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R.I.P. Otis “Damon” Harris (of The Temptations)

on February 23, 2013, 12:00am

damon harris 1 R.I.P. Otis Damon Harris (of The Temptations)

Otis “Damon” Harris of The Temptations died Monday, February 18th at the age of 62. According to the Baltimore Sun, Harris lost his 14-year battle with prostate cancer. He’d been hospitalized for the past three months before being moved to the Joseph Richey Hospice in Seton Hill, MD last week, where he died.

Harris was a member of The Temptations from 1971 to 1975, joining shortly after the departure of Eddie Kendricks. Despite being the group’s youngest member, he sang lead on a number of their biggest hits, including ”Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)”, “Take a Look Around”, “Masterpiece”, and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”.

After his run with The Temptations, Harris went on to form The Young Vandals (which eventually became known as Impact). The group released two albums and scored a #5 disco hit with “Give a Broken Heart a Break”. When Impact eventually disbanded, Harris released a single solo record, entitled Silk, before retiring from the industry in 1978.

Following his diagnosis, Harris formed The Damon Harris Cancer Foundation in 2001 to raise awareness of the disease among African-American men.

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NEUTRON ASSASSIN
March 6, 2013 at 10:16 pm

BIG SHOUTOUT TO RICHARD STREET AS WELL. THEIR MUSIC LIVES FOREVER.

NEUTRON ASSASSIN
March 6, 2013 at 10:15 pm

CORRECTION FROM WHAT I RECALL..DAMON WAS IN THE YOUNG VANDALS BEFORE HE WAS WITH THE TEMPTS AND THEN I BELIEVE RETURNED TO THE GROUP AFTERWARDS UNDER THE MONIKER OF IMPACT . RECORDING ON THE ISLEY BROTHERS T-NECK BUDDHA LABEL. THE SONG “IN MY OPINION” WAS RELEASED EARLIER WITH HIM AS LEAD BEFORE HE JOINED THE TEMPTS. BIG UP TO WHAT HE GAVE US AS A SINGER AND AS A TEMPTING TEMPTATION.

M Bailey
February 25, 2013 at 11:17 am

Rest in peace, Damon! You were terrific!

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