Get Ready Eddie Kendricks

Get Ready Eddie Kendricks

Get Ready Eddie Kendricks

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Get Ready Eddie Kendricks

Kendricks in 1972



Background Information


Birth Name

Edward James Kendrick

Also Referred To As

Eddie Kendrick

Birth

December 17, 1939
Union Springs, Alabama, U.S.

Origin

Ensley, Alabama, U.S.

Death

October 5, 1992 (aged 52).

Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.

Genres

R&B.
soul.
disco.

Occupations

Singer.
songwriter.


Instruments

Vocals.

Years Active

1955 1992.

Labels

Motown.
Tamla.
Atlantic.
RCA.

Associated Acts

The Temptations.
The Supremes.
Paul Williams.
Smokey Robinson.
Marvin Gaye.
David Ruffin.
Dennis Edwards.
Nate Evans.
David Sea.
Josie Short.
Edward James Kendrick (December 17, 1939 October 5, 1992), best recognized by the name Eddie Kendricks, was an American singer and songwriter. Noted for his distinctive falsetto singing style, Kendricks co-founded the Motown singing group The Temptations, as well as was one of their lead singers from 1960 up until 1971. His was the lead voice on such well-known songs as The Way You Do the Things You Do, Get Ready, and also Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me). As a solo musician, Kendricks recorded several hits of his very own throughout the 1970s, including the number-one single Keep on Truckin.


Kendricks was born in Union Springs, Alabama on December 17, 1939, the son of Johnny and Lee Bell Kendrick. He had one sister, Patricia, as well as three brothers, Charles, Robert,  and also Clarence. His familyrelocated to the Ensley neighborhood of Birmingham, where he met and began singing with his best friend Paul Williams in their church choir in the late 1940s. In 1955, Kendricks, Williams, as well as friends Kell Osborne and also Jerome Averette formed a doo-wop band called The Cavaliers, and started performing around Birmingham. The band made a decision to move for better opportunities in their musical careers,as well as in 1957 the band relocated to Cleveland, Ohio on E 123rd and also Kinsman. In Cleveland, they met manager Milton Jenkins, and soon moved with Jenkins to Detroit, Michigan, where the Cavaliers renamed themselves The Primes. Under Jenkins management, the Primes achieved success in the Detroit area, and eventually creating a female spin-off band called The Primettes (later on The Supremes). In 1961, Osbourne relocated to California, as well as the Primes disbanded. Kendricks and also Paul Williams joined forces with members Otis Williams and Melvin Blue Franklin of Otis Williams as well as the Distants after three members quit and also came to be The Elgins, that on the very same day changed their name to The Temptations and signed to Motown.




The Temptations

The Temptations started singing background for Mary Wells. After an initial dry period, The Temptations quickly came to be the most successful male vocal band  of the 1960s. Although technically Kendricks was first tenor in the band‘s harmony, he predominately sang in a falsetto voice. Among the Temptations songs Kendricks sang lead on were Dream Come True(1962), the band‘s first charting single; The Way You Do the Things You Do (1964), the band‘s first US Top 20 hit; I‘ll Be in Trouble (1964); The Girl‘s Alright With Me (1964), a popular b-side that Kendricks co-wrote; Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)(1964); Get Ready (1966); Please Return Your Love to Me (1968)as well as Just My Imagination (1971)He was also allowed to sing a couple of leads in his natural voice such as May I Have This Dance (1962). He shared lead vocal duty on other recordsincluding You‘re My Everything (1967) (shared with David Ruffin), and also a lengthy string of Norman Whitfield produced psychedelic soul records where all five Temptations sang lead, such as the Grammy winner Cloud Nine (1968), I Can’t Get Next to You (1969), and Ball of Confusion (1970)He also leads on I‘m Gonna Make You Love Me (1968), a popular duet with Diana Ross as well as the Supremes, and also on the Temptations popular version of the Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1968).

Get Ready Eddie Kendricks

Eddie Kendricks (second from left) with the Temptations in 1967.

In the Temptations, Kendricks was responsible for developing the majority of the band‘s vocal arrangements, and additionally served as wardrobe manager, including the now famous purple suits the band wore for one performance. Though Whitfield had primary obligation for writing, Kendricks co-wrote as well as received credit for several Temptations songs aside from  The Girl‘s Alright With Me” including Isn’t She Pretty (1961) and also Don’t Send Me Away(1967). His favorite food was cornbread, and therefore he was nicknamed Cornbread (or Corn for short) by his bandmates. According to Otis Williams, Kendricks romantically sought Diana Ross, lead singer of the Supremes, as well as he was stated to have been close friends with Martha Reeves of The Vandellas. In her second book, Supreme Faith, Supremes singer Mary Wilson writes that she and also Kendricks were lovers briefly, however continued to be close friends.

