Ali Ollie Woodson who led the Motown quintet the Temptations in the 1980s died on Sunday at the age of 58.

Cancer was the cause of his death. Juanita, the wife of Mr. Woodson told Billy Wilson, president of the Motown Alumni Association about the death.

Actually, Mr. Woodson was not a member of the group since its very foundation. But despite this fact he played an important role for the group.

Like in the 1960s and ’70s  the group posted hit after hit by the early 1980s. Such songs as “My Girl,” “I Wish It Would Rain” as well as “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” made the Temptations popular.

Due to some reasons original members were changed. Mr. Woodson replaced Dennis Edwards who had a voice that defined the group in the 1970s.

Due to Mr. Woodson the Temptations managed to notch the R&B hits such as “Treat Her Like a Lady.” It was written by Lady Soul and Sail Away.

Mr. Woodson was characterized by Stephen Holden as a young pop-funk singer who has an agile as well as husky voice. Also it was added that he put his playful stamp on several standards of Temptations.

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