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Edward James Kendrick was a singer and songwriter, born on 17th December 1939 in Union Springs, Alabama USA, mostly recognized for his falsetto singing style, and as the co-founder and lead singer of the Motown singing group “The Temptations”. He also had a successful solo career, and recorded several hits during the 1970s, most notably “Keep On Truckin”, which became a number-onehit. He passed away in 1992.

Have you ever wondered how rich Eddie Kendricks was? According to sources it has been estimated that Kendricks’ net worth was $5 million, accumulated through a fruitful music career which spanned nearly four decades. His later career as a solo artist resulted in equal success, which significantly added to his wealth.

Eddie Kendricks Net Worth $5 Million

Kendricks was one of five children in the family, who moved to Ensley neighborhood of Birmingham when he was a child. There he met and befriended Paul Williams with whom he began singing in the church choir in the late ‘40s. Some years later, in 1955, Kendricks and Williams, along with two other friends, formed a doo-wop group called “The Cavaliers”, and soon moved to Cleveland in search of a better musical career. The band members met future manager Milton Jenkins, and moved with him to Detroit, Michigan where they were renamed “The Primes”. The group became successful in the Detroit area, and even created a female spin-off band called “The Primettes”, who later became “The Supremes”. However, by 1961 the “The Primes” had disbanded, and Kendricks and Williams formed a new group called “The Temptations”, and soon signed to Motown. It wasn’t long before they became the most successful male group of the ‘60s, with Kendricks singing lead in his falsetto voice on numerous of the band’s famous hits, such as “Dream Come True” (1962), “The Way You Do the Things You Do”(1964), “I’ll Be in Trouble”(1964), “The Girl’s Alright With Me”(1964), “Get Ready”(1966) among many others. He also sang the lead in his natural voice on a couple of songs, including “May I Have This Dance” (1962). Eddie was responsible for creating most of the group’s vocal arrangements, served as their wardrobe manager and co-wrote several of band’s songs. In the late ‘60s, Kendricks started to grow away from the group due to a number of reasons, including his discomfort with singing in the psychedelic style they were now developing. Finally, he left the band in 1970. However, although he was already working on his first solo album, Eddie recorded one last single with “The Temptations” called “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)”, which eventually hit no.1 on the US pop charts in 1971.

Despite starting his solo career slowly, Kendricks‘s 1972 album “People…Hold On” became a cornerstone of the disco scene. He eventually reached no.1 with the pop hit “Keep on Truckin” in 1973, which sold more than a million copies and earned him a gold disc. His further hits included “Boogie Down”(1974), “Son of Sagittarius”(1974), “Shoeshine Boy”(1975) and “Intimate Friends”(1977).

Kendricks briefly re-joined “The Temptations” for a reunion tour in 1982, and recorded a Reunion album for that occasion. Kendricks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, along with his Temptations bandmates.

Privately, Kendricks was married to, who he divorced in 1975 and with whom he had a son. He had three children from different relationships. Eddie was also in brief relationships with singers Tammi Terrell and Diana Ross. Eddie died after being diagnosed with lung cancer on 5th October 1992, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

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Lovelace 2013 performer: "Keep on Truckin'"
More Than a Game 2008 Documentary performer: "Lights Camera Action!"
Everybody Hates Chris 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Barbershop 2002 performer: "Lights, Camera, Action!"
China Doll 1975 performer: "Boogie Down" - uncredited
Soul Train 1971 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

The Temptations 1998 TV Series composer - 2 episodes



The Original Leads of the Temptations 1992 Video documentary Himself
Grammy Legends 1990 TV Special Himself (as The Temptations)
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1988 TV Series Himself
Soul Train 1971-1988 TV Series documentary Himself / Guest
Lou Rawls Presents Black Gold Hits 1988 TV Movie Himself
Dancin' in the Street 1987 Video documentary Himself
Deja View 1986 Video Himself (as Eddie Kendrick)
Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid 1986 Video documentary Himself (as Eddie Kendrick)
Motown on Showtime: Temptations and Four Tops 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City 1985 Video short Himself (uncredited)
MTV Video Music Awards 1985 1985 TV Special Himself - Performer (as The Temptations)
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary Himself
Diana Ross in Concert! 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Soul Alive 1977 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1973-1976 TV Series Himself
Rock Concert 1975 TV Series Himself
The Midnight Special 1974 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1974 TV Series Himself
In Concert 1974 TV Series Himself
In Session 1974 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1967-1971 TV Series Singer
The Andy Williams Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Leslie Uggams Show 1969 TV Series Himself
TCB 1968 TV Movie Himself (as The Temptations)
Laugh-In 1968 TV Series Himself - Guest Performer
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1967 TV Series Himself
The Lloyd Thaxton Show 1966 TV Series Himself
It's What's Happening, Baby! 1965 TV Special Himself (as The Temptations)
Ready, Steady, Go! 1965 TV Series Himself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1965 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Unsung 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary Himself
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 4: Elvis & Other Rock Greats 2003 Video Himself (as The Temptions & The Supremes)
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Temptations 1998 TV Series
Smokey Robinson: The Quiet Legend 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hittimittari 1985 TV Series Himself
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever 1983 TV Movie documentary Himself (Temptations member / solo artist)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music in a Motion Picture or Miniseries The Temptations (1998)

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1 Father of Aika Kendrick, and Paul Kendrick.
2 Uncle of Jamaul Kendrick.
3 The Temptations were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
4 Is portrayed by Terron Brooks in The Temptations' 1998 TV miniseries, The Temptations (1998).
5 Disliked the "psychdelic soul" music that The Temptations began singing in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This was one of the reasons why he eventually left the group.
6 Was close, longtime friends with his fellow The Temptations singer Paul Williams. They grew up together and were in a band called the Primes before joining Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin to create The Temptations.
7 Despite knowing that he would be arrested for back child support if he returned to Michigan, he attended David Ruffin's funeral in 1991 and was arrested right after the graveside service.

1 I don't really know what a superstar is. I don't think you could ever become a superstar - they call you what they want to call you - but I don't think you could ever become a superstar because that means you have made it. You have achieved it all. I don't think I want to get that big. I don't want to blow myself out of proportion. That's too heavy a cross to bear.

1 Falsetto singing voice

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