Remembering Otis “Damon” Harris, Jr. (July 17, 1950 – February 18, 2013)

December 28, 2013


Otis R. "Damon" Harris Jr.   (born Otis Robert Harris, Jr., July 17, 1950 – February 18, 2013)

Otis R. “Damon” Harris Jr. (born Otis Robert Harris, Jr., July 17, 1950 – February 18, 2013)

Temptations’ Damon Harris dies at 62
BY CNN STAFF
Original post from CNN.COM ENTERTAINMENT 2/24/2013

(CNN) Damon Harris, a former member of the Motown group The Temptations, has died at age 62, his family reported.

His eldest daughter, Erica Harris Outlaw, told CNN her father had been battling prostate cancer for the last 14 years.

“He was in great pain for the last several months,” she said.

Harris died Monday, February 18, at Joseph Richey Hospice in Baltimore.

“He was the kind of dad where you wanted the best for him. We’re going to really miss him,” Outlaw said. “We miss him already.”

Eddie Kendrick with the young Damon Harris

Eddie Kendrick with the young Damon Harris

Harris joined the Temptations at age 20 in 1971 and replaced Eddie Kendricks, one of the group’s original lead singers, Billboard.com reported. Harris was with the group until 1975, and he was best known for singing tenor on the band’s hit, “Papa was a Rolling Stone.”

Harris also released a solo album, “Damon Harris: Silk” in the 1970s.

“I am saddened to hear about Damon,” said Dennis Edwards, who was in the band with him. “He will be missed.”

CNN’s Lauren Russell, Denise Quan and Nischelle Turner contributed to this report.

Here is Damon singing “Love Woke Me Up This Morning” live in Paris 1973 (gotta love YouTube). I was not a fan of Damon replacing Eddie Kendrick back in the day and refused to buy any more Temptations music once Eddie left. But My Dad had purchased the LP “In All Directions” which was the first after Ed left. Daddy raved about it so once I listened I must admit I fell in love with this song a Damon. Now I will never say his high tenor was as good a Sweet Eddie’s was,  but I loved Damon’s lead vocal (albeit immature) in the Valerie Simpson penned tune and gave my beloved Temptations a second chance because of it.  :-)

Rest In Peace Brother Harris.

Also of interest:

A Tribute to Life – Otis Damon Harris

Encyclopaedia Britannica – Damon Harris

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