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Motown has lost two great entertainers;  Richard Street and Damon Harris of the mighty Temptations both passed away this week.

Otis “Damon” Harris, who joined the group in 1971 and left in 1975, died on Monday after a 14-year-long struggle with prostate cancer, family spokesman Chuck Woodson told the Baltimore Sun. He was 62. Richard Street, who was an official member of the group from 1971 to 1993, died on Wednesday of a pulmonary embolism, the Detroit Free Press reports. Street was 70.

Both Harris and Street sang on the Temptations’ final Hot 100 chart-topper, 1971’s psychedelic-soul classic “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” Harris, who was the youngest member of the Temptations when he joined, had sung in a Temptations tribute group, and he was invited into the Tempts on the condition he changed his name (to avoid confusion with co-founder Otis Williams). Street had long ties to the Temptations before joining, having sometimes filled in for singer Paul Williams.  Source

 

 

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