We are sad to inform SoulTrackers that former Temptation lead singer Ali Ollie Woodson has died after a battle with cancer. He was 58.
The name Ali Woodson may not be familiar to large numbers of readers, but to those in the Soul music business he was known as one of the greatest modern singers. In a career that spanned more than three decades, he worked as lead singer for the Drifters and (the post-Teddy Pendergrass) Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. He 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 and last year releasing the digital LP, Never Give Up...