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Ain't that peculiar? Yard sale yields Marvin Gaye passport

You never know what might fall out of some old albums that cost 50 cents each at a yard sale. Like Marvin Gaye's passport -- which could be worth $20,000 to collectors today. Issued in October 1964, the expired US passport depicts a smiling Gaye -- then 25, born in Washington on April 2, 1939, six feet (1.8 meters) tall, with brown hair and brown eyes -- along with his authentic signature. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)," one of his many hits, had just been released and the Motown sound was dominating the pop charts.

Fans mourn Motown singer Bobby Rogers

Motown fans Tuesday mourned the death of Bobby Rogers, one of the original members of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, who died in Detroit at the age of 73. He was the third Motown vocalist to die within a month, after the deaths of Richard Street, 70, and Otis "Damon" Harris, 62, both members of The Temptations during the 1970s. The Detroit News, citing family members, said Rogers died Sunday at his suburban Detroit home as a result of complications from diabetes.

Motown loses another Temptation

The Temptations, one of Motown's most successful acts, has lost a second former member in less than a fortnight with the death of Richard Street, US news media reported Thursday. Street, 70, died Wednesday in a Las Vegas hospital where doctors found a clot in one of his lungs after he complained of breathing difficulties, his wife Cindy Street told CNN. "He was part of black history," she said. "He was always proud of that. He sang on a lot of those classic songs: 'Papa Was a Rollin' Stone,' 'Hey Girl,' 'Heavenly,' 'Superstar,' 'Masterpiece.'"

Former Temptations singer Richard Street dies - CNN

Feb 28 (Reuters) - Former Temptations singer Richard Street has died aged 70, his widow Cindy Street told CNN. He died on Wednesday at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Las Vegas after suffering a clot in a lung, the broadcaster reported. Street was the second ex-member of the versatile Motown band to die this month after Otis "Damon" Harris passed away aged 62.

Temptations singer dies at 62

Otis "Damon" Harris, who as first tenor of the Motown ensemble The Temptations sang on such 1970s hits as "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," has died at the age of 62, US news media reported Monday. Prostate cancer was the cause of death, a family spokesman told the Sun newspaper in Harris's hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. Harris joined The Temptations in 1971 when he was 21 and the group was looking for a new tenor. He stayed on for four years, during which time it won four Grammy awards -- including three for "Papa."

Temptations singer Otis 'Damon' Harris dead at 62

Feb 22 (Reuters) - Otis "Damon" Harris, a former member of The Temptations who sang on the group's 1972 hit "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," has died at the age 62, the Baltimore Sun reported on Friday. Harris, a native of Baltimore, auditioned to join the Temptations in 1971 at the age of 21 after the departure of Eddie Kendricks, one of the original lead singers of the group. Harris died at the Joseph Richey Hospice on Monday after fighting prostate cancer for 14 years, according to the Sun.

Broadway Motown musical features civil rights, love story

By Noreen O'Donnell NEW YORK, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. watched with approval on Thursday as the cast of upcoming Broadway show "Motown: The Musical" tore through the storied record label's hits at a 42nd Street rehearsal studio. The show traces Gordy's rise from a struggling boxer and autoworker to a music mogul who made stars of Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5 and others.
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