Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Dennis Edwards of the Temptations will talk about what it took to make it in Motown

CLEVELAND (July 15, 2010) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a Hall of Fame Series with inductee Dennis Edwards of the Temptations on Friday, July 30 at 1 p.m. in the Museum’s Foster Theater.

Edwards will be interviewed by the Rock Hall’s Director of Education Jason Hanley. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the interview. This event is free with a reservation.  Please email edu@rockhall.org or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP. This event will be live streamed on rockhall.com.

Edwards was the first new Temptation to enter the group after their "classic five" heyday, when he replaced David Ruffin as lead singer in July 1968. With his rougher gospel-hewn vocals, Edwards led the group through its psychedelic, funk, and disco periods; two of the Temptations songs he appears on, “Cloud Nine” (1968) and “Papa Was a Rollin' Stone” (1972), won Grammy Awards. Edwards was the lead singer on other Temptations hits including “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Ball of Confusion” and “Psychedelic Shack.” With Edwards, the group became one of the most successful Motown groups.

In 1984 Motown re-launched Edwards' solo career, and he had a hit with the single “Don't Look Any Further.”  Edwards later received seven Grammy Awards, 14 gold Records, sold over 100 million recordings worldwide and was inducted with the Temptations into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. He is also a member of the Alabama Hall of Fame and performed in Washington D.C. for the 2009 Inaugural Ball for President Obama. Edward’s television credits include guest appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Motown’s 25th Anniversary, PBS Soul to Soul special, Feed the Children and more.

This Hall of Fame Series event coincides with the Museum’s Rock and Roll Night School program on Wednesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. in the Foster Theater. The class, titled “Hitsville, U.S.A.: The Story of Motown 1964-1967,” will examine the rising chart dominance of Motown’s hit factory during the mid-1960s.  Special attention will be paid to songs by Hall of Fame Inductees the Temptations, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha and the Vandellas, and the Supremes, while also uncovering some of the lost treasures of Motown’s deep catalog. This program is free and open to the public with no reservation required; it will also be streamed live on rockhall.com.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has FREE educational offerings year round. Additional education programs include Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits, which gives the audience a look at the talented people who work with the artists and bands we have come to know and love. For more information on the Hall of Fame Series, Rock and Roll Night School and other Rock Hall educational programs, visit www.rockhall.com.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit www.rockhall.com.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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