The Temptations’ Richard Street dies aged 70

Motown singer's death comes a week after bandmate Damon Harris lost his battle with cancer

The Temptations‘ Richard Street has died aged 70.

Street, who was a member of the Motown group for 25 years after joining the band in the early 1970s as Paul Williams’ replacement, passed away early yesterday morning (February 27) in Las Vegas of a pulmonary embolism.

Before joining the The Temptations, Street worked various jobs at Motown, working in the legendary record label’s quality control department, recording with his group The Monitors and filling in for an unwell Paul Williams. He became a full-time member of The Temptations in 1971, and was part of the Grammy-winning line-up that scored chart success with ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ and ‘Masterpiece’.

The Temptations notched up four dozen Top 40 hits on Billboard’s R&B chart during Street’s time in the band, which ran until 1993 when he left amid alleged tension with original member Otis Williams.

According to USA Today, Street had been ill during the past year and was close to completing an autobiography about his life and his music career. He is survived by his wife Cynthia Street, along with their two sons and two daughters.

Street’s death follows that of former bandmate Damon Harris, who died aged 62 last week (February 18). Harris, who joined the legendary soul group around the same time as Street, died at the Joseph Richey Hospice after finally losing his 14-year battle with prostate cancer.