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Eddie Kendricks

  • The Sweet Tenor and Falsetto of Eddie Kendricks Powered Many of the Temptations' Most Popular Songs

  • Like Group Co-Founder David Ruffin, Kendricks Left the Temptations to Pursue a Solo Career

  • Love Keys Was the Sole Album Kendricks Recorded for the Atlantic Label and Marked a Stylistic Shift to Southern Soul

  • Features Backing by the Muscle Shoals Horns and Production by Johnny Sandlin (Allman Brothers, Wet Willie)

  • Liner Notes and Photos

  • Worldwide CD Debut 


    Eddie Kendricks: Love Keys. CD

    Having recently released a quartet of albums by David Ruffin, Real Gone Music now turns its attention to Ruffin’s former running mate in the Temptations, Eddie Kendricks, whose mellifluous tenor and falsetto were such an integral part of the group’s sound. Kendricks began his solo journey in 1971, leaving Motown in 1977 for a two-album, two-year stint at Arista Records.  In 1981, Eddie signed with Atlantic Records for the one-off LP, Love Keys, which would be his last major label album (aside from a 1987 collaboration with fellow ex-Temptation, David Ruffin). Produced in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama by the team of Johnny Sandlin (best known for his work with Southern rock artists like the Allman Brothers, Bonnie Bramlett, Elvin Bishop, and Wet Willie) and Randy Roberts, Love Keys featured backing from the Muscle Shoals Horns and the Southern soul group the Controllers on songs written by Lou Courtney ("I'm In Need Of Love"), David Pomeranz ("Old Home Town") and Eddie's former Motown colleagues, Brian & Eddie Holland (for the track, "(Oh I) Need Your Lovin,'" a Billboard Top 50 R&B single). The album represented Eddie Kendricks’ first venture into Southern soul, and was the last charting solo set for the great soul singer, who passed away in 1992. It makes its worldwide CD debut here, with notes and added photos. A must for fans of Kendricks and the Temps, brought to you by Real Gone and SoulMusic Records!

    1. (Oh I) Need Your Lovin’

    2. I’m in Need of Love

    3. I Don’t Need Nobody Else

    4. Old Home Town

    5. Bernadette

    6. You Can’t Stop My Loving

    7. Never Alone

    8. Hot

    9. Looking for Love

    10. In Love We’re the One

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