Kendricks continued to be in the band through the remainder of the decade, however a number of problems began to push him away from it in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was uncomfortable with singing the psychedelic style that Whitfield was now crafting for the band rather than the romantic ballads they had sung under the direction of Smokey Robinson; his friend Paul Williams was frequently too sick to perform with the band; as well as Kendricks frequently found himself at odds with bandmates Otis Williams and also Melvin FranklinAs he grew away from the band, Kendricks started to rekindle his friendship with ex-Temptation David Ruffin, that persuaded him to leave.
In a 1991 interview with a Chicago TV series called Urban Street, Kendricks stated he had in fact considered leaving the band as early as 1965,although that was when the band was finally beginning to take off, as a result of things that weren’t quite proper. He described that they were dealing with people that  didn’thave their best interests in heart. Kendricks, however, at first determined to stay in the band due to the fact that he was worried he would not obtain the support he needed if he left. He additionally mentioned that his relationship with Berry Gordy was less than cordial. Berry Gordy is a man I don’t know, I only met him about three times, he said, but I know he didn’t particularly care for me. Kendricks stated that he did not agree with several decisions that were made.

Following one final altercation with Williams and also Franklin throughout a run at the Copacabana nightclub in November 1970, Kendricks walked off after the opening night and did not return, as well as it was mutually decided he would leave the band. 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). By the time the record reached # 1 on the US pop charts in April 1971, Kendricks had signed a solo deal with Motown‘s Tamla imprint and also was preparing the release of his first solo album, All By Myself. However, a lot of his problems with Motown would return.



Kendricks solo career started gradually; he sustained two years of singles that missed the Top 40, while The Temptations continued with their string of Norman Whitfield-helmed hits (among which, Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are), was written as jab towards Kendricks and also Ruffin). Regardless of taking pleasure in only modicum of commercial success and radio airplayKendricks‘s 1972 album People  Hold On (recorded with his touring band, The Young Senatorscomposed of Jimi Dougans, Frank Hooker, LeRoy Fleming, Wornell Jones, David Lecraft, James Drummer Johnson as well as John Engram) was a cornerstone of DJ playlists in downtown New York‘s nascent disco scene. The expansive, eight-minute take on Girl, You Need A Change Of Mind, which peaked at number thirteen on the soul chart, was a particular favorite at David Mancuso‘s Loft. The single was later remade by R&B singer D’Angelo for the Get on the Bus soundtrack. As the dancing trend seeped through right into other cities, Kendricks racked up a # 1 pop hit in 1973 with the Frank Wilson-produced Keep on Truckin, coming to be the only member of the Temptations to register a # 1 hit in the U.S. as a solo artist. In addition to reaching # 18 in the UK, it sold over 1 million copies, and also was awarded a gold disc. Additional hits included 1974‘sBoogie Down (US # 2, UK # 39) and another million selling release, Son of Sagittarius(US # 28) from the same year, 1975‘s Shoeshine Boy (US # 18), as well as 1976‘s He‘s a Friend (US # 36). Another noteworthy song is Intimate Friends (1977)which was sampled for the Alicia Keys song Unbreakable, A Penny for My Thoughts by Common, Sparkle‘s Time to Move on on her self-titled initial studio album, as well as for Sweet Sable‘s Old Time‘s Sake from the soundtrack for the 1994 2pac film, Above the RimErykah Badu also sampled Intimate Friends for her song Fall in Love (Your Funeral), along with his song My People  Hold on” for her song My People on her album New Amerykah Part One (4th World War).

Annoyed by a lack of creative and also financial control, Kendricks left Motown in 1978, with the requirement of signing away the rights to his royalties. He moved first to Arista Records, and later on to Atlantic Records. By this time, his appeal had waned, as well as he was additionally gradually losing his upper range as a result of chain smoking.

David Ruffin and also he briefly re-joined the Temptations for a 1982 reunion tour. The band, then seven-piece act, also recorded a reunion album, and enjoyed a hit with the Rick James-written-and-produced Standing on the Top. Kendricks sang a few lead lines on the song however had no leads on any of the LP‘s other tracks. In an interview with Tom Meros, Dennis Edwards, Kendricks former Temptations band mate, claimed that Kendricks had problems hitting the higher notes during recording sessions for the album. As a result of his singing difficulty, Edwards stated that Kendricks went to a doctor to examine his vocalability. The doctor discovered a pin drop of cancer on one of his lungsHowever, Kendricks reportedly refused to undergo chemotherapy at the time as a result of fear that he would lose his hair.
Ruffin and Kendrick (Kendricks dropped the s from his stage name during the 1980s) reportedly met up one evening when Ruffin went to watch Kendrick perform in a nightclub; Kendrick found Ruffin in the crowd, pointed him out, and invited him to come up on stage as well as perform with him. Later they discussed touring on their own and also recorded an album as a duo for RCA in 1988.

Get Ready Eddie Kendricks

Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin with Hall & Oates circa 1985.

Earlier, in 1985, they joined the Hall & Oates live album Live at The Apollo recorded at a benefit at New York City‘s Apollo Theater; as well as sang with the duo at Live Aid in Philadelphia and also the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Hall & Oates have mentioned Kendrick and Ruffin particularly, as well as the Temptations generally, as a  significant influence.

