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Temptations Singer Ali-Ollie Woodson Dies

Former Temptations lead singer Ali-Ollie Woodson passed away over the weekend after a prolonged cancer battle, the Associated Press reports. Woodson died on Sunday, May 30th at the age of 58.
The native Detroit musician signed on with the legendary Motown act in 1984, replacing Dennis Edwards. Woodson's run with the group lasted until 1986, though he would again join the lineup two years later in 1988 and remain with the Temptations until 1996.
Woodson's contributions were an important piece of the group's history, and his songs, such as "Treat Her Like a Lady," "Sail Away" and "Lady Soul" helped bring the Temptations to a new generation of R&B fans. The singer enjoyed considerable success following his tenure with the group, and embarked on a solo career that included a tour with Aretha Franklin, a handful of acting opportunities and a solo album, Never Give Up, that was released last year.

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Who Were The Marvelettes?

The Marvelettes were formed in the late 50's by five students at Inkster High School in Michigan, U.S.A.:
Gladys Horton,
Georgeanna Marie Tillman (d. 6th January 1980),
Wanda Young,
Katherine Anderson
and Juanita Grant.
The Marvelettes were an American singing girl group on the Tamla label. Motown's first successful female vocal group, the Marvelettes are most notable for recording the company's first #1 Pop hit, "Please Mr. Postman", and for setting the precedent for later Motown girl groups such as Martha and the Vandellas and the Supremes.

The David Ruffin Story

b. David Eli Ruffin, 18th January 1941, Whynot, Mississippi, U.S.A.
d. 1st June 1991, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
David Ruffin was one of the most recognisable vocalists to have emerged from the Motown Records stable.
He was the younger brother of Jimmy Ruffin and the cousin of Melvin Franklin of The Temptations.
David was the son of a minister, and commenced his singing career with the gospel group the Dixie Nightingales.
He was also the drummer and singer in the doo-wop group the Voice Masters in 1958.
David then signed to the Anna label in Detroit as a solo artist in 1960.
His released singles at that label and on the Check-Mate imprint in 1961.
In January 1964, David replaced Eldridge Bryant as the tenor vocalist in the Temptations line-up.
The original arrangement was that he would support Eddie Kendricks as a background vocalist, however, he was soon elevated to featured vocalist on many subsequest releases.
From 1965 onwards David became the lead singer on several of the bands hits including 'My Girl'’, Wish It Would Rain', 'I'm Losing You' and 'Ain't Too Proud To Beg'.
David was becoming recognised as the lead vocalist within the group.
Motown, however, felt that some of his behaviour left a little to be desired and he lost the outright lead singer status by 1968.
It was this occurrence that led to David embarking upon a solo career, with 'My Whole World Ended', becoming a Top 10 hit in 1969.
These recordings were undertaken under the wings of producers Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol.
David also recorded with his brother, Jimmy, at the time.
Throughout the Seventies, his work with Van McKoy became highly popular, especially with his personal renaissance album ‘Who I Am’ that contained the pop smash ‘Walk Away From Love’, a huge hit both sides of the Atlantic.
In 1976, he released ‘Everything’s Coming Up Love’, an album that became highly regarded amongst soul fans in the U.K.
In 1979, he left Motown for Warner Brothers Records.
Here he recorded ‘So Soon We Change’ in 1979, that featured ‘Let Your Love Rain Down On Me’ and ‘Morning Sun Looks Blue’, an album that was to be held in high regard in the following decades.
'Gentleman Ruffin' followed in 1980.
In the early 80's David was briefly jailed for tax evasion, however a Temptations reunion in 1982 brought him back into contact with Eddie Kendricks.
Following this liaison, Ruffin and Kendricks established a regular partnership.
They were showcased in a prestigious concert at New York's Apollo by long-time Temptations fans, Hall And Oates, which was captured on a 1985 live album, and Ruffin and Kendricks also joined the rock duo at the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia.
They subsequently recorded a well-received album of duets for RCA which revived memories of their vocal collaborations with the Temptations two decades earlier.
The pairing also released one album in 1987, simply, entitled ‘Ruffin And Kendricks’, which contained the modern soul tunes, ’I Couldn’t Believe It’ and ‘Don’t Know Why You’re Dreamin’, produced by Ronnie McNeir.
David recorded with Ian Levine's Motor City label in 1990, a stint including 'Hurt The One You Love' and toured with Eddie Kendricks and Dennis Edwards as 'Tribute To The Temptation's on a package tour in 1991.
A few weeks after the last performance David Ruffin died in tragic circumstances following an overdose of crack cocaine.