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Temptations star Ali-Ollie Woodson, 58, dies; revived group with '80s hits

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Ali-Ollie Woodson, 58, who led the Motown quintet the Temptations in the 1980s and 1990s and helped restore them to their hit-making glory with the song "Treat Her Like a Lady," died May 30 in Southern California. He had cancer.

Mr. Woodson was not an original member of the group, which had several lineup changes since its start in the 1960s. But he played an integral part in keeping the Temptations from becoming just a nostalgia act.

By the early 1980s, the Temptations were no longer posting hit after hit as they did in the 1960s and '70s with classics such as "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," "My Girl" and "I Wish It Would Rain." The group had lost original members, and Mr. Woodson was charged with replacing Dennis Edwards, whose passionate voice defined the group during the 1970s.

Mr. Woodson's voice was distinctive, and helped the group notch the hits "Sail Away" and "Lady Soul" in the mid-1980s.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita.

-- Associated Press

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