The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a Hall of Fame Series with inductee Dennis Edwards of the Temptations on Friday, July 30 at 1 p.m. in the Museum’s Foster Theater. Edwards will be interviewed by the Rock Hall’s Director of Education Jason Hanley.
Edwards was the first new Temptation to enter the group after their "classic five" heyday, when he replaced David Ruffin as lead singer in July 1968. With his rougher gospel-hewn vocals, Edwards led the group through its psychedelic, funk, and disco periods; two of the Temptations songs he appears on, “Cloud Nine” (1968) and “Papa Was a Rollin' Stone” (1972), won Grammy Awards. Edwards was the lead singer on other Temptations hits including “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Ball of Confusion” and “Psychedelic Shack.” With Edwards, the group became one of the most successful Motown groups.
In 1984 Motown re-launched Edwards' solo career, and he had a hit with the single “Don't Look Any Further.” Edwards later received seven Grammy Awards, 14 gold Records, sold over 100 million recordings worldwide and was inducted with the Temptations into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. He is also a member of the Alabama Hall of Fame and performed in Washington D.C. for the 2009 Inaugural Ball for President Obama. Edward’s television credits include guest appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Motown’s 25th Anniversary, PBS Soul to Soul special, Feed the Children and more.
This event coincides with this month's Rock and Roll Night School program.
Edwards will also perform with the Temptations Review at this year’s 7th Annual Family Unity in the Park Concert & Fireworks Show on Saturday, July 31 from noon to 9pm. Located in Luke Easter Park at Kinsman and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant, the concert is part of a yearlong celebration of educational, cultural and entertainment festivities held in the Mt. Pleasant community. The Family Unity in the Park Concert is FREE and open to the public. Visit www.thefamilyunityinthepark.com for more information.
The Hall of Fame Series, which began in April 1996, is a cornerstone of the Museum’s curatorial and educational efforts. By bringing inductees to Cleveland (and occasionally to venues in other parts of the country) on a regular basis, the series offers audiences rare and unique access to Hall of Famers in an intimate setting. Formats for these once-in-a-lifetime events have inspired spontaneous conversation and impromptu performances, special presentations, and audience-participation question and answer sessions. The series celebrates the careers of some of rock music’s biggest names and allows the public to learn about the history and influence of rock and roll from the people who made it. Each Hall of Fame Series is audio and/or videotaped for use in the Museum’s future Library and Archives.