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Saturday, 7 May 2016

Jimmy Ruffin born 7 May 1936

Jimmy Ruffin (born Jimmy Lee Ruffin, May 7, 1936 – November 17, 2014) was an American soul singer, and elder brother of David Ruffin of the Temptations.
He had several hit records between the 1960s and 1980s, the most successful being the Top 10 hits "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold On (To My Love)".
Jimmy Ruffin was born in Collinsville, Mississippi, the son of a minister, and was approaching his fifth birthday when his brother David was born. As children, the brothers began singing with a gospel group, the Dixie Nightingales.
In 1961, Jimmy became a singer as part of the Motown stable, mostly on sessions but also recording singles for its subsidiary Miracle label, but was then drafted for national service. After leaving the Army in 1964, he returned to Motown, where he was offered the opportunity to join the Temptations to replace Elbridge Bryant. However, after hearing his brother David, they hired him for the job instead so Jimmy decided to resume his solo career. Jimmy Ruffin recorded for Motown's subsidiary Soul label, but with little success.

In 1966, he heard a song about unrequited love written for The Spinners, and persuaded the writers that he should record it himself. His recording of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" became a major success and he felt he was on his way to becoming a star. The song reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the R&B Chart. It also initially reached #10 in the UK singles chart, rising to #4 when it was reissued in the UK in 1974. "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" remained Ruffin's best-known song. Follow-ups in the US were successful, with "I've Passed This Way Before" and "Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got" reaching the US charts in late 1966 and early 1967.
Jimmy Ruffin found success in the US hard to sustain, and began to
concentrate instead on the British market. In 1970, "Farewell Is a Lonely Sound," "I'll Say Forever My Love" and "It's Wonderful (To Be Loved By You)" each made the UK top ten, and he was voted the world's top singer in one British poll. He also teamed up with his brother David to record the album I Am My Brother's Keeper, a modestly successful album for Motown. Following the success of his first two hits, he found it hard to maintain an identity, as most of his songs were later covered by other Motown artists, In addition, he had recorded the first version of The Temptations hit "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep."
He then left Motown, and recorded for the Polydor and Chess labels, where he recorded "Tell Me What You Want." In 1980, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees produced his album Sunrise and the hit single "Hold On To My Love," which reached #10 in the US and #7 in the UK, on the RSO label.
In the 1980s, Ruffin moved to live in Great Britain, where he continued to perform successfully. In December 1984 he collaborated with Paul Weller of The Style Council for his benefit single "Soul Deep", produced to raise money for the families of striking miners affected by the UK miners' strike. This went under the name of The Council Collective and Jimmy appeared with Paul on Radio 1 to say he is involved because his father worked down the mines and "he understands the suffering."
In 1986 he collaborated with the British pop group Heaven 17, singing "A Foolish Thing To Do" and "My Sensitivity" on a 12" EP record. He recorded duets with both Maxine Nightingale and Brenda Holloway. Later, Ruffin hosted a radio show in the UK for a time, and became an anti-drug advocate following the 1991 drug overdose death of his brother David.
Following the 2010 release - on CD for the first time - of his 1970 album I Am My Brother's Keeper, Ruffin had been writing and recording songs for a new album that he had planned to release during 2013. It was not finished at the time of his death.

Living in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, on October 17, 2014, it was reported that Jimmy was gravely ill with pneumonia.and had been taken into an intensive care unit at a Las Vegas hospital. Ruffin died on November 17, 2014, in Las Vegas, aged 78. (Info edited from Wikipedia)

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For “Jimmy Ruffin – Early Classics” go here:

1. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
2. Since I've Lost You
3. How Can I Say I'm Sorry
4. Baby I've Got It
5. Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got
6. 96 Tears
7. You've Got What It Takes
8. Farewell Is A Lonely Sound
9. I'll Say Forever My Love
10. Stand By Me - Jimmy Ruffin, David Ruffin
11. Set 'Em Up (Move In For The Thrill) - Jimmy Ruffin, David Ruffin
12. Living In A World I Created For Myself
13. Lonely Lonely Man Am I
14. I Want Her Love
15. I Will Never Let You Get Away
16. Honey Come Back
17. Your Love Was Worth Waiting For - Jimmy Ruffin, David Ruffin
18. Turn Back The Hands Of Time - Jimmy Ruffin, David Ruffin

A big thank you to Anji @ the 60-70 Rock blog for link.