Happy Belated Birthday to Eddie! Sorry to have missed his day! Here's an article on found on Eddie:
Eddie Kendrick: once again, he's doing fine on cloud nine April 6, 1986
BY CAROL TEEGARDIN Free Press staff writer
Eddie Kendrick, 46, has faced some setbacks since he left the Temptations in the early 1970s. He's been in and out of court with his ex-wife, Patricia. For a while, he was ignored by the record industry. He's been moving around the country so much he hasn't been able to keep a permanent address. But Kendrick held on. He never lost his sense of humor, he took the bothersome "s" off the end of his last name, and he recently released an album with former Temptation David Ruffin.
DETROIT: We're hearing the Kendrick sound again. Did it ever really go away?
KENDRICK: I guess you could say I was white-balled by the record industry for a while. Some people said I lost my voice, so I couldn't get picked up by any of the record companies. Except for a tour (in the early '80s) with the Temptations, I didn't do anything except benefits. But I'm back now.
DETROIT: What brought you back?
KENDRICK: Daryl Hall and John Oates. They called and asked me to perform for the United Negro College Fund at the Apollo Theater in New York last summer, and after I did that people realized I hadn't lost my voice.
DETROIT: Is your new album with Ruffin a prelude to more joint efforts, or do you want to do more solo work?
KENDRICK: Yeah, we'll do a duo again, and yeah, I'll do more solo work. I want to do more of everything.
DETROIT: How did you hook up with Hall and Oates?
KENDRICK: We (Temptations) knew them in 1966. Hall and Oates called themselves The Temptones, and we used to give them advice. When they became Hall and Oates, I didn't know who they were. Hall called me at my mom's one day and said he wanted me to do the Apollo job.
DETROIT: The Temptations came back together for the "Reunion" album and tour. Will it happen again?
KENDRICK: I was with the Temptations in Washington, D.C., recently. They were playing for a fight card. I took my daughter (Aika, 8) to see them and I got up on stage to sing. To tell you the truth, it was nice, but I wouldn't want to do it permanently...There would have to be different business tactics.
DETROIT: What about the recent books suggesting that Motown exploited its performers, and that Berry Gordy Jr. left a lot of talented people out in the cold when he moved the company to L.A.?
KENDRICK: I'm sure a lot of that happened. At first, they seemingly cared personally for most of the performers, and then all of a sudden it became a big company and you were on your own. I don't know about the financial part because I haven't gotten royalties from Motown since 1971. I sold all my rights. When I left, I just left. As far as Gordy goes, I didn't get along very well with him and I don't know why. Some things are better left unsaid.
DETROIT: Pop music today seems to rely on a lot of special effects. Do the they hurt the music?
KENDRICK: Special effects knocked out the bands, put the horn players in mothballs and took the drummer out of the game. The pop musicians have one machine that will play everything. It's computer music, and it knocks a lot of people out of work.
DETROIT: The Temptation walk -- whose idea was that bit of choreography?
KENDRICK: A group in the '50s called the Flamingos thought it up, and it's easy once you get the rhythm. As you can see, nothing is new. Everything out there has been done before. Now Billy Ocean is doing it.
DETROIT: At least two of your recent appearances in Detroit were unpleasant, with court hearings and impounded earnings stemming from a longtime alimony fight. When will that be over?
KENDRICK: I thought it was all over, but I just found out that I have to come to Detroit to court again. They want money. They say I got it from Motown, but that's not true. Someone promised her that money. I don't know who, but somebody's gonna have to give it to her and it's not going to be me. The three houses and all the money she's gotten so far is enough. I'm not Elvis Presley!
DETROIT: It's said that you recommended Diana Ross as a potential Supreme when she was just a skinny kid in the projects. Do you keep in touch?
KENDRICK: I encouraged her to go on with her career, but I can't get in touch with Diana Ross now. I can't get near her, but that doesn't bother me. I'm happy she's successful. I don't hold any grudges.
DETROIT: Last, but not least: What's your favorite Temptations song?
ANSWER: "My Girl." What else?
"He makes his mark on your mind and engraves his signature on your heart. David is deep."- Marvin Gaye
When Chris Arnold of Dennis Edwards and the Temptation Review hit the first note of "CAN I have a talk with youuuuuu?... CAN I make a dream come true....... OH Can I, be in Love With You?... 'Cause I iiiiiiiiIIIIIII WOULD IF I COULD.....
People, I kid you not - I almost started crying (this was in Homewood, IL /Chicago suburb). There were TEARS in peoples eyes..... THAT IS THE MAGNITUDE of SPIRIT OF EDDIE KENDRICK on that tune... Rest in Peace (((Brother Eddie Kendrick))) THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER.....EXT