Otis ‘Damon’ Harris, Former Temptation, Dies

The lead singer of "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" died this week; he was 62 years old.

Otis “Damon” Harris, a former member of the Temptations, lost his long battle with prostate cancer this week, reports Billboard. He was 62.

Born in 1950, Harris joined Motown hitmakers The Temptations at age 21 in 1971 after a stint in a Temptations cover band called the Young Tempts with high school friends. The young musician, who sang lead on the Temptations’ Grammy-winning Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” in 1972, was in the group until 1975.

Harris went on to release two albums with his childhood friends in the group Impact, which produced the singles “Happy Man” and “Give A Broken Heart A Break.” Harris followed his time in Impact with a solo album, 1978’s “Silk,” before choosing to leave the music industry.

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