The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum hosted 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 was 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.