Remembering Eddie Kendricks (Part 1 of 3)

December 17, 2008



Edward James Kendrick

Born: Dec 17, 1939 in Union Springs, Alabama
Died: Oct 05, 1992 in Birmingham, Alabama

eddie-with-pipe

 Obituary

Short Bio & Condolence Cards (You may leave flowers and a note.)

Eddie’s legacy is his children Aika, Paul and Parris.

Career Highlights With The Temptations


Studio,  Live Recordings &  Soundtrack Recordings:

the-original-temptations

With the Original Temptations:

Meet the Temptations (Gordy 911) released March 20, 1964
Peak: #95 Pop
Producers: Berry Gordy Jr., William “Smokey” Robinson

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

“Dream Come True” featuring Eddie on lead vocal from “Meet the Temptations” album .

 

With the Classic Temptations (David Ruffin replaced Kel Osborne)

The Temptations Sing Smokey (Gordy 912) released March 22, 1965
Peak: #1 R&B, #35 Pop
Producer: William “Smokey” Robinson

The Temptin’ Temptations (Gordy 914) released November 1, 1965
Peak: #1 R&B, #11 Pop
Producer: William “Smokey” Robinson

Gettin’ Ready (Gordy 918) released June 15, 1966
Peak: #1 R&B, #12 Pop
Producer: William “Smokey” Robinson

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

  “Fading Away” featuring Eddie on lead vocal from ‘Gettin’ Ready’ album.

Temptations Live! (Gordy 921) released March 6, 1967
Peak: # 1 R&B, # 10 Pop
Recorded at Detroit’s “Roostertail” October 1966

The Temptations with a Lot O’ Soul (Gordy 922) released July 17, 1967
Peak: #1 R&B, #7 Pop
Producer: Norman Whitfield

The Temptations in a Mellow Mood (Gordy 924) released November 27, 1967
Peak: #1 R&B, #13 Pop
Producer: Norman Whitfield

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

“With These Hands” from ‘The Temptations in A Mellow Mood’  featuring Eddie on lead vocal.

The Temptations Wish it Would Rain (Gordy 927) released April 29, 1968
Peak: #1 R&B, #13 Pop
Producers: Jeffrey Bowen, Frank Wilson

With the HOF Temptations (Dennis Edwards replaced David Ruffin)

Diana Ross and the Supremes Join the Temptations (Motown 679) released November 8, 1968
Peak: #1 R&B, #2 Pop
Producer: Frank Wilson

‘T.C.B.’ soundtrack  starring Diana Ross and the Supremes with the Temptations (Motown 682)released December 2, 1968
Peak: #1 R&B, #1 Pop

The Temptations Live at the Copa (Gordy 938) released December 9, 1968
Peak: # 2 R&B, # 15 Pop
Recorded Fall 1968

Cloud Nine (Gordy 939) released February 17, 1969
Peak: #1 R&B, #4 Pop
Producer: Norman Whitfield

“The Temptations Show” Soundtrack (Gordy 933) released July 10, 1969
Peak: # 2 R&B, # 24 Pop

Together (Motown 692) released September 23, 1969
Peak: #6 R&B, # 28 Pop
Producer: Frank Wilson

Puzzle People (Gordy 949) released September 23, 1969
Peak: #1 R&B, #5 Pop
Producer: Norman Whitfield

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

“You Don’t Love Me No More” featuring Eddie on lead vocal from the ‘Puzzle People’ LP.

“G. I. T. on Broadway” Soundtrack (Motown 699) released November 7, 1969
Peak: # 4 R&B, # 38 Pop

Psychedelic Shack (Gordy 947) released March 6, 1970
Peak: #1 R&B, #24 Pop
Producer: Norman Whitfield

The Temptations Live at London’s Talk of the Town (Gordy 953) released July 24, 1970
Peak: # 5 R&B, # 21 Pop
The Classic Temptations third and final live concert album.

The Temptations’ Christmas Card (Gordy 951) released October 30, 1970
Producers: Clay McMurray, Barrett Strong

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

“My Christmas Tree” is from ‘The Temptations’ Christmas Card’ LP. Eddie’s lead tenor on this holiday ballad is extraordinary IMHO. I play it every holiday season. It always brings back the best ever memories of Christmases past and lets me shed a few pent up tears. Thank you dear Eddie for sharing you God given talents with the world.

Sky’s the Limit (Gordy 957) released April 22, 1971
Peak: #2 R&B, #16 Pop
Producer: Norman Whitfield

“Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)”  performed live during the Temptations Reunion Tour. (I truly love the version from the Ed Sullivan Show but it has been removed from YouTube.) This tune is from “Sky’s The Limit.”

Also from this (Eddies’ last) LP with The Temptations is  his awesome lead on “Smiling Faces” that never got airplay to my knowledge,  and my favorite for your listening pleasure — here is “I’m The Exception to the Rule.” Eddie shared lead with Dennis Edwards on this one and I think he puts in an awesome performance, especially when he slides in and out of his high and natural register tenor so effortlessly. Corn was a smooth dude : -)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Special Guest Appearance with the  ” Reunion Tour”  Temptations: There were seven temptations on this LP but David and Eddie were given next to nothing to do. This was such a lost opportunity of Motown’s part. It is  unfortunate that the deal fell through for Gamble and Huff to produce this set. Instead Rick James, Smokey Robinson and other Motown producers took the reigns and let them drop IMHO.

