Melvin Franklin

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Rock Singer
Date of Birth October 12, 1942
Place of Birth Montgomery, Alabama
Date of Death Feb 23, 1995 (52)
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David Melvin English better known by the stage name Melvin Franklin, or his nickname "Blue", was an American bass singer. Franklin was best known for his role as a founding member of Motown singing group The Temptations from 1960 to 1994.

Birth name: David Melvin English
Born: October 12, 1942, Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
Origin: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died: February 23, 1995, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
Genres: R&B, soul
Occupation(s): Singer
Instruments: Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active: 1958–1995
Labels: Warwick, Motown, Atlantic
Associated acts: The Temptations (1960-1994)
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About Melvin Franklin

Singer with the Motown group The Temptations from 1960 to 1994 who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Before Fame

He sang with various local singing groups in Detroit, including one called The Voice Masters.


He was usually called upon to deliver ad-libs and harmony vocals, eventually performing more verse vocals.

Family Life

His mother, Rose English, was a teenager from Mobile, Alabama.


He and David Ruffin both sang in The Temptations.

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