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The Temptations (music group)

Life continues, graciously

Life continues, graciously

Really? Bobbie Smith, too? Geez.

This is what I'm thinking when word comes that the lead singer of the Spinners has died. It comes a month after Richard Street and Damon Harris, who sang on "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" with the Temptations, passed away just days apart. Now Mr. Smith, whose ice cream dollop of a tenor on "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" serenaded me through junior year in high school, has joined them. It feels -- and this feeling has become uncomfortably familiar lately -- as if Somebody Up There is taking a sledgehammer to my childhood.

I send Howard a text: "All my heroes are going away."

Howard has been one of my best...