Ali-Ollie Woodson, former lead singer of pioneering Motown quintet The Temptations, died May 30. He was 58.
According to The Associated Press, the singer, whose voice helped restore the group’s fame in the ‘80s and ‘90s, died in southern California after suffering from cancer.
Although he was not an original member of The Temptations, Woodson played a major role in maintaining the quintet’s public persona and relevancy. Some of the most popular Woodson-era hits were “Treat Her Like a Lady,” “Sail Away” and “Lady Soul,” all released between 1984-1986.
Woodson replaced Dennis Edwards, the Temptations lead singer throughout the ‘70s.
According to his Web site, Woodson was born in Detroit and began singing in church at age 4. As an adult he performed with Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Patti Austin, “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown, Lou Rawls and Bobby Womack, among others.
Later in his career he also appeared in several episodes of “Amen” and “The Jamie Fox Show” and had a small role in The Little Richard Movie.