Richard Street, a former member of The Temptations and Motown singer, died early Wednesday morning (Feb. 27) in a Las Vegas hospitcal of a pulmonary embolism, reports CBS Detroit. He was 70.
Street served in The Temptations during the group’s prolific second heyday in the 1970s and ’80s, staying active with the vocal group through the mid-1990s. Street was the first member of the Temptations to actually be a native of Detroit; all of the previous members were born and at least partially raised in the southern United States.
Street knew The Temptations and Otis Williams, in particular, having worked for Motown in quality control and through his vocal work with The Distants and The Monitors. By the late 1960s, Street was being called upon to travel with The Temptations and sing Paul Williams’ parts from off-stage, while Paul Williams, who suffered from both alcoholism and sickle-cell disease, danced and lip-synched onstage. Street officially replaced Paul Williams in mid-1971, after both he and Eddie Kendricks left the group.
Funeral services will be held next week in Cypress, California, says Street’s widow, Cindy.
- Roberto Boschian, WOMC Detroit