Damon Harris

Damon Harris



Damon Harris (August 21, 1950 – February 18, 2013) was an American singer, best known as a member of the Motown group The Temptations from 1971 to 1975.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Damon Harris was one of five children born to a single mother. As a child, he sang in the choir at his church. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, but left school to pursue a career in music.

In 1971, Harris joined The Temptations, replacing former lead singer Eddie Kendricks. With Harris as lead singer, the group recorded two top ten albums, “Sky’s the Limit” and “Gettin’ Ready”, and a number of top 40 hits such as “Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)”, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, and “Masterpiece”. Harris left The Temptations in 1975 to pursue a solo career.

As a solo artist, Harris released the albums “I Remember Mr. Banks” and “Damon”. He also recorded a duet with Diana Ross, “Love On and On”. In addition, Harris performed on the stage and in television commercials. In 1982, he recorded a single with the group High Inergy, “You Can’t Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On)”, which became a top 20 hit.

In the late 1980s, Harris returned to performing with The Temptations, joining the group on tours. In addition, he was a member of the Temptations’ “Tribute to Motown” revue. He also served as a mentor to younger performers.

Harris died on February 18, 2013 at the age of 62 due to prostate cancer. He is survived by four children, two grandchildren, and his former wife.

Harris was a talented performer whose music touched the hearts of millions around the world. His place in the history of Motown music is secure, and he will be remembered for his soulful singing and strong stage presence.

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