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Kendricks was responsible for creating most of the group's vocal arrangements, and also served as wardrobe manager, including the now famous purple suits the group wore for one performance.
He also co-wrote several Temptations songs apart from "The Girl's Alright With Me" including "Isn't She Pretty" (1961) and "Don't Send Me Away" (1967). His favorite food was cornbread, and nicknamed "Cornbread" (or "Corn" for short) by his bandmates. Kendricks’ performed with the Temptations from 1960 until 1971.
Kendricks often found himself at odds with group members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin. Kendricks began to rekindle his friendship with ex-Temptation David Ruffin, who convinced him to leave the group.