We are very sad to report that we've heard from some of our friends in the UK that Ali Woodson, one of our all-time favorite singers, is very ill in a California hospital.
The name Ali Woodson may not be familiar to large numbers of readers, but to those in the Soul music business he is known as one of the greatest modern singers. In a career that spans three decades, he has worked as lead singer for the Drifters and (the post-Teddy Pendergrass) Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. He has also served as guest vocalist on dozens of recordings of artists from Freda Payne to Paul Jackson, and as a backing vocalist for Whitney Houston, Rachelle Ferelle and Aretha Franklin.
However, his true coming out was as the lead singer of the Temptations from 1984-1996. Woodson wrote and sang lead on the group's biggest hit of the 80s, "Treat Her Like A Lady."
Woodson remained active after leaving the Tempts, including recording an enjoyable solo album, Right Here All Along, for Expansion Records.
Our prayers and the prayers of SoulTrackers will go out for Ali's recovery.
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Wow...I was shocked to hear this...I saw this cat perform with The Temptations many times back in the day (I am a BIG Tempts fan!) and his voice was (is) incredible. Real "down home cornbread fed old school soul" type of voice...But his upper register was absolutely beautiful too...ya know?
I wish him a speedy recovery too!
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