Melvin Franklin

Photo of TemptationsOctober 12, 1942 – February 23, 1995

The Temptations were a lot of things. Groundbreaking. Unpredictable. Entertaining. And a total mess. David Melvin English, AKA Melvin Franklin, was the foundation of the group, both vocally and temperamentally.   His mellow bass vocals became one of the Temptations most recognizable features.  Franklin and long-time friend, Otis Williams, were the only two original members to never leave the group. Interesting fact: Melvin was shot twice while trying to stop someone from stealing his car. Franklin had a series of health issues, yet somehow his story still ended up one of the happier ones from the Temptations. Either way, a couple of seizures and diabetes and heart failure  finally caught up with him.  He passed away at the age of 52 in Los Angeles.


Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Courts Of Remembrance, C-3571; Just to the right of the Southern entrance, 3 rows up and 2 spaces in from the doorway



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