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David Ruffin

One of the greatest lead singers the Motown stable ever had, David Ruffin became one of the artistic cornerstones of the Temptations after his lead vocal on "My Girl" (1965) paved the way for such majestic follow-ups as "Since I Lost My Baby" (1965), "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" (1966), "All I Need" (1967), and "I Wish It Would Rain" (1968). Unfortunately, ever-mounting internal pressures within the group, coupled with Ruffin's swelling ego, led to his dismissal from the group in late 1968. His solo career got off to a promising start with the powerful ballad "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)," which cracked the pop and soul Top Ten in early 1969. His last hit to reach the Top Ten was the Van McCoy-produced dance ballad "Walk Away From Love," from 1976. After leaving Motown in 1977, Ruffin recorded for Warner Brothers and later for RCA accompanied by Eddie Kendricks. Unfortunately, Ruffin's career, marred by years of substance abuse and artistic indifference, culminated in his death from a drug overdose in 1991. ~ John Lowe, Rovi
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Love DR great vocals. He is my dream singer!
THE WHISPERS CAN SING TO ME WITH THEIR SEXXY VOICES. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK I LOVE THE WHISPERS FROM A TEEN-AGER AND NOW SMILE...
DAVID RUFFINN TO MUCH WHEN HE WITH THE TEMPTATIONS. HIM AND EDDIE KENDRICKS WENT BE WITH HALLS & OATES IN THEIR YEARS OF THEIR LIVES THAT WAS NICE SMILE
One of the best of all times.
David Ruffin vs Teddy Pendergrass, w i n n e r ?
*978*3m14y~
The double cross is real
lind luck love that. didn't know that was david.that was good.love it.
After we leave those that dont know us will not know of the goodness and love that has gone before us because of our lack of unity and love is the reason for the end but its Gods will, these things must be done ! If your gonna Love ,Love Strong or move along! To all bros, and sisters remembwer to tell your stories of your parents and ancestors we have our own history no lies!
never will be another Mr. Ruffin
ONE OF MS's FINEST'
best
Verna your comments on David Ruffin were right on and any one who doesn't agree w/ us can just bite mr!
That's a bad boy
I'm part if the younger generation but I was raised off of the temptations and other great artist of their time.his talent out shined his personal habits. I will forever love his soulful voice, because they no longer exist in today's generation of music.
David was a player that ended up out playing himself
A troubled genius when it came to music
horney112
David Ruffin and Teddy Pendegrass the two greatest lead singers of all time. in soul music.
Rest in peace david ruffin.
browneyedcub a n g i r l
He was a great singer it was unfortunate, that he died the way he did. R.I.P.
ONE OF
Ur still a big man in my book ur the greart voice is the s**t bay-b ooooh joooooi mizz u u !!
ingermccarde l l
I'm blessed to ever have had the opportunity to listen to great music... all old school paved the way thank you for doing so.
The double cross is real
THAT HAPPEN TO SOME PEOPLES IN THE MUSIC INDUSTY SMILE...
R..IP DAVID RUFFIN HE GOT TO BIG HEADED TO HIM GROUP AND HE LET DRUGS GET IN THE FRIENDSHIP WITH THE TEMPERATIONS AND THE BEAUITFUL THEM AND BY HIMSELF SMILE..
David was rough around the edges and we could have hung out big time back in the day, before the crack!!
If you haven't heard Ruffin sing common man , you're missing a treat .
David Ruffin was a talented singer and performer... I can listen to him all day... Regardless of his past and personal issues, he was truly blessed... A true Temptation.. . .
The life I use to live
abertice
Best lead singer at Motown.
Rferrellkim@ g m a i l . c o m
David Ruffin. The corner stone of the Temptations & super Ego but explosive Talent
bigbank_way
real s**t.
Just luv David music.
sthomas3939
David made REAL meaningful songs
This song bring back when my wife left me for my cuzin 3 years ago and left me with a Lil girl all alone
Man this song brings back memories.
not familiar..kn o w what see onTV.Had CLASSIC INSPIRATIONS I HEAR...
I LOVEDED HIM. HE WAS AN UNDERCOVER FINE BROTHER
David is one of tha world bigg song singer in tha world wen we lost him we lost something real nobody sound like that nobody have hiz style and swagger nobody tha best wordz too say to a woman came out his mouth real talk....only o.g and some y.g can get down with his music......
We miss you too
Favorite favorite singer.
ttslb1995
He took this song to CHURCH!!! Smh!!!!!
Often imitated never duplicated.
Oh my I love how this man can sing !!!! This my song !!!
RIP TO MY BABYBOY LUIS
His life was a ongoing story about the greatness of his singing abilities and the powers of addction, Dammmmmm gone to soon
Fantastic singer one of a kind
David another gift you gave me the kind of music that you can feel in your soul David Ruffin you Rest w/the angels and my David I miss you baby I pray your at rest and not tripping someplace on those of us you left to feel the pain of such a loss. ❤
userm72680
way to go david
David Ruffin...YOU ARE TRULY MISSED!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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