Glenn Leonard

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Glenn Carl Leonard (born June 11, 1947 in Washington, D.C.) is an American R&B and soul singer best remembered for serving as the first tenor/secondary lead singer of the Motown quintet The Temptations[1] from 1975 to 1983.


Leonard recorded with the groups the Chancellors, Instant Groove and True Reflection before he was asked to replace ousted Temptations member Damon Harris (who'd replaced Eddie Kendricks). Leonard joined the group in 1975, just before they recorded the hit Shaky Ground. Leonard's most notable Temptations leads were on the 1980 single Power, and on the Christmas classic Silent Night from their 1980 Christmas album. He was replaced by Ron Tyson in 1983.

Leonard is a native of Washington D.C., second oldest of 8 children born 1947 to Gennie and Pearlie Leonard, natives of North Carolina. As a child, he was raised between Washington and North Carolina. He started singing at the age of six, and by age 13 he began to earn a living performing on stage, at parties and concerts, and as a recording artist. Leoard successfully established 3 groups by the time he was in his early 20s: The Chancellors, The Instant Groove, and The True Reflections. He was also a member of another popular and successful recording group from Washington called The Unifics. He recorded his first record with his first group, The Chancellors, on Cap City Records, a subsidiary of Septar Records, and later his third group, The True Reflection, on Atlantic Records.

Leonard then came to the attention of the Temptations in 1975. He had a notable career as their first tenor and lead singer from 1975-1983 encompassing ten albums with the supergroup. His most noted songs include I’m on Fire, Go for It, The Best of Both Worlds, Eyes, Ever Ready Love, and Silent Night from their Christmas Album.

After parting ways with the group in 1983, Leonard became a born-again Christian, entered into full-time ministry and was licensed in 1986. He became ordained and received a doctorate degree in the early 1990s.

Currently, Mr. Leonard performs with his Glenn Leonard's Temptations Revue, along with Joe Coleman, Andre Jackson, Kareem Ali and Mike Joiner. Recent past members of this group over the last few years also include Doc Devone, Pete Marshall, Darnell Carter and Freddy Black. A group photo is here. He also tours with his Motown revue show titled "Glenn Leonard Presents Hitsville Live," which also feature female lead vocalists from the Platters and Marvelettes.

Mr. Leonard has also released a solo album titled "Glenn Leonard Then & Now" with guest vocalist Jean Carne.

Leonard was portrayed by Benjamin J. Cain Jr. in the 1998 biographical television mini-series The Temptations, though he was not heavily focused upon, as the mini-series gave more attention to the Ruffin/Kendricks-era Temptations line up.

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  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: The Temptations". AMG. Retrieved 14 May 2010.