Get Ready Eddie Kendricks
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Kendricks in 1972
Edward James Kendrick
Also Referred To As
December 17, 1939
Union Springs, Alabama, U.S.
Ensley, Alabama, U.S.
October 5, 1992 (aged 52).
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
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 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 records, including “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).
- 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).
1981: “( Oh I) Need Your Loving“ (US R&B # 41).
Corner Stone Release
1984: Surprise Attack (US| United States} R&B # 87).
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).