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ABOUT DENNIS EDWARDS
Born February 3, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama to Reverend and Mrs. Dennis Edwards Sr., he began singing as a toddler, just two years old, in his fathers' church. His family moved to Detroit when he was seven. As a high school student, Edwards sang with the Crowns of Joy gospel group, and then in 1961 he organized his own soul/jazz group, Dennis Edwards and the Fireballs. Before joining The Contours in 1967, Edwards recorded a single for the obscure Detroit label, International Soulville Records. The single was a track called I Didn't Have to (But I Did) with Johnnie on the Spot.
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. The Temptations officially introduced Edwards on July 9, 1968 on stage in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. 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 many or the other Temptations hits including "I Cant' Get Next To you" "Ball of Confusion" "Psychedelic Shack" and "My Girl". The Temptations became one of the most successful Motown groups in the world.
In 1984 Motown re-launched Edwards' solo career, and he had a hit with the 1984 single Don't Look Any Further, which is a favorite of many fans. Dennis Edwards has received 7 Grammy Awards, 14 Gold Records, has sold over 100,000,000 recordings worldwide, is a member of the Alabama Hall of Fame and performed in Washington DC for the 2009 Inaugural Ball for President Obama. Edwards has fourteen (14) Gold albums, five (5) Grammy's and seven (7) nominations for the Grammy Award
Edward's television credits include many guest appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Motown's 25th Anniversary, PBS Soul to Soul Special, Feed the Children and TV One -- Jeff Majors Show.
Dennis Edwards is versatile and skilled artist. He is a true legend in the recording industry. The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards continue to deliver the authentic MOTOWN sound to audiences around the world with their live performances.
ABOUT THE TEMPTATIONS REVIEW FEATURING DENNIS EDWARDS
This Espresso tenor, personally chosen by Eddie Kendricks for the TEMPTATIONS REVIEW, like his '91 release, was "BORN TO SING." With a Minister mother, it was understandable that the multitalented Mr. Sea began his career in gospel, as well as, R&B Thrilling millions all over the world, Mr. Sea is distinguished in Japan and Europe for his soul stirring albums: "OCEANS APART", "SEARCHING FOR LOVE" and "GROOVE MISSION." David is also known in the United States for his accomplished 3-star acting talent. He has captivated audiences across the nation with his appealing presentations in: "God's Trying To Tell You Somethin'" (94-95), the unforgettable portrayal of "Oscar" in "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" (96) and his stellar performance in "Somebody Ought to Tell God Thank-You" (97). Early 1999 he returned to perform with Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards. In his extraordinary rendition of "I Wish It Would Rain" this very talented man brings the audience into his delivery and sends the crowds wild. Doubly blessed with talent, you will be delighted, soothed and excited when you hear his melodic and soulful voice.
With roots deep in music, Mike started singing in church at the age of 4. His mother was the choir director and his father studied piano at Wayne State University. Mike grew up singing in the glee club at school. At the age of 11, he joins his first vocal group. In those days Mike was a tenor. When he turned 13 his voice went down to a deep bass. In 1975, Mike formed a group called "The Five Specials", with a hit record called "Why Leave Us Alone" with Electra Asylum Records in 1979. He also sang with the Dramatics in 1989. He is currently singing with Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review. His most requested song is an old Brook Benton classic called "A Rainy Night In Georgia" which is on the "Live At Casino San Pablo" CD. Mr. Pattillo's rich deep and unique baritone is a voice that would even make Melvin Franklin smile. And like Dennis Edwards's voice, Mike's voice is one you will not forget.
The man the fans affectionately call "The Journeyman". Chris started his musical journey singing with his family's gospel Group at the very young age of 5, and began his professional singing career. In 1969 he organized the singing group "Symbol of Love". In 1992 Chris joined "The Temptations Review". Chris's vocal contributions greatly enhance the legendary sound we all know and love. Chris Arnold brings back memories of Motown sound with "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and "Girl, Why you Want To Make Me Blue", just to name a few. His smooth vocals add a special touch to each of the group's live performances.
Paul Williams Jr.
Paul Williams Jr. is who the fans affectionately call Paul Jr. He is the son of the late great legendary Paul Williams Sr. of The Temptations. Paul began singing and dancing at the age of ten being inspired by his three older sisters to enter a talent showcase with them at a local Boys and Girls Club. By growing up in a household always filled with dance and music Williams took the challenge as they went on to take first place immolating the Jackson 5. Throughout his teen and mid adult life Williams has been in a series of local Detroit groups some known as 4 Deep, Special Touch, Phase 5, Poem, Sky High and many others with dream of making it big in the music industry.
Williams retired his jersey from playing semi pro football to join the legendary Motown artist, Dennis Edwards. The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards officially introduced Paul Williams Jr. March 1, 2009 on the stage in Tampa FL.