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05/31/2010

Ali Ollie Woodson of the Temptations dies at 58

May 31, 2010 |  4:01 pm

Ali Ollie Woodson, who led the legendary Motown quintet The Temptations in the 1980s and '90s and helped restore them to their hit-making glory with songs including "Treat Her Like A Lady," has died, a friend said. He was 58.

Woodson died Sunday in a Los Angeles hospital of complications from leukemia, according to the Motown Alumni Assn. website. Billy Wilson, the alumni group's president, said Woodson's wife, Juanita, told him about the death Sunday.

Woodson, born Oct. 12, 1951, in Detroit, was not an original member of the group, which had several lineup changes since it started in the 1960s. But he played an integral part in keeping the Temptations from becoming just a nostalgia act.

Woodson's voice helped the group notch the R&B hits "Treat Her Like A Lady," ''Sail Away," and "Lady Soul," from 1984 to 1986.

--Associated Press
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