The lead singer from the revived version of the Motown group [lastfm]The Temptations[/lastfm], died on Sunday after battling cancer. Ali-Ollie Woodson helped bring the group back to life in the 80s and 90s and kept the spirit of The Temptations fresh in fans’ memories.
Although not an original member of the group, Woodson helped keep the group alive in the 80 and 90s with the hit “Treat Her Like A Lady,” “Sail Away,” and “Lady Soul.” He replaced frontman Dennis Edwards and shares a similar fiery tone, but had a distinctive voice that kept the group from becoming just a nostalgia act.
“He had this swagger about himself. He was cool. He had a coolness about himself that was really very inviting,” commented Wilson.
He added, “He was just a star performer. Wonderful person. Wonderful, wonderful person. He was very kind.”
On his official website, the family of Woodson expressed to fans their “heartfelt and sincere thanks for all your prayers that comfort us during this difficult time” (aliolliewoodson.com).
Woodson died in California on Sunday from cancer. He was 58.