JIMMY RUFFIN

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Forever known as the singer of the classic hit single “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” Jimmy, older brother of The Temptations’ David, enjoyed more hits and recorded several fine albums during and after his Motown tenure. Enjoying mod cult status in the U.K., Jimmy relocated there in the 1980s, working with Paul Weller and Heaven 17, and for Ian Levine’s Motorcity imprint.

Jimmie Lee Ruffin was born in Collinsville, Mississippi, May 7, 1936. After an early gospel career he joined the Motown roster as a session singer while still working on the Ford Motor assembly line. Ruffin issued singles on the short-lived Miracle label; after military service he returned to Motown as a solo artist on the Soul imprint.

Visiting Hitsville one afternoon he heard “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” being worked on for the Spinners, but he convinced the writers, William Weatherspoon and
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JIMMY RUFFIN Sings Top Ten album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sings Top Ten
RnB 1966
JIMMY RUFFIN Ruff'n Ready album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ruff'n Ready
RnB 1969
JIMMY RUFFIN Forever album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Forever
RnB 1970
JIMMY RUFFIN The Groove Governor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Groove Governor
RnB 1970
JIMMY RUFFIN Jimmy Ruffin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Ruffin
RnB 1973
JIMMY RUFFIN Love Is All We Need album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Is All We Need
RnB 1975
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Sunrise
RnB 1980

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