing around Birmingham. … Read More


1970 30 Years Old Following one final altercation with Williams and Franklin during a run at the Copacabana nightclub in November 1970, Kendricks walked off after the first night and didn't return, and it was mutually decided he would leave the group.
1971 31 Years Old 1 More Event
While working on his first solo album, Kendricks recorded one last hit single with the Temptations, 1971's "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)".
1972 32 Years Old Despite enjoying only a modicum of commercial success and radio airplay, Kendricks's 1972 album People... … Read More
1973 33 Years Old As the dance craze seeped through into other cities, Kendricks scored a #1 pop hit in 1973 with the Frank Wilson-produced "Keep on Truckin'". … Read More
1978 38 Years Old Exasperated by a lack of creative and financial control, Kendricks left Motown in 1978, with the requirement of signing away the rights to his royalties. … Read More


1982 42 Years Old He and David Ruffin briefly re-joined the Temptations for a 1982 reunion tour. … Read More


1991 51 Years Old In late 1991, Kendricks, by now living in his native Birmingham, Alabama, underwent surgery to have one of his lungs removed in hopes of preventing the spread of the cancer.
1992 52 Years Old 1 More Event
He continued to tour through the summer of 1992, when he fell ill again and was hospitalized.
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