Bruce Williamson, lead singer of legendary band The Temptations, has died after a battle with COVID-19.
The charismatic leader died at the age of 50 on Sunday night at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, TMZ reported.
Williamson rose to fame when he joined The Temptations in 2006 and sang with the group in concerts and on television until 2015.
Gone too early: Bruce Williamson, lead singer of legendary band The Temptations, has died after battle with COVID-19
Williamson’s son, also named Bruce, paid tribute to his father in a Facebook post.
“There is no word in the world that can express how I feel right now. I love you daddy thank you for being awesome thank you for being loving thank you for being who you are I pray to God and we will meet again “, did he declare.
“I love you daddy RIH KING WILLIAMSON.
The Temptations premiered in Detroit in 1960 with Otis Williams, David Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, and Eddie Kendricks.
Their hit songs were My Girl, The Way You Do the Things You Do (both 1964) and Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (1966).
Williamson didn’t become a Temptation until 2006 while touring with the band.
The Compton, Los Angeles native, who grew up on gospel music, remained with the group until 2015.
Her voice is featured on the group’s most recent albums Back to Front and Still Here.
RIP: Williamson died at the age of 50 on Sunday night at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. The charismatic crooner (pictured in 2010) joined The Temptations in 2006 and performed with the group in concerts and on television until 2014
The Temptations premiered in Detroit in 1960 with Otis Williams, David Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, and Eddie Kendricks (pictured 1964). Their hit songs were My Girl, The Way You Do the Things You Do (both 1964) and Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (1966)
Williamson reportedly said he had done “more in six months of temptation than many artists did in their lifetimes.”
He described his entry into The Temptations in an interview with Las Vegas Black Image Magazine in 2013, revealing that the band’s founding member, Otis Williams, disagreed with his arrival at first.
Williams said his manager Dave Wallace introduced him to fellow Temptations member Ron Tyson and introduced him as “the greatest singer he’s ever heard.”
He said Tyson had tried to recruit him for a decade, but Williams – the only temptation to stay with the group since its founding – was against it.
“Williams was initially against me to join the group because he thought I was too big and too young,” he said.
Eventually, Williams relented and Williamson was fortunate enough to join.
In 2013, he said: “After seven years of temptation, I am still in awe.
“I remember the first time I played with the band: at a private millionaire’s birthday party, on a small stage set up on his tennis courts. “
In February 2008, Williamson performed with The Temptations at the White House in an African American History Month celebration and shook hands with President George W. Bush.
Williamson reportedly said he had done “more in six months of temptation than many artists did in their lifetimes.” He is pictured on stage in New York in 2014
After leaving The Temptations in 2015, Williamson devoted his energy to singing the soul music he loved as a child.
“I’ve never lost the dream of wanting to be a temptation,” he told Chapter & Verse Network in 2016.
“But I didn’t want to be an imitation or someone masquerading as my predecessors. I wanted to be myself.
In recent years, Williamson has collaborated with the group BlackBerry Jam, and was working on a gospel project with the group before his death.
He spent a considerable amount of time performing in Vegas, where he lived full time.
At the time of his death, Bruce was working on a gospel project with BlackBerry Jam. Pictured: Williamson shakes hands with President George W Bush in 2008