Bruce Williamson Jr. was once the lead singer for the Temptations.
Williamson shot to fame when he joined The Temptations in 2006 and sang with the group in concerts and on television until 2015. He was of course not an original band member, but a singer brought in to the group officially in 2007. Williamson sang with The Temptations from 2006 to 2015
According to TMZ, Williamson died Sunday night at his Las Vegas home after battling coronavirus. His son, Bruce Alan Williamson Jr., confirmed the news, posting a tribute on Facebook.
"There's no words 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. I love you, Daddy"
Bruce Williamson was born in Compton, California, and relocated to Las Vegas at age 17. Bruce Williamson Jr. had always known that his mother was grooming him for a life in the ministry, with an eye on the gospel stardom his inimitable voice would surely bring. However, his trajectory was altered when he met a music industry insider who set him on the path to become a soul music legacy.
“The incomparable Dave Wallace was my manager, mentor, and dearest friend,” Williamson said to Las Vegas Black Image in 2013. “He first introduced me to Ron Tyson of the Temptations, and described me as ‘the greatest singer he has ever heard.’ Ron took the time to hear me sing, started to groom me, and tried for a decade to get me into the Temptations. [Founding member] Otis Williams was initially against me joining the group because he thought I was too big and too young.”
The Temptations also weighed in, writing:
"Dear Temptations Fam, We are deeply saddened and mourn the loss of Bruce Williamson Jr., one of our brothers. Once you are a Temptation you are always a Temptation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. - Otis Williams and The Temptations"