1939 - Eddie Kendricks was born on the 17th of December in Birmingham, Alabama. He was among the many soul legends who did his part to put Motown Records on the map. 1961 - The Primes broke up after being together only a few years, and the Temptations (originally known as the Elgins) were formed, members of the Primes and the Distants came together. 1970 - 1976 - His smash hit songs "Keep On Truckin'" (a #1 R&B hit) and "Boogie Down" (which went to #2 on the soul charts). Other noteworthy solo hits followed, including "Shoeshine Boy," "Get The Cream Off The Top" and "Happy" in 1975 and "He's A Friend" . 1971 - He left to pursue a solo a career (the year he sang lead on their hit "Just My Imagination"). 1979 - 1981 - Recorded Something More for Arista and Love Keys for Atlantic. By that time, Kendricks' popularity had decreased considerably. 1985 - The singer wasn't heard from that much, but he did participate in the Artists United Against Apartheid's Sun City project. 1988 - Recorded with another former Temptation, David Ruffin, as a duo for RCA. 1992 - He was only 51 when he died of lung cancer in his native Birmingham on the 5th of October. Eddie was known for his falsetto and boyish charm as well as his beautiful smile.
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