Eighties Temptations man dies

By | Published on Tuesday 1 June 2010

Ali-Ollie Woodson, the songwriter and singer who led the eighties and nineties incarnation of The Temptations, co-writing their hit ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’, has died, aged 58. Bill Wilson, President of the Motown Alumni Association, confirmed the singer had died this weekend, after losing his fight with cancer.

Born in the hometown of The Temptations franchise, Detroit, Woodson joined the vocal group in 1984 when their fame was on the wane. His contributions to the hit ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’ – as co-writer, co-producer and vocalist – ensured the band stayed in the spotlight for another decade. He performed with the band through to 1996 with a two year break in the late eighties, and later appeared in The Temptations Revue with Dennis Edwards, who had been a key Temptation in the seventies.

After leaving The Temptations, Woodson pursued a solo career, and also toured with a Temptation-style revue show billed as Ali-Ollie Woodson & The Emperors Of Soul (named after a Motown box-set of Temptations music released during his tenure in the band). More recently he toured with Aretha Franklin.