Edwards started his career singing in a gospel vocal group called The Mighty Clouds of Joy and eventually ended up singing for The Contours when their singer Billy Gordon fell ill. The Contours opened up for several The Temptations shows, so they had a good relation with Motown founder Berry Gordy.
The Temptation’s singer, at the time, David Ruffin was letting things get to his head and not showing up to shows… and as a result Gordy decided to replace Ruffin with Edwards.
Two days before his 75th birthday, Edwards suffered a heart attack as a result with meningitis and pneumonia, and died in a Chicago hospital.
Other notably Temptations-related deaths: Damon Harris, the youngest Temptations, died in February 18, 2003, as mentioned with Audrey and The Contours member Sylvester Potts died last year, as mentioned in January 2017.
Trivia: Dennis Edwards’ daughter, Issa Pointer, was a member of her mother, Ruth Pointer’s group The Pointer Sisters.
Below are more deaths for the month of February - for the full death list: Musicians who died in 2018.