Historic Markers Across Alabama

Eddie James Kendrick

Marker ID:  
Location: at the intersection of 4th Avenue North By Tim Carr, March 10, 2008 2. Eddie Kendrick and the Temptations by artist Ronald Scott McDowell and 18th Street North, Birmingham, Alabama
County: Jefferson
Coordinates: N 33° 30.936    W 086° 48.636
  33.5156    -86.8106
Style: Carved Stone **
Waymark: None


Eddie James Kendrick
December 17, 1937 - October 5, 1992

Eddie James Kendrick, nicknamed "cornbread", was born the eldest of five children to Johnny and Lee Bell Kendrick in Union Springs, Alabama.

After attending Western-Olin High School in Ensley, Alabama, Eddie was persuaded by his childhood friend Paul Williams to move to Detroit, Michigan. It was there they formed a singing group called "The Primes". While in Detroit, the duo met Otis Williams of the music group "The Distants". The two groups merged forming the legendary "Temptations".

For over a decade, Eddie and the Temptations became known around the world, receiving acclaim in the music industry. After performing his last tour as a solo artist, Eddie became ill and returned home to Birmingham. Eddie James Kendrick died October 5, 1992.

His memory will forever be cherished by his children; Aika, Paris and Paul, sister; Patricia Kendrick Simpson, brothers; Charles, Clarence and Robert; his mother, father and the world.

Erected 1999.

End of Eddie James Kendrick