Melvin Franklin
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Melvin Franklin
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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Relief agencies deliver hot meals to families without power - WVEC.com (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Newport News resident Melvin Franklin is very thankful for the volunteers. He spent the afternoon tossing out spoiled food in his fridge and was hesitant to eat another cold sandwich. He says Mother Nature showed her worst side Saturday,
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New Temptations DVD highlights classic clips from 'Ed Sullivan Show' (video) - The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Because of the DVD's time frame, it highlights the Tempts' "classic five" lineup, which featured three Alabama singers — Eddie Kendricks of Union Springs and Paul Williams and Melvin Franklin, both of Birmingham — as well as subsequent lineups,
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Masters of Motown bring motor city fever on Friday - GoErie.com
Google News - over 5 years
Hodges leads the band and sings bass, so he hits the low parts like Melvin Franklin, his idol, did in the Temptations. Though Motown's heyday was the 1960s, Hodges says his group appeals to more than baby boomers. It plays high school graduations,
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The Supremes and the Temptations Celebrate 50th Anniversaries - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The classic Tempts lineup, with Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams and David Ruffin, was smooth and cool, epitomized by the "Temptations Walk" dance steps. But during the height of the Vietnam War, with new lead singer
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Destacó Rick James por abrir la puerta a músicos afroamericanos - Terra.com
Google News - over 5 years
La principal influencia musical que tuvo en sus primeros años de vida fue su tío Melvin Franklin, quien era el bajista y vocalista de la banda The Temptations. Formó su primer grupo junto con el compositor canadiense Neil Young y Bruce Palmer bajo el
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Enduring power of Temptations - Windsor Star
Google News - over 5 years
Williams hailed from Texarkana, Texas, while Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin and Paul Williams all came from Alabama. David Ruffin, who joined in 1963, was born in Mississippi. "I often tell people it was a gift from God that so many talented people,
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Arthur Roy Halladay - Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
He was born on April 12, 1928 in Lehi, Utah, the son of Melvin Franklin and Annie Aline Shaw Jones. He married his sweetheart Dalene Marie Peterson Jones in December of 1950. Private family services were held with Military Honors
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Comprehensive plan will determine area's future - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
Google News - over 5 years
Contact Rick Melvin, Franklin Township secretary/treasurer, at 333-5131 to make an appointment for viewing. Officials are putting the final touches on the township's first-ever comprehensive plan, which will help officials determine what the future
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Motown Legend Laying Low in St. Louis - KPLR 11
Google News - almost 6 years
Before he joined, the group was the classic 5: David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin and Paul Williams. They had a string of hits in the 60s. But success and drugs were going to David Ruffin's head, and he was on his way out
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Ray Davis, 65, Veteran Member of P-Funk
NYTimes - over 11 years
Ray Davis, a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic, the flamboyant funk band whose music is considered a precursor to modern rap and hip-hop, died on Tuesday in New Brunswick, N.J. He was 65. The cause was respiratory complications, said his son, Derrick. Mr. Davis provided bass vocals on songs like ''One Nation Under a Groove'' and
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Rick James [ b. 1948 ]; Funk Master
NYTimes - about 12 years
Dwell long enough in pop culture's mind's-eye and you'll be forgiven or forgotten; the watershed glam-funk craftsman Rick James didn't live long enough to pull off either. It was the television comedian Dave Chappelle's riotous sendup of James's addictions, abuses and all-around sleaziness that managed to resurrect and thoroughly reinscribe the
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Rick James, Rebel Rocker of 'Punk-Funk,' Is Dead at 56
NYTimes - over 12 years
Rick James, the unabashedly bawdy funk-rock pioneer who had a run of hits, including ''Super Freak,'' from the late 1970's to the mid-80's, died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles, his record company, Universal Motown, announced. He was 56. He was found yesterday morning by a housekeeper, a police spokesman said. The record company said Mr. James
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MUSIC; Motown Sound: a Great Beat, Still Danceable
NYTimes - over 16 years
FANS of oldies music have learned by now to read the fine print of advertisements before seeing their favorite groups in concert. In many cases, the people they see on stage are not the same ones who recorded the groups' hit singles. Three years ago, after the Four Tops performed live on a morning television show in London, a woman called the
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TELEVISION REVIEW; A Smashing Success With Only One Survivor
NYTimes - over 18 years
In 1965, the No. 1 pop record in the United States was ''My Girl,'' a sugary ballad sung by five young men from Detroit who called themselves the Temptations. The tale of how they reached that exalted moment, and of the tragic letdown that followed, has been dramatized in ''The Temptations,'' a four-hour film that NBC is presenting tomorrow and
