On their February 27th premiere, the Temptations were once again featured on TVOne’s Unsung. And once again, it was not the band that would be the main story, but one of its members.
That night, the story of Eddie Kendricks was featured on the hit TVOne channel. He is the second member after David Ruffin, to have his story featured. And like Ruffin, Kendricks is known more as a member of the Temptations, than as a solo artist (which he became in the 1970s). And with that, many aspects of Kendricks’s history with the Temptations were featured in the episode, including the fact he was one of the co-founders of the group, and of course there were the hits, of which Kendricks sang lead on including “Get Ready”, “I Can’t Get Next to You”, and “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)”.
But of course, the episode wouldn’t be complete without the mentioning of Kendricks’s solo career, which included his number one hit “Keep on Truckin”. Also mentioned were some facts on his personal life, including a few failed relationships, and his death from cancer in 1992. But above all, the episode on Unsung showed just how much of a part of music history Eddie Kendricks have became, whether as a member of the Temptations, or as a solo artist.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Eddie Kendricks, inducted (as member of the Temptations) in 1989.