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Temptations Singer Otis ‘Damon’ Harris Dies at 62

Temptations Singer Otis 'Damon' Harris Dead at 62
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Otis “Damon” Harris, a singer with the Temptations who joined the group in the 1970s, died on Monday at the age of 62, the Baltimore Sun reports. A family spokesman told the paper that Harris had been fighting prostate cancer for 14 years.

Harris grew up in Baltimore and was a fan of the Temptations as a teenager. Along with three high school friends, he formed a Temptations cover band called the Young Tempts, which changed its name to the Young Vandals after releasing their first singles on the Isley Brothers’ T-Neck label. In 1971, he auditioned to join his idols when one of the original lead singers, Eddie Kendricks, left the band. Since the group already had one Otis in founding member Otis Williams, Harris changed his first name to Damon.

Harris sang lead vocals on several Temptations hits, including Papa Was a Rollin‘ Stone, Take a Look Around and Masterpiece. The group won three Grammy awards with Harris on board as first tenor.

 

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