Eddie Kendricks Net Worth

Eddie Kendricks Net Worth 2024: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Edward James Kendrick net worth is
$5 Million

Edward James Kendrick Wiki Biography

Edward James Kendrick was a singer and songwriter, born on 17th December 1939 in Union Springs, Alabama USA, mostly recognized for his falsetto singing style, and as the co-founder and lead singer of the Motown singing group “The Temptations”. He also had a successful solo career, and recorded several hits during the 1970s, most notably “Keep On Truckin”, which became a number-onehit. He passed away in 1992.

Have you ever wondered how rich Eddie Kendricks was? According to sources it has been estimated that Kendricks’ net worth was $5 million, accumulated through a fruitful music career which spanned nearly four decades. His later career as a solo artist resulted in equal success, which significantly added to his wealth.

Eddie Kendricks Net Worth $5 Million

Kendricks was one of five children in the family, who moved to Ensley neighborhood of Birmingham when he was a child. There he met and befriended Paul Williams with whom he began singing in the church choir in the late ‘40s. Some years later, in 1955, Kendricks and Williams, along with two other friends, formed a doo-wop group called “The Cavaliers”, and soon moved to Cleveland in search of a better musical career. The band members met future manager Milton Jenkins, and moved with him to Detroit, Michigan where they were renamed “The Primes”. The group became successful in the Detroit area, and even created a female spin-off band called “The Primettes”, who later became “The Supremes”. However, by 1961 the “The Primes” had disbanded, and Kendricks and Williams formed a new group called “The Temptations”, and soon signed to Motown. It wasn’t long before they became the most successful male group of the ‘60s, with Kendricks singing lead in his falsetto voice on numerous of the band’s famous hits, such as “Dream Come True” (1962), “The Way You Do the Things You Do”(1964), “I’ll Be in Trouble”(1964), “The Girl’s Alright With Me”(1964), “Get Ready”(1966) among many others. He also sang the lead in his natural voice on a couple of songs, including “May I Have This Dance” (1962). Eddie was responsible for creating most of the group’s vocal arrangements, served as their wardrobe manager and co-wrote several of band’s songs. In the late ‘60s, Kendricks started to grow away from the group due to a number of reasons, including his discomfort with singing in the psychedelic style they were now developing. Finally, he left the band in 1970. However, although he was already working on his first solo album, Eddie recorded one last single with “The Temptations” called “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)”, which eventually hit no.1 on the US pop charts in 1971.

Despite starting his solo career slowly, Kendricks‘s 1972 album “People…Hold On” became a cornerstone of the disco scene. He eventually reached no.1 with the pop hit “Keep on Truckin” in 1973, which sold more than a million copies and earned him a gold disc. His further hits included “Boogie Down”(1974), “Son of Sagittarius”(1974), “Shoeshine Boy”(1975) and “Intimate Friends”(1977).

Kendricks briefly re-joined “The Temptations” for a reunion tour in 1982, and recorded a Reunion album for that occasion. Kendricks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, along with his Temptations bandmates.

Privately, Kendricks was married to, who he divorced in 1975 and with whom he had a son. He had three children from different relationships. Eddie was also in brief relationships with singers Tammi Terrell and Diana Ross. Eddie died after being diagnosed with lung cancer on 5th October 1992, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

Full NameEddie Kendricks
Net Worth$5 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 17, 1939
Place Of BirthBirmingham, Alabama, United States
Height1.86 m
ProfessionSinger, Songwriter
SpousePatricia Kendrick
ChildrenParris Kendrick, Aika Kendrick, Paul Kendrick
ParentsLee Bell Kendrick, Johnny Kendrick
AlbumsPeople ... Hold On 1972 Ruffin & Kendrick 1988 Goin' Up in Smoke 1976 He's a Friend 1976 All by Myself 1971
NominationsGrammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
MoviesDancin' in the Street
1Falsetto singing voice
1I don't really know what a superstar is. I don't think you could ever become a superstar - they call you what they want to call you - but I don't think you could ever become a superstar because that means you have made it. You have achieved it all. I don't think I want to get that big. I don't want to blow myself out of proportion. That's too heavy a cross to bear.
1Father of Aika Kendrick, and Paul Kendrick.
2Uncle of Jamaul Kendrick.
3The Temptations were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
4Is portrayed by Terron Brooks in The Temptations' 1998 TV miniseries, The Temptations (1998).
5Disliked the "psychdelic soul" music that The Temptations began singing in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This was one of the reasons why he eventually left the group.
6Was close, longtime friends with his fellow The Temptations singer Paul Williams. They grew up together and were in a band called the Primes before joining Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin to create The Temptations.
7Despite knowing that he would be arrested for back child support if he returned to Michigan, he attended David Ruffin's funeral in 1991 and was arrested right after the graveside service.


Lovelace2013performer: "Keep on Truckin'"
More Than a Game2008Documentary performer: "Lights Camera Action!"
Everybody Hates Chris2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Barbershop2002performer: "Lights, Camera, Action!"
China Doll1975performer: "Boogie Down" - uncredited
Soul Train1971TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode

Music Department

The Temptations1998TV Series composer - 2 episodes


The Original Leads of the Temptations1992Video documentaryHimself
Grammy Legends1990TV SpecialHimself (as The Temptations)
Ebony/Jet Showcase1988TV SeriesHimself
Soul Train1971-1988TV Series documentaryHimself / Guest
Lou Rawls Presents Black Gold Hits1988TV MovieHimself
Dancin' in the Street1987Video documentaryHimself
Deja View1986VideoHimself (as Eddie Kendrick)
Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid1986Video documentaryHimself (as Eddie Kendrick)
Motown on Showtime: Temptations and Four Tops1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City1985Video shortHimself (uncredited)
MTV Video Music Awards 19851985TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as The Temptations)
Live Aid1985TV Special documentaryHimself
Diana Ross in Concert!1979TV Movie documentaryHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Soul Alive1977TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651973-1976TV SeriesHimself
Rock Concert1975TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1974TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1974TV SeriesHimself
In Concert1974TV SeriesHimself
In Session1974TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1967-1971TV SeriesSinger
The Andy Williams Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Leslie Uggams Show1969TV SeriesHimself
TCB1968TV MovieHimself (as The Temptations)
Laugh-In1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest Performer
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1967TV SeriesHimself
The Lloyd Thaxton Show1966TV SeriesHimself
It's What's Happening, Baby!1965TV SpecialHimself (as The Temptations)
Ready, Steady, Go!1965TV SeriesHimself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1965TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Unsung2013TV Series documentaryHimself
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentaryHimself
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 4: Elvis & Other Rock Greats2003VideoHimself (as The Temptions & The Supremes)
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Temptations1998TV Series
Smokey Robinson: The Quiet Legend1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hittimittari1985TV SeriesHimself
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever1983TV Movie documentaryHimself (Temptations member / solo artist)

Nominated Awards

1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesThe Temptations (1998)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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