Damon Harris, Who Sang With the Temptations, Dies at 62

February 26th, 2013

BALTIMORE (AP) — Damon Harris, who sang with the Temptations on many of their hits of the 1970s, died here on Feb. 18. He was 62.

The cause was prostate cancer, said Chuck Woodson, his cousin and a family spokesman.

Mr. Harris was a decade younger than anyone else in the Temptations when he joined in 1971, replacing Eddie Kendricks. He was the lead singer on “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” the group’s last No. 1 single, and was also heard on “Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are),” “Masterpiece” and other hits. He left in 1975.

Mr. Harris’s given name was Otis, but he used Damon as a stage name after joining the Temptations to avoid confusion with the group’s leader, Otis Williams.

He was born in Baltimore in 1950 and led a Temptations tribute group before joining the Temptations. Later in his career he recorded as a solo artist.

Mr. Woodson said that in his final years Mr. Harris established a cancer foundation and became an advocate for prostate cancer screening.

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