Photo added by Warrick L. Rhythm and Blues Singer. Nicknamed "blue" by friends and fellow singers because he liked everything blue. He was a member of many local singing groups in Detroit, including The Voice Masters.
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It was 25 years ago Sunday February 23rd, that Temptations co-founder Melvin Franklin died at the age of Franklin, who was the baritone voice of the Temps, had been ill for the past few years of his life, suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, among other things. Franklin and best friend Otis Williams were the only two members of the most famous line-up of the Temps remaining in the group.
David Melvin English October 12, — February 23, better known by the stage name Melvin Franklin , or his nickname "Blue" , was an American bass singer. Franklin was best known for his role as a founding member of Motown singing group The Temptations from to Taking on his stepfather's surname for his stage name as a teenager, David English—now Melvin Franklin—was a member of a number of local singing groups in Detroit, including The Voice Masters with Lamont Dozier and David Ruffin , and frequently performed with Richard Street. Franklin joined the group as its bass singer, and remained with Williams and Elbridge Bryant when they, Paul Williams , and Eddie Kendricks formed The Elgins in late He had a fondness for the color blue, and so he was nicknamed "Blue" by fellow singers. Otis and Melvin were the only founding Temptations who never left the group. One of the most famous bass singers in music over his long career, Franklin's deep vocals became one of the group's signature trademarks. Franklin was usually called upon to deliver ad-libs , harmony vocals , and, during the psychedelic soul era, notable sections of the main verses. In the late s, Franklin was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis , the symptoms of which he combated with cortisone so that he could continue performing.