Ali-Ollie Woodson, 58, who led Motown's Temptations in the 1980s and '90s and helped restore them to their hit-making glory with songs including "Treat Her Like a Lady," died Sunday in Southern California after battling cancer.
Mr. Woodson was not an original member of the group, which had several lineup changes since it started in the 1960s. But he played an integral part in keeping the Temptations from becoming just a nostalgia act.
By the early 1980s, the Temptations were no longer posting hit after hit as they had in the 1960s and '70s with classics such as "My Girl." The group had lost original members, and Mr. Woodson was charged with replacing Dennis Edwards, whose passionate voice defined the group during the 1970s.