Harris was also a regular guest co-host on R&B Showcase Radio Show on WBZC FM in South Jersey. Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Soon after, the group hit it big with chart-toppers such as Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (1972) and Masterpiece (1973). Don't Threaten. Wilson’s report didn’t reveal the cause of death, but Harris had been suffering from prostate cancer. Former Temptations member Damon Harris passes at 62, Hepatitis C treatment coming to Missouri prisoners, Sorors honor Kamala Harris with $19.08 campaign contributions, Jay-Z puts his ‘Monogram’ on the marijuana industry, Whitney Houston is in the billion-view YouTube club, St. Louis County, Mid-County Library - check poll hours for drop off & early voting, Teachers work two jobs for the price of one, St. Louis area hospitals set single-day record for COVID-19 admissions, St. Louis County has new voting app for Nov. 3 election to help guage lines and waiting time, Church of God in Christ Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. Will Not Seek Reelection, From Tragedy to Triumph: 19-Year-Old Entreprenuer’s challenging past motivates her to open her own eyelash and eyebrow salon, Meet the girls behind one of the hottest selling items at the Soulard Farmers Market, Tim Norman pleads not guilty in alleged murder hire plot against nephew, Public records requests made easier in STL County, In Loving Memory of Rev. The singer was diagnosed for cancer while making a comeback into the music industry. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. He left the band in 1975 and continued to sing, releasing several disco songs with his group Impact before retiring from the music scene. At the age of 47, Harris was diagnosed with prostate cancer, while making a comeback into the music industry. On Saturday May 5, 2001 South Jersey radio host Tim Marshall organized the first Damon Harris Cancer Foundation Benefit Gala held in Mount Laurel NJ. According to Otis Williams's book The Temptations, Harris was fired from the group in 1975 because of inappropriate statements he made that affected the perception of the group in the eyes of the public. For in-depth coverage, CaribbeanCommunityLive.com provides special reports, video, audio, photo galleries, and … Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion. As a teenager growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Otis Harris Jr. was a major Temptations fan, and idolized in particular the group's falsetto, Eddie Kendricks. In 1973, Harris married Christina Combs of New York City. Impact signed with Fantasy Records in 1977 and issued the album The Pac is Back, which also suffered from slow sales. The Young Tempts recorded covers of two 1966 Temptations' songs, "I've Been Good to You" (a song originally recorded by The Miracles), and "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby," for The Isley Brothers' T-Neck Records in 1970. He was only Twenty years old when he joined the group, and was the youngest member of The Temptations during his time with the group. He was 62. The Grammy-winning quintet had more than four dozen Top 40 hits on Billboard’s R&B chart. As a teenager Harris had formed a Temptations tribute band named The Young Tempts (a.k.a. James Z. McAllister, In Loving Memory of Elizabeth “LIZ” Patricia Robinson. The group disbanded and Harris recorded some solo singles of his own including 1978's "It's Music", and the album Silk. Patterning himself after Kendricks, Harris and his friends John Quinton Simms, Charles Timmons (also known as Kareem Ali, who went on to perform with Glenn Leonard's Temptations Revue), and Donald Knute Tighman, formed a Temptations-inspired vocal group during his high school years called The Young Tempts ("Tempts" being a nickname for the … He officially joined the group in 1971. From that marriage two children were born, Otis Robert Harris III (Tre) and Dominique Chris-Ann Harris.. Harris also put out an album titled “Damon Harris: Silk” in the 70s under Fantasy records; he re-released the album under his own accord in 1995. His tenure was from 1971 to 1975. Wilson’s report didn’t reveal the cause of death, but Harris had been suffering from prostate cancer. He took the place of Eddie Kendricks, one of the original lead singers of the Temptations group. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. Wilson says Harris was such an effective replacement for Kendricks, that most people did not know it was Harris’ voice on the Grammy award-winning hits “Cloud Nine,” “Psychedelic Shack,” and other 70s Temptations hits. As a teenager growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Otis Harris Jr. was a major Temptations fan, and idolized in particular the group's falsetto, Eddie Kendricks.