GRAMMY Winner Richard Street Dies

Former Temptations member dies at age 70
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    The Temptations in 1974 (back row, l-r): Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin and Richard Street and (front row, l-r) Damon Harris and Dennis Edwards
February 28, 2013 -- 11:25 am PST
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GRAMMY winner Richard Street, a former member of the Temptations, died Feb. 27 in Las Vegas following a short illness. He was 70. Street joined the Temptations in the early '70s and remained with the group for more than 20 years before pursuing a solo career. During his tenure, the Temptations landed several Top 40 hits, including 1972's chart-topper "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone," which won two GRAMMYs for Best R&B Instrumental Performance and Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus at the 15th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1973. The song was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1999. Street left the Temptations in 1993. Street's death follows the recent passing of fellow former Temptations member Damon Harris, who died Feb. 18 at age 62. The Temptations were honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in early February. 

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