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Eddie Kendricks Net Worth

Edward James Kendrick net worth is

$5 Million

Edward James Kendrick Wiki Biography

Edward James Kendrick was a singer and songwriter, born on 17th December 1939 in Union Springs, Alabama USA, mostly recognized for his falsetto singing style, and as the co-founder and lead singer of the Motown singing group “The Temptations”. He also had a successful solo career, and recorded several hits during the 1970s, most notably “Keep On Truckin”, which became a number-onehit. He passed away in 1992.

Have you ever wondered how rich Eddie Kendricks was? According to sources it has been estimated that Kendricks’ net worth was $5 million, accumulated through a fruitful music career which spanned nearly four decades. His later career as a solo artist resulted in equal success, which significantly added to his wealth.

Eddie Kendricks Net Worth $5 Million

Kendricks was one of five children in the family, who moved to Ensley neighborhood of Birmingham when he was a child. There he met and befriended Paul Williams with whom he began singing in the church choir in the late ‘40s. Some years later, in 1955, Kendricks and Williams, along with two other friends, formed a doo-wop group called “The Cavaliers”, and soon moved to Cleveland in search of a better musical career. The band members met future manager Milton Jenkins, and moved with him to Detroit, Michigan where they were renamed “The Primes”. The group became successful in the Detroit area, and even created a female spin-off band called “The Primettes”, who later became “The Supremes”. However, by 1961 the “The Primes” had disbanded, and Kendricks and Williams formed a new group called “The Temptations”, and soon signed to Motown. It wasn’t long before they became the most successful male group of the ‘60s, with Kendricks singing lead in his falsetto voice on numerous of the band’s famous hits, such as “Dream Come True” (1962), “The Way You Do the Things You Do”(1964), “I’ll Be in Trouble”(1964), “The Girl’s Alright With Me”(1964), “Get Ready”(1966) among many others. He also sang the lead in his natural voice on a couple of songs, including “May I Have This Dance” (1962). Eddie was responsible for creating most of the group’s vocal arrangements, served as their wardrobe manager and co-wrote several of band’s songs. In the late ‘60s, Kendricks started to grow away from the group due to a number of reasons, including his discomfort with singing in the psychedelic style they were now developing. Finally, he left the band in 1970. However, although he was already working on his first solo album, Eddie recorded one last single with “The Temptations” called “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)”, which eventually hit no.1 on the US pop charts in 1971.

Despite starting his solo career slowly, Kendricks‘s 1972 album “People…Hold On” became a cornerstone of the disco scene. He eventually reached no.1 with the pop hit “Keep on Truckin” in 1973, which sold more than a million copies and earned him a gold disc. His further hits included “Boogie Down”(1974), “Son of Sagittarius”(1974), “Shoeshine Boy”(1975) and “Intimate Friends”(1977).

Kendricks briefly re-joined “The Temptations” for a reunion tour in 1982, and recorded a Reunion album for that occasion. Kendricks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, along with his Temptations bandmates.

Privately, Kendricks was married to, who he divorced in 1975 and with whom he had a son. He had three children from different relationships. Eddie was also in brief relationships with singers Tammi Terrell and Diana Ross. Eddie died after being diagnosed with lung cancer on 5th October 1992, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

Net Worth $5 Million
Date Of Birth December 17, 1939
Died 1992-10-05
Place Of Birth Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Height 1.86 m
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Patricia Kendrick
Children Parris Kendrick, Aika Kendrick, Paul Kendrick
Parents Lee Bell Kendrick, Johnny Kendrick
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0447704
Allmusic http://www.allmusic.com/artist/eddie-kendricks-mn0000170211
Albums People … Hold On 1972 Ruffin & Kendrick 1988 Goin’ Up in Smoke 1976 He’s a Friend 1976 All by Myself 1971
# Trademark
1 Falsetto singing voice
# Quote
1 I don’t really know what a superstar is. I don’t think you could ever become a superstar – they call you what they want to call you – but I don’t think you could ever become a superstar because that means you have made it. You have achieved it all. I don’t think I want to get that big. I don’t want to blow myself out of proportion. That’s too heavy a cross to bear.


Title Year Status Character
Lovelace 2013 performer: “Keep on Truckin'”
More Than a Game 2008 Documentary performer: “Lights Camera Action!”
Everybody Hates Chris 2007 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Barbershop 2002 performer: “Lights, Camera, Action!”
China Doll 1975 performer: “Boogie Down” – uncredited
Soul Train 1971 TV Series documentary performer – 1 episode

Music Department

Title Year Status Character
The Temptations 1998 TV Series composer – 2 episodes


Title Year Status Character
The Original Leads of the Temptations 1992 Video documentary Himself
Grammy Legends 1990 TV Special Himself (as The Temptations)
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1988 TV Series Himself
Soul Train 1971-1988 TV Series documentary Himself / Guest
Lou Rawls Presents Black Gold Hits 1988 TV Movie Himself
Dancin’ in the Street 1987 Video documentary Himself
Deja View 1986 Video Himself (as Eddie Kendrick)
Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid 1986 Video documentary Himself (as Eddie Kendrick)
Motown on Showtime: Temptations and Four Tops 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City 1985 Video short Himself (uncredited)
MTV Video Music Awards 1985 1985 TV Special Himself – Performer (as The Temptations)
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary Himself
Diana Ross in Concert! 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself – Audience Member (uncredited)
Soul Alive 1977 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1973-1976 TV Series Himself
Rock Concert 1975 TV Series Himself
The Midnight Special 1974 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1974 TV Series Himself
In Concert 1974 TV Series Himself
In Session 1974 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1967-1971 TV Series Singer
The Andy Williams Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Leslie Uggams Show 1969 TV Series Himself
TCB 1968 TV Movie Himself (as The Temptations)
Laugh-In 1968 TV Series Himself – Guest Performer
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1967 TV Series Himself
The Lloyd Thaxton Show 1966 TV Series Himself
It’s What’s Happening, Baby! 1965 TV Special Himself (as The Temptations)
Ready, Steady, Go! 1965 TV Series Himself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1965 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1999 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music in a Motion Picture or Miniseries The Temptations (1998)

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