Otis “Damon” Harris, a member of The Temptations, passed away on February 18, 2013 after a 14-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 62 years old at the time of his passing.
Harris was a fan of The Temptations as a teenager, and he formed a Temptations cover band with three of his high school friends. In 1971, he auditioned to join The Temptations after Eddie Kendricks left the group. When Harris joined the group, he decided to go by Damon since there was already an Otis in the group. Harris sang lead vocals on some of the Temptations’ hits, including “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone,” “Take a Look Around,” and “Masterpiece.” During Harri’s time in the group, The Temptations won three GRAMMY Awards.
Harris left The Temptations in 1975, and rejoined his high school friends in a group called Impact. Impact recorded two disco and funk albums, and had a hit in 1976 with “Give a Broken Heart a Break.” Harris recorded a solo album in 1978 titled Silk, and then retired from music to finish college.