Eddie Kendricks was an American singer and songwriter signed to Motown throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
Well-known for his distinctive falsetto singing style, Eddie co-founded the Motown singing group The Temptations and was one of their lead singers from 1960 until 1971. He had lead on some of their most successful songs, often romantic ballads, but was uncomfortable with singing the psychedelic style that their producer Norman Whitfield was crafting for the group towards the end of the 1960s. His friend Paul Williams was often too ill to perform with the group and Eddie often found himself at odds with bandmates Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin. As he grew away from the group, he began to rekindle his friendship with ex-Temptation David Ruffin, who convinced him to leave.
He left the group in 1971 and signed a solo deal with Motown. He enjoyed a successful solo career throughout the 1970s but was frustrated by a lack of financial and creative control at Motown, so left the company in 1978.
He went on to reunite with The Temptations in the 1980s, and with David Ruffin (recording a duet album) and even worked with musicians Daryl Hall & John Oates. By 1989, Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards had also been fired from the group, and Eddie, David and Dennis decided to tour and record as “Ruffin/Kendrick/Edwards, Former Leads of The Temptations.” Eddie died of lung cancer in 1992.