The Temptations' Richard Street dies

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 February 2013
The Temptations in 1975

The Temptations in 1975

Richard Street from legendary Motown funk group The Temptations has passed away in Las Vegas just weeks after the band were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

The Temptations singer Richard Street has died aged 70.

The Motown star - who found fame with the band in the 70s and 80s - passed away early on Wednesday morning (27.02.13) from a pulmonary embolism in a Las Vegas hospital, according to his wife Cindy.

She said her husband "was a really good person" and hoped his work in the funk/soul group would be remembered.

The Temptations, best known for hits such as 'My Girl' and 'Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)', originally formed in the 1960s and the band has been through numerous line-up changes during its five-decade long career.

Although he had a long history with the band, singing with Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin in 1950s group The Distants, Richard officially joined The Temptations in 1971. He would stay with the band for over 20 years being an integral member during their successful psychedelic period when they released their seminal single 'Papa Was a Rollin' Stone'.

Richard left the group in 1992 when he and Otis had a falling out.

Shortly before his death, the influential Motown band were honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards 2013.

Richard's death follows the passing of Damon Harris on February 18. Both singers joined The Temptations at the same time in 1971, with Harris leaving just four years later.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be confirmed, but services are expected to be held in Cypress, California next week.

Richard is survived by Cindy and his four children.

The Four Tops and The Temptations

A double-bill of Motown veterans. Few of the original members survive (with The Temptations alone having had at least 20 different members pass through their ranks over the years), but the songs – from 'Get Ready' to 'Reach Out I'll Be There' – most certainly do.

Birmingham Arena

Thu 22 Nov

£40–£47.50 / 0871 945 6000

Bournemouth International Centre

Wed 28 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 576 3000

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Mon 26 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01702 351135

Also at:

Post a comment