The lead vocal would rotate between most of them, with Eddie singing his high tenor on such songs as "The Way You Do The Things You Do" and "Get Ready." When he wasn't singing lead you could always hear his angelic tones in the background harmonies.
After there were some internal conflicts and Paul Williams left the group Eddie soon followed. The last Temptations song with both of them recording on it was the 1971 mega-hit, "Just My Imagination."
|(L-R) Eddie, Paul, Otis, Melvin, David|
In 1987 he went on-stage with Darryl Hall & John Oates at The Apollo. This concert was recorded and released as an album. I had the cassette tape and I wore the *hell* out of it listening to the clip I'm presenting below. It showcases Eddie's talent at singing the lead as well as the back-up. If you watch it, see how much fun he seems to be having; he grabs Darryl's and John's hands twice to take a group bow. He just seemed to be enjoying himself.
Eddie Kendricks smoked the majority of his life. He died of lung cancer on October 5, 1992. The world lost a beautiful voice.
Happy Birthday, Eddie Kendricks!