Robert Ward, 70, a Georgia blues musician who played with some of Motown's biggest artists, died Thursday at his home in Dry Branch in central Georgia. He suffered a stroke in 2001 and never fully recovered.

Mr. Ward, a Georgia native, moved to Ohio and founded the Ohio Untouchables, which later became the Ohio Players. In the 1970s, he moved to Detroit, where he performed with the Temptations, Wilson Pickett and other Motown artists.

The vocalist and guitarist recorded multiple albums over his career, starting in 1991 with Fear No Evil. His last album, New Role Soul, was released in 2000. - AP