RICHARD STREET Chanteur des Temptations nous a quiité

Richard Street

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Richard Street

Richard Street (top right)
Background information
Birth name Richard Allen Street
Born October 5, 1942
Detroit, MichiganUnited States
Died February 27, 2013 (aged 70)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Genres R&Bpopsouldisco
Occupations Singerdancersongwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1959–2013
Labels Warwick, MotownAtlantic
Associated acts The Distants, The Temptations,The Monitors

Richard Allen Street (October 5, 1942 – February 27, 2013) was an American soul and R&B singer, most notable as a member of Motown vocal group The Temptations from 1971 to 1993. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Street was the first member of the Temptations to actually be a native of the city which served as Motown’s namesake and hometown; all of the previous members were born and at least partially raised in the southern United States.




[edit]Otis Williams & the Distants

Street was the lead singer of an early Temptations predecessor, Otis Williams & the Distants, and takes the spotlight on their local hit “Come On”. The Distants also included future Temptations Otis WilliamsMelvin Franklin, and Elbridge “Al” Bryant, who left The Distants and their record deal with Johnnie Mae Matthews‘ Northern Records to form The Elgins (later The Temptations) with Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams. After their departure, Matthews had Street briefly lead a new Distants group in the early 1960s.

[edit]The Monitors

During the mid-1960s, Street performed with a Motown act called The Monitors, who had only one minor hit, 1966’s “Greetings (This is Uncle Sam)”, to its name.

[edit]The Temptations

Street knew the Temptations and Otis Williams, in particular, having worked for Motown in quality control and through his vocal work with the Distants and the Monitors. By the late-1960s, Street was being called upon to travel with The Temptations and sing Paul Williams’ parts from off-stage, while Paul Williams, who suffered from both alcoholism and sickle-cell disease, danced and lip-synched onstage. Street officially replaced Paul Williams in mid-1971, after both he and Eddie Kendricks left the group.

A number of the Temptations’ best-selling hits feature Street’s lead vocals, including “Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)” (1971), “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” (1972), “Masterpiece” (1973), and his featured solo, “Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)” (1973). Street and Damon Harris traded leads on “1990”s tune “Heavenly.” He and old Distants bandmates Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin endured a number of lineup changes over the two decades Street was a Temptation, during which time Dennis EdwardsRicky OwensDamon Harris, Glenn Leonard, Louis Price, Ron Tyson, and Ali-Ollie Woodson all served as members of the group at various times.

In 1998, NBC aired The Temptations, a four-hour television miniseries based upon an autobiographical book by Otis Williams. Street was portrayed by actor J. August Richards.

[edit]Departure from The Temptations

According to Street’s own website, he left the group after the “family feeling” of the Temptations deteriorated. In 1993, Street entered the hospital to have seventeen kidney stones removed. Group leader Otis Williams was not informed of Street’s condition, and an angry Williams called Street, demanding to know why he missed his last performance. Street felt that Williams seemed to show a lack of concern, and decided to move on.

[edit]Solo work

Street continued to tour and perform as a solo artist. At times, he performed as a duo with former Temptations bandmate Damon Harris, who had joined the group at about the same time he did. Street was honored with a New Jersey State Senate Proclamation on May 11, 2002, for his charitable works at a Mount Laurel, NJ benefit for Cancer. The event was presented by R&B Showcase Magazine. Entertainers including Ms. Marilyn Marshall and MTV’s “Making The Band” finalists LMNT paid tribute to Richard Street.

[edit]Personal life

Street was married to The Velvelettes‘ lead singer Carolyn “Cal” Gill from 1969 to 1983. They have one son, Richard, Jr. Street also has three children from additional relationships named Brandi Chapman, Januari Street, and Brandon Street.

According to his website, Street was in the process of writing a book regarding his time with The Temptations entitled Ball of Confusion (referring to the Temptations song “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today)“, which Street did not appear on as he joined The Temptations in 1971, the year after it was released). If it is published, it will be the second autobiographical account of The Temptations, the first being Otis Williams’ book Temptations book from 1988.


Richard Street died on February 27, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada[1] of a pulmonary embolism.[2] His death came one week and two days after fellow former Temptation Damon Harris‘s demise. [2]


  1. ^ “Temptations’ Richard Street dies at 70”. Retrieved 2013-02-27.(subscription required)
  2. a b “Temptations’ Richard Street dies”USA Today. Retrieved 2013-02-27.

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  • Pre-Temptations: Kel Osbourne
  • Wiley Waller
  • James “Pee-Wee” Crawford
  • Vernon Plain
  • Arthur Walton
  • Albert “Mooch” Harrell
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(US/UK Top 10)
  • The Temptations: Live in Concert
  • 20th Century Masters: The Best of the Temptations
  • Get Ready: The Definitive Live Performances – 1965-1972
  • The Temptations: Live in London
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