Otis “Damon” Harris of The Temptations has died at the age of 62. MSN.com has the story on Feb. 23. He died Monday at the Joseph Richey Hospice in Baltimore after battling prostate cancer for 14 years. Harris was with the Temptations from 1970 to 1975.
At age 21, Harris joined “The Temptations,” adding his voice to their distinctive R & B sound after Eddie Kendricks, an original member, left the group. Some of the group’s biggest hits feature Otis “Damon” Harris on the lead. “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” won three Grammy Awards for the group. He sang lead on “Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are),” “Take a Look Around” and “Masterpiece.”
After he left The Temptations in 1975, during the height of the disco craze, Otis "Damon" Harris recorded some disco songs with his group Impact and later retired.
He had his own foundation for prostate cancer awareness among African-American men, The Damon Harris Cancer Foundation, which he founded in 2001.