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Temptations' Ali-Ollie Woodson: Dead at 58

Temptations' Ali-Ollie Woodson: Dead at 58

Ali “Ollie” Woodson, former lead singer of The Temptations, died after battling cancer on Sunday (May 30) in southern California.

The 58-year-old co-wrote, co-produced and sang lead on the 1984 Temptations single “Treat Her Like a Lady.”

Ollie was not an original member of the group but sang lead from 1984 to 1986, and from 1988 to 1996.

In late 2008, Ollie was diagnosed with leukemia and hospitalized for several weeks.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. RIP!

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25 Responses to “Temptations' Ali-Ollie Woodson: Dead at 58”

  1. 1
    LOL Says:


  2. 2
    rhoda Says:


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    Sad news Says:

    And the list goes on !
    I so love the Temptations.

  4. 4
    the truth Says:

    Love the temptation for years.RiP

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    Bruna Says:

    Rest In Peace man.

  6. 6
    Di Says:


    Thanks your music.

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    ivanka Says:

    they always go in trios.. so sad:(

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    Hanna Says:

    R.I.P : (

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    Courtney Says:

    actually this would be the fourth death in less than a week not the third Art Linkletter died last wesnesday then Gary Coleman friday Dennis Hopper saturday morning and Ollie yesterday

    love the temptations and anything motown infact so sad to hear this I didn’t even know he’d been sick

  10. 10
    Iffy Miffy Says:

    Thank you for the music, it’ll live on! R.I.P!

  11. 11
    spanky Says:

    one of the greastest groups of all time
    thanks for the really great music….ollie

  12. 12
    Autumn Says:

    What is going on? Too many deaths lately.

    Sorry to his family and friends. RIP.

  13. 13
    Donovan Says:

    Seems like people or more precisely celebrities always die in packs.

  14. 14
    Halli Says:

    Damn. Death always comes in three.

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    Lynn Says:

    RIP Mr. Woodson!! You will be missed. Deepest condolences to your family members and loved ones.

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    um Says:

    He’.s more like my dad’s generation but I love the mini series The Temptations. It’s was facinating. I learned to like their music. RIP

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    happy girl Says:

    RIP. My Girl – one of my fave songs.

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    happy girl Says:

    Jared: Ollie was not part of the original line-up of The Temptations. He joined the group in 1984 and did not perform with them after 1996 so he was not the one who sang My Girl, etc the original version – just FYI. But RIP to him.

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    Ella Says:

    Deepest condolences to the departed,

    Many fine artist passed away lately :(

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    JJ Says:

    I’m seeing more black men die before age 60 than a little bit. It’s a shame because a lot of them look fairly youthful, but they are plagued with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and prostate cancer. It seems like in my life, those things are so common. I know so many who are in bad health at such a young age. I know everybody needs to take care of themselves, but I’ve really noticed that black men tend to die younger.

    Art Linkletter was old, so he had a good full life. If you make it at least to your seventies, that’s pretty good. Dennis Hopper was very lucky to do that with all the abuse he had done to his body. He was still sorta handsome too.

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    Aquarianquetie Says:

    I’m very surprised to see read about Mr. Woodson’s passing on THIS blog. Regardless, rest in peace sir. No other voice could’ve blessed the song, “Treat her like a lady” and it become a classic Temptation song………singing “I like opening doors, picking up her hankie off the floor..treat her like a lady…light the cigarette that she smokes, even help her with her coat..treat her like a lady

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    Gil Says:

    This man was a singer’s singer. When you heard his voice you know who was singing. Listen to “Some Enchanted Evening” by the Temptations. Listen to his beautiful smooth offering mixed with his rough baritone/tenor voice and then hear his soprano riffs. Singers come and singers go. His voice will live on in the songs we are blessed with. God Bless Ollie Ali Woodson. R.I.P.

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    abby Says:


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    Malorie Says:

    such a talented man… i love the temptations.

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    matti Says:

    Damn TIFU. RIP.

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