In 1989, Kendrick, Ruffin, and also their Temptations bandmates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of FameThere, Kendrick and Ruffin made plans with fellow former Temptation Dennis Edwardsto tour and record as Ruffin/Kendrick/Edwards, Former Leads of The Temptations. The Ruffin/Kendrick/ Edwards project was cut short in 1991, when Kendrick was diagnosed with lung cancer as well as David Ruffin died of a drug overdosealthough Kendrickand Edwards continued to tour for the remainder of 1991.



In late 1991, Kendricks, by now residing in his native Birmingham, Alabama, underwent surgery to have one of his lungs removed in hopes of preventing the spread of the cancer. He continued to tour through the summer of 1992, when he fell ill once again and was hospitalized. Kendricks died of lung cancer in Birmingham on October 5,1992 at age 52. He was survived by his three children: Parris, Aika, as well as Paul Kendricks He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.



In 1998, NBC broadcast The Temptations, a four-hour TV miniseries based upon an autobiographical book by Otis Williams. Kendricks was portrayed by actor Terron Brooks.

On October 16, 1999, Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park, located on the corner of 18th Street as well as 4th Avenue North, was dedicated to Birmingham native Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations.The park utilizes Kendricks family name sans the s, which was added early in his career. The memorial features a bronze sculpture of Kendricks by local artist Ron McDowell along with sculptures of the other Temptations, set into a granite wall. Engraved on the granite are the names of Temptations hit songs. Recorded music can be heard throughout the park, including songs by Kendricks and also the Temptations.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar was named by his mother after Kendricks.



Discography


Eddie Kendricks Solo

Tamla (Motown) Releases
1971: All by Myself
1972: People  Hold On
1973: Eddie Kendricks
1974: Boogie Down!
1974: For You
1975: The Hit Man
1976: He‘s a Friend
1976: Goin Up in Smoke
1977: Slick


Arista Releases
1978: Vintage 78.
1979: Something More


Atlantic Release
1981: Love Keys.

Ms. Dixie Release

1983: I‘ve Got My Eyes on You.
as Daryl Hall & John Oates with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick.

RCA Release
1985: Live at the Apollo.
as Ruffin and Kendrick.

RCA Release
1988: Ruffin & Kendrick.


Tamla (Motown) Releases

Year Title and Catalog Number Peak Chart Positions US US R&B US Dance UK

1971 “This Used To Be The Home Of Johnnie Mae” (T 54203)b/w “It’s So Hard For Me To Say Goodbye” 88 37 — — 

1971 “I Did It All For You” (T 54210F)b/w “Can I?” 101 37 — 

1972 “Let Me Run into Your Lonely Heart” (T 54218F)b/w “Eddie’s Love” 77 35 — — 

1972 “If You Let Me” (T 54222F)b/w “Just Memories” 71 35 — 

1972 “Girl, You Need a Change of Mind (Part 1)” (T 54230F)b/w “Girl, You Need a Change of Mind (Part 2)” 87 13 — 

1973 “Darling, Come Back Home” (T 54236F)b/w “Loving You the Second Time Around” 67 26 — 

1973 “Keep on Truckin’ (Part 1)” (T 54238F)b/w “Keep on Truckin’ (Part 2)” — 18

1973 “Boogie Down” (T 54243F)b/w “Can’t Help What I Am” — 39

1974 “Son Of Sagittarius” (T 54247F)b/w “Trust Your Heart” 28 — 

1974 “Tell Her Love Has Felt the Need” (T 54249F)b/w “Loving You the Second Time Around” 50 — 

1974″One Tear” (T 54255F)b/w “The Thin Man” 71 — 

1975 “Shoeshine Boy” (T 54257F)b/w “Hooked on Your Love” 18 — 

1975 “Get the Cream Off Top” (T 54260F)b/w “Honey Brown” 50 — 

1975 “Happy” (T 54263F)b/w “Deep and Quiet Love” 66 — 
1976 “He’s a Friend” (T 54266F)b/w “All of My Love” 36 
1976 “Get It While It’s Hot” (T 54270F)b/w “Loose” — 24 — 
1976 “Goin’ Up In Smoke” (T 54277F)b/w “Thanks for the Memories” — 30 11 
1977 “Born Again” (T 54285F)b/w “Date with the Rain” — — — 
1977 “Intimate Friends” (T 54290F)b/w “Baby” — 24 — 
“—” denotes a single that was not released in that territory or did not chart
Arista Releases
1978: Ain’t No Smoke Without Fire (US R&B # 13).
1978: The Best of Strangers Now (US R&B # 49).
1980: I Just Want to Be the One in Your Life (US R&B # 87).

Atlantic Release
1981: ( Oh I) Need Your Loving (US R&B # 41).

Corner Stone Release
1984: Surprise Attack (US| United States} R&B # 87).

RCA Release
1985: A Night at the Apollo Live! (US R&B # 40, US POP # 20, US AC # 12, UK # 58) (Daryl Hall as well as John Oates featuring David Ruffin and also Eddie Kendrick).
1987: I Couldn’t Believe It (Ruffin & Kendrick) (US R&B # 14,US AC # 48, UK # 85).
1988: One More for the Lonely Hearts Club (Ruffin & Kendrick) (US R&B # 43).

 

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