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Melvin Franklin, Pop Singer, 52
NYTimes - about 22 years
Melvin Franklin, an original member of the singing group the Temptations, died on Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 52. The cause was heart failure, the hospital said, adding that Mr. Franklin was hospitalized a week ago. The Temptations' hit recordings included "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "My Girl," "It's Growing," "Since I
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Eddie Kendricks, 52; Sang With the Temptations
NYTimes - over 24 years
Eddie Kendricks, the former lead singer of the Temptations, one of the top male singing groups of the 1960's, died on Monday at Baptist Medical Center-Princeton here. He was 52 years old and lived in this city. He died of lung cancer, said Betty Ingram, a hospital spokeswoman. Mr. Kendricks, whose clear falsetto punctuated hit recordings that
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On-the-Job Learning
NYTimes - almost 29 years
LEAD: PRINTING a daily newspaper aboard an ocean liner plowing through rough seas, while his co-workers turned green with seasickness, was not something Antonio Sierra learned about back in his printing classes at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Nor had he received instruction on how to repair the ship's broken printing press so that he
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SOUL: TEMPTATIONS AND 4 TOPS
NYTimes - almost 32 years
The Temptations and the Four Tops, appearing together at the Gershwin Theater through last night, exemplify two aspects of a pop-soul vocal tradition that saw its finest moment in the mid-60's. Nearly 20 years later, however, that tradition still seems fresh, though hardly trend-setting. Through the Temptations, who sing in refined five-part vocal
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CABARET: TEMPTATIONS
NYTimes - over 35 years
EVEN though they haven't had a major hit in years, the Temptations, who played two shows at the Savoy on Friday, remain one of America's premier black vocal groups. With four lead singers of differing timbre anchored by the rich bass-baritone of Melvin Franklin, this Motown quintet is as adept at the harder pop-funk modes that dominate today's
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Melvin Franklin
    FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 52
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He left behind six children (David English Jr., Davette English, Nicqueos English, Arkellian Arreaga, LaRissa Douglass and Felica English). His mother Rose Franklin died in March of 2013. He is entombed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California in Courts of Remembrance, C-3571, outer south-east wall.
  • FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 46
    In 1989, Melvin Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Temptations.
    More Details Hide Details On August 17, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio, Melvin Franklin was inducted into the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame along with The Temptations. On February 9, 2013, his wife received the lifetime achievement award on his behalf. In 1998, NBC aired The Temptations, a four-hour television miniseries based upon an autobiographical book by Otis Williams. Melvin was portrayed by actor D. B. Woodside.
  • 1986
    Age 43
    He also appeared in the movie Sky Bandits in 1986.
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  • 1984
    Age 41
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The incident prevented Franklin from participating in the Temptations' upcoming tour of Poland, which at the time was still under the Iron Curtain.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the late 1960s, Franklin was diagnosed with arthritis, the symptoms of which he combated with cortisone so that he could continue performing. The constant use of cortisone left his immune system open to other infections and health problems; as a result Franklin developed diabetes in the early 1980s and later contracted necrotizing fasciitis.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1960
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In March 1961, the Elgins signed with Motown Records under a new name; The Temptations. He had a fondness for the color blue, and so he was nicknamed "Blue" by fellow singers. According to Otis Williams, Franklin romantically pursued Supremes singer Mary Wilson at one point. Otis and Melvin were the only Temptations who never quit the group. One of the most famous bass singers in black music over his long career, Franklin's deep vocals became one of the group's signature trademarks. Franklin sang a handful of featured leads with the group as well, including the songs "I Truly, Truly Believe" (The Temptations Wish It Would Rain, 1968), "Silent Night" (Give Love At Christmas, 1980), "The Prophet" (A Song for You, 1975), and his signature live performance number, Paul Robeson's "Ol' Man River". Franklin was usually called upon to deliver ad-libs, harmony vocals, and, during the psychedelic soul era, notable sections of the main verses.
  • 1958
    Age 15
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Age 9
    David English finally moved to Detroit with his mother and stepfather in 1952 at age ten.
    More Details Hide Details Taking on his stepfather's surname for his stage name as a teenager, David English - now Melvin Franklin - was a member of a number of local singing groups in Detroit, including The Voice Masters with Lamont Dozier and David Ruffin, and frequently performed with Richard Street. Franklin often referred to Street and Ruffin as his "cousins".
  • 1942
    Born
    Born on October 12, 1942.
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