Born: Detroit, MI

Lived in Town Creek, AL

R&B Vocals The Temptations

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Ali-Ollie Woodson (September 12, 1951 – May 30, 2010) was an American R&B singer, songwriter, keyboardist and occasional actor. He was known for singing with The Temptations beginning in 1984, and also worked with Aretha Franklin and Bill Pinkney.

Woodson was born Ollie Creggett[1] on September 12, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, but was raised in Town Creek, Alabama.

Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters

Bill Pinkney started Woodson on the road at the age of 19, giving him a job as a musician and then vocalist for Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters in the early 1970s. He would return to lead The Original Drifters' gospel song "True Love" in 1996 on the CD Peace in the Valley (Malaco). Woodson always referred to Pinkney as his Father in the music business and Woodson sang Walk Around Heaven All Day at Pinkney's Homegoing service in July, 2007.

Tenure with The Temptations

He is notable for being lead singer of Motown act The Temptations from 1984 to 1986, and from 1988 to 1996. He had first recorded with The Temptations in 1983 on their Back to Basics album, when he was invited to perform lead vocals on the album track, "Stop the World Right Here (I Wanna Get Off),"[2] filling in for an exhausted Dennis Edwards. The following year, Edwards was fired from The Temptations, and Woodson was officially welcomed on board as his replacement. Woodson began his tenure in the group on a high note when he co-wrote, co-produced, and sang lead/played keyboards on the 1984 Temptations single "Treat Her Like a Lady," which appeared on his first full album with the group, Truly for You, and was a #2 hit on the U.S. R&B charts.

He continued to compose and sing lead on other moderate hits with The Temptations throughout the mid-1980s, up until his first departure from the group in 1987. However, he would rejoin the group the following year, and remained with them up through their 1995 album, For Lovers Only.

Woodson, who wasn't a member of The Temptations after 1996, toured with the band in Japan in 2002 when member Barrington "Bo" Henderson was unable to accompany the group due to visa problems.

ali ollie woodson cdPost-Temptations

Since leaving the group, Woodson began a solo career, and often toured with a Temptations-like revue called Ali-Ollie Woodson & the Emperors of Soul (Emperors of Soul being the name of the Temptations' 1994 box set). In 1997, he guest starred on an episode of The Jamie Foxx Show as a patient in a mental hospital. He also appeared in a handful of movies after that. He also appeared in the choir of the TV show The Good News which aired in 1997-1998. The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edward.

From 2006 to 2008, he was in The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards, although he and Edwards were never Temptations members at the same time. Upon leaving this group, Woodson was replaced by the relative of another legend from The Temptations: Paul Williams' son Paul Williams Jr., who is still currently performing with Edwards. Woodson also toured with Aretha Franklin in 2008.

Illness and Death

According to his testimony at a televised religious service, Woodson was first diagnosed with throat cancer during one of his tenures with The Temptations. Despite having the cancer removed, Woodson would again need to undergo surgery when the cancer returned two years later and another two years following that surgery.[3]

In late 2008, Woodson was diagnosed with leukemia and hospitalized for several weeks.[4] Woodson died in southern California on May 30, 2010 after battling leukemia for nearly eighteen months.[5]

Woodson is survived by his wife, Juanita;[1] his two children with Juanita, Ali Ollie Jr. "Aj" and Aliah Woodson;[3] along with his other children Jhae,[6] Sophie, LaTeasha, Justin, and Keisha.[7]

References ^ a b Ali-Ollie Woodson Obituary Retrieved 5-31-2010.
^ The Temptations- Back to Basics Retrieved 8-28-2010.
^ a b Temptations Ali Woodson on YouTube Retrieved 5-31-2010.
^ "PRAYERS for ALI "OLLIE" WOODSON". Soulful Planet. January 21, 2009.
^ Hicks, Mark (May 31, 2010). "Former lead Temptations singer Ali Woodson dies". The Detroit News.
^ Ollie Woodson Farewell Retrieved 12-3-2011.
^ Waldron, Clarence. "Ali-Ollie Woodson Sr.: Ex-Temptations star." Jet Magazine, p. 18. 6-28-2010. Accessed 12-10-2011.


Ali-Ollie Woodson

June 14, 2010 Temptations singer, Ali-Ollie Woodson, passes away

Ali-Ollie Woodson, best known for singing with the iconic group The Temptations, died on May 30 th at the age of 58 after battling leukemia for nearly eighteen months.

Though born in Detroit, Michigan, Woodson grew up in Town Creek, Alabama. He started off his musical career in the early 1970’s with Bill Pinkney, who started him on the road as a musician. Later, he became a vocalist for Pinkney’s Original Drifters. He is most known for being the lead singer of The Temptations from 1984 to 1986 and from 1988 to 1996. His most famous contribution to the group was the 1984 single, “Treat Her Like a Lady,” which he co-wrote, co-produced, and sang the lead on. Although, Woodson’s career with group ended after 1996, he toured with the band in Japan in 2002.

After leaving the group, Woodson pursued a solo career. He also made appearances in movies and television shows. From 2006 to 2008, he formed the group The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards, another member of the group.

Woodson’s distinguished vocals and range allowed him to share the stage with some of the greatest voices of all time, such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and James Brown.


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