Dec. 17, 1939: Temptations’ legendary falsetto, Eddie Kendricks, born

TemptationsOn this day in 1939, Eddie Kendricks (shown in the center) is born in Union Springs, Alabama.

His family will migrate to Detroit and Kendricks will become a member of the legendary Motown Records vocal group the Temptations. A distinctive falsetto, Kendricks will sing lead on several hits during the group’s Classic Five period. They include: The Way You Do the Things You Do, The Girl’s Alright With Me, Get Ready, and Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me.)
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Kendricks will leave the group in 1971 to pursue a solo career and will enjoy moderate success. He will score the hit Keep On Truckin’ in 1973.
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Kendricks will join the ancestors on October 5, 1992.

Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman, the author of On this Day: African-American Life in Detroit, is a native Detroiter and former news reporter. He served on the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He lives in Detroit with his wife, Kim Trent, and their son, Jackson Coleman.