On this day in Alabama history: The Temptations topped charts with ‘Just My Imagination’

On this day in Alabama history: The Temptations topped charts with ‘Just My Imagination’
Paul Williams, David Ruffin, Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin and Eddie Kendricks of the R&B group 'The Temptations' perform onstage at the Apollo Theater in 1964 in New York City. (Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

April 10, 1971

The Temptations spent a second week at No. 1 with their biggest hit, “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me).” The song topped both the R&B and the pop charts during its run. Lead vocals were sung by Alabama’s own Eddie Kendricks, who was a member of the Temptations from 1960 until 1971 when he left the R&B group for a solo career. Kendrick was born in Union Springs but later moved with his family to Birmingham. The Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. A longtime heavy smoker, Kendricks died of lung cancer on Oct. 5, 1992, in Birmingham and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

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