“Reunion”  (Motown) Released 1982

#2 R&B, #37 Pop


Special Compilation Recordings:

Of course Eddie also appears on literally hundreds of Temptations’ Collections and Anthologies and Box Sets with the Temptations but these few are must haves for  Eddie Collectors because they contain songs, with Eddie vocals, not found anywhere else.
“Anthology” 2 Disc Set Released 1990

“Emperors of Soul” Box Set Released 1994

“Anthology” 2 Disc Set Reissued 1995

“Lost & Found: You’ve Got to Earn It (1962-1968) Released 1999  (When this CD set came out I was overjoyed to hear the new/old Classic Temptations songs. I wonder how much more  there is in the infamous “Motown Vault” that has yet to be released?)

“Psychedelic Soul” 2 Disc Set Released 2003. The extended versions on this collection are super!


TV/Video Appearances (Sources:www.tv.com;tvrage.com; my personal video tape collection)

Shindig:  Season: 1;  Episode: 27;  First Aired: 2/10/1965; Prod Code: 6-SHIN-65
Sang “My Girl” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” in the finale with the closing credits.

Ready Steady Go!(UK):   Season: 2;  Episode: 28;  First Aired: 3/12/1965

Thank Your Lucky Stars (UK):  Season: 5;  Episode: 26;  First Aired: 3/20/1965

Where The Action Is:  Season: 2;  Episode: 144;  First Aired: 4/1/1966
Sang “Get Ready”

Where The Action Is:  Season: 2;  Episode: 165;  First Aired: 5/2/1966
Sang “The Way You Do the Things You Do”

Created with flickr slideshow.
American Bandstand: Season:9; Episode:50; First Aired: 8/20/1966
Sang “I Ain’t too Proud to Beg” & “Beauty is Only Skin Deep.”

Where The Action Is:  Season: 2;  Episode: 236;  First Aired: 8/9/1966
Sang  “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” & “My Girl”

Where The Action Is:  Season: 2;  Episode: 252;  First Aired: 8/31/1966
Sang “Get Ready” & “Beauty is Only Skin Deep”

The Mike Douglas Show:  Season: 5; Episode: 125;  First Aired: 2/24/1967

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour:  Season: 2;  Episode: 14 (or show #114? );  First Aired: 12/10/1967

The Hollywood Palace: Host: Jimmy Durante / The Temptations;  Season: 5;  Episode: 21;  First Aired: 2/17/1968
Prod Code: 07-HP-68
Probably the last national TV performance by the classic Temptations lineup, featuring David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Paul and Otis Williams (no relation). I have this on VHS and treasure it. A taped Laugh-In skit, spoofing their 1966 hit, ‘Get Ready’, appeared 9 days later as per below.

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In:  Season: 1;  Episode: 6;  First Aired: 2/26/1968

Created with flickr slideshow.
The Hollywood Palace:  Season: 6;  Episode: 21;  First Aired: 3/1/1969
Prod Code: 09-HP-69
Sang  “Runaway Child, Running Wild” with the Temptations and  “My Girl” with The Temptations and host Bing Crosby.

The Music Scene:  Season: 1;  Episode: 5;  First Aired: 10/20/1969
Sang the #1 song in the country “I Can’t Get Next To You.”

The Andy Williams Show (1969):  Season: 1;  Episode: 12;  First Aired: 12/13/1969
Sang “A Time For Us”.

The Leslie Uggams Show:  Season: 1;  Episode: 10;  First Aired: 12/14/1969


Must Have DVDs:

Apollo Presents the Motortown Review 1963. Very early, not too polished, performances from Martha & the Vandellas, The Contours, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Little Stevie Wonder (age 12), The Marvelettes (my favorites in this show, Mary Wells (backed by 4 smooth sounding Temptations that steal the show IMHO) and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. Videocasette. The show is about 50 minutes long.

Get Ready: Definitive Performances 1965-1972″ [DVD] – The Temptations (Released 2006). This holds a special place in my video collection.


Biography of The Temptation Years:

Check out this  “The Early Years” Biography”  about Eddie for a great summary of his professional career up to the point when he left The Temptations.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of 3 — The Solo Years.


This page was updated 5/4/2012, 12/18/2010

This page is Copyright SonDan 2008 All Rights Reserved

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

 

Filed under:

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ROBERT VELEZ December 26, 2012 at 12:59 am

THE TEMPTATIONS WERE GUEST STARS ON THE MIKE DOUGLAS ON APRIL18 1968 NOW I WONDER IF DAVID RUFFIN STILL WITH THE TEMPTS AT THIS POINT AND ALSO IS HE ON THE SHOW WITH THE TEMPTS? GET BACK TO ME ON THIS PLEASE!

Reply

2 SonDan October 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Robert,
David left the group on 6/27/1968 so that would be *after* the Mike Douglas Show. Unfortunately I have never seen that particular show so Ido not know if David made it or not. I will post back here if I find out though.

Musically Yours,
SonDan

Reply

Leave a Comment

Google+