Melvin Franklin

Born Oct 12, 1942

David Melvin English better known by the stage name Melvin Franklin, was an American bass singer. Franklin was best known for his role as a member of Motown singing group The Temptations from 1960 to 1994.

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1942 Birth Born on October 12, 1942.
1952 9 Years Old David English finally moved to Detroit with his mother and stepfather in 1952 at age ten. … Read More


1958 15 Years Old In 1958, a classmate of Franklin's at Northwestern High School, Otis Williams, invited Franklin to join his singing group, Otis Williams and the Siberians.
1960 17 Years Old Franklin joined the group as its bass singer, and remained with Williams and Elbridge Bryant when they, Paul Williams, and Eddie Kendricks formed The Elgins in late 1960. … Read More


1970 27 Years Old His line from The Temptations' 1970 #3 hit "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)", "and the band played on", became Franklin's trademark. … Read More


1978 35 Years Old In 1978 he was shot in the hand and in the leg while trying to stop a man from stealing his car in Los Angeles. … Read More


1984 41 Years Old In addition to singing, Franklin also worked as a voice actor. In 1984, he provided the voice for the character of "Wheels" in the animated series Pole Position.
1986 43 Years Old He also appeared in the movie Sky Bandits in 1986.
1989 46 Years Old In 1989, Melvin Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Temptations. … Read More


1995 52 Years Old On February 17, 1995, after a series of seizures, Melvin collapsed into a coma and remained unconscious until his death on February 23, 1995, he died in his wife Kimberly's arms. … Read More
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