Temptation Richard Street Dies At 70

Source: Susan Whitall / The Detroit News

One week after the death of Damon Harris in Baltimore, another former member of the Temptations has died. Richard Street, who was with the group longer than anyone but Otis Williams, died today in Las Vegas of a pulmonary embolism. He was 70.

Street’s former wife, Caldin Gill Street of the Velvelettes, the mother of their son Richard (Ricky) Street Jr., said the singer died at 6 a.m. today in a Las Vegas hospital. He and his wife, Cindy, had moved to Las Vegas a year ago.

The native Detroiter was a Temptation from 1971-93 as a full-time member, but he’d actually been with the group even earlier. He was a member of the pre-Temptations group the Distants, along with Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, but then after he left and the group morphed into the Temptations (along with the Primes) and signed to Motown, Street was brought back to understudy Paul Williams for about a year and a half.

Street was born in Detroit on Oct. 5, 1942. In the mid-’60s he was lead singer for the Monitors, who made a splash at Motown with hit songs including “Say You” and “Greetings From Uncle Sam.”

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