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Former Temptations singer Richard Street passes away

Former Temptations singer Richard Street passes away

RICHARD Street, who was lead singer with The Temptations, has passed away at the age of 70.

Although the group, which became one of Motown Records most successful acts, had been formed in the early 1960s Mr. Street did not join the line-up until 1971. However, he had played with Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin before they became original members of the group.

Ironically, he was the first member of the group to have been born in Detroit — the home of Motown.

Although the line-up would change regularly over the years, Mr. Street remained a key member for 25 years. During this time The Temptations recorded a number of hits including Hey Girl, Every Time I Close My Eyes and the Grammy Award-winning Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone (see below).

During his career, Mr. Street received three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards and an NAACP Award (presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People).

After leaving The Temptations in the mid-1990s, Mr. Street continued to tour extensively with his own band. He had been working until only weeks before his death.

He passed away at a hospital in Las Vegas after being admitted with what was believed to have been a clot on one of his lungs.

Mr. Street is survived by his wife Cindy and his two sons and two daughters.

Just days before his death another former member of The Temptations, Otis Harris, passed away at the age of 62.

To view footage from a 1988 concert given by The Temptations in which they open with Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone, click here.

To see part of an interview with Richard Street, click here.

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