Ali-Ollie Woodson

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Ali-Ollie Woodson
Birth nameOllie Creggett
Born(1951-09-12)September 12, 1951
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OriginTown Creek, Alabama, U.S.
DiedMay 30, 2010(2010-05-30) (aged 58)
Los Angeles, California
GenresR&B, pop, soul
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, keyboardist
InstrumentsVocals, keyboard, piano
Years active1970–2010
Associated actsBill Pinkney's Original Drifters, The Temptations, The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards

Ali-Ollie Woodson (born Ollie Creggett; September 12, 1951 – May 30, 2010) was an American R&B singer, musician, songwriter, keyboardist, drummer, and occasional actor best known for his twelve years with The Temptations alongside Otis Williams. He also worked with Aretha Franklin, Jean Carn, and Bill Pinkney.


Woodson was born September 12, 1951[1] in Detroit, Michigan, and was raised in Town Creek, Alabama.

Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters[edit]

Bill Pinkney started Woodson on the road at the age of 19, giving him a job as a musician and then vocalist for Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters in the early 1970s. He would return to lead The Original Drifters' gospel song "True Love" in 1996 on the album Peace in the Valley (Malaco Records). Woodson always referred to Pinkney as his Father in the music business; Woodson sang '"Walk Around Heaven All Day" at Pinkney's funeral in July 2007.

Tenure with the Temptations[edit]

Woodson was best known as the lead singer of Motown act the Temptations from 1984 to 1986, and from 1988 to 1996. He had first recorded with the Temptations in 1983 on their Back to Basics album, when he was invited to perform lead vocals on the album track, "Stop the World Right Here (I Wanna Get Off)",[2] filling in for an exhausted Dennis Edwards.

The following year, Edwards was fired from the Temptations, and Woodson was officially welcomed on board as his replacement. Woodson began his tenure in the group on a high note when he co-wrote, co-produced, and sang lead/played keyboards on the 1984 Temptations single "Treat Her Like a Lady", which appeared on his first full album with the group, Truly for You, and was a No. 2 hit on the U.S. R&B charts.[citation needed]

He continued to compose and sing lead on other moderate hits with the Temptations throughout the mid-1980s, up until his first departure from the group in 1987. However, he would rejoin the group the following year, and remained with them up through their 1995 album, For Lovers Only. Woodson, who was not a member of the Temptations after 1996, toured with the band in Japan in 2002 when member Barrington "Bo" Henderson was unable to accompany the group due to visa problems.[citation needed]


After leaving the group, Woodson began a solo career, and often toured with a Temptations-like revue called Ali-Ollie Woodson & the Emperors of Soul (Emperors of Soul being the name of the Temptations' 1994 box set). In 1997, he guest-starred on an episode of "The Jamie Foxx Show" as a patient in a mental hospital. He also appeared in a handful of movies after that. He also appeared in the choir on the UPN sitcom "Good News," which aired in 1997–1998.

The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards[edit]

From 2006 to 2008, he was in The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards, although he and Edwards were never Temptations members at the same time. Upon leaving this group, Woodson was replaced by the relative of another legend from The Temptations: Paul Williams' son Paul Williams Jr.[citation needed] Woodson also toured with Aretha Franklin in 2008.[citation needed]

Illness and death[edit]

According to his testimony at a televised religious service, Woodson was first diagnosed with throat cancer during one of his tenures with The Temptations. Woodson would again need to undergo surgery when the cancer returned two years later and another two years following that surgery.[3] In late 2008, Woodson was diagnosed with leukemia and hospitalized for several weeks. He died in Los Angeles, California[4] on May 30, 2010, after battling leukemia for nearly eighteen months.[5]

Woodson is survived by his wife, Juanita;[1] his two children with Juanita, Ali Ollie Jr. "Aj" and Aliah Woodson;[3] along with his other children from previous relationships: Jhae,[6] Sophie, LaTeasha, Justin, and Keisha.[7] Woodson is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, in Plot: Inspiration Slope, Lot 884, Space 5.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Ali-Ollie Woodson Obituary Retrieved May 31, 2010.
  2. ^ The Temptations- Back to Basics Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Temptations Ali Woodson on YouTube Retrieved May 31, 2010.
  4. ^ "Ali Ollie Woodson, Singer in Temptations, Dies at 58". The New York Times. June 1, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  5. ^ Hicks, Mark (May 31, 2010). "Former lead Temptations singer Ali Woodson dies". The Detroit News.
  6. ^ Ollie Woodson Farewell Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  7. ^ Waldron, Clarence. "Ali-Ollie Woodson Sr.: Ex-Temptations star." Jet Magazine, p. 18. 6-28-2010. Retrieved October 12, 2011.

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