David Ruffin, singer
The Temptations
birth name: Davis Eli Ruffin

David Ruffin

January 18, 1941, Meridian, MS ~ June 1, 1991, Philadelphia, PA

It was nearly 3 a.m. when the gray stretch limousine pulled up to the emergency-room entrance at Philadelphia's University of Pennsylvania Hospital. When attendants looked inside they saw a tall, gaunt black man slumped unconscious in the back seat with no identification and $53 in his pockets. He died an hour later. An FBI check of fingerprints confirmed the name - and an inglorious end for one of the fabled voices in pop music. ~ Newsweek: David Ruffin's Sad Finale ~ June 16, 1991 © Newsweek

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January 18, 1964 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) The Murmaids, Popsicles And Icicles ~ #2 (2) The Kingsmen, Louie Louie ~ #1 (1) Bobby Vinton, There I've Said It Again


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). ~ Allmusic: David Ruffin ~ retrieved January 11, 2014 © Allmusic

David Ruffin ~ Ranked #65 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers in 2008 ~ Motown founder Berry Gordy said that any of the five Temptations could have been a lead singer, but it was David Ruffin who stood out most from the pack. In contrast to his heavenly-voiced partner, Eddie Kendricks, Ruffin sang as if every word was a plea - pain and desperation filled his lead vocals on Ain't Too Proud to Beg, (I Know) I'm Losing You and I Wish It Would Rain. ~ 2008 © Rolling Stone

The Temptations

some band info might not apply to David Ruffin who left in 1968

Thanks to their fine-tuned choreography - and even finer harmonies - The Temptations became the definitive male vocal group of the 1960s; one of Motown's most elastic acts, they tackled both lush pop and politically charged funk with equal flair, and weathered a steady stream of changes in personnel and consumer tastes with rare dignity and grace. ~ Allmusic: the Temptations ~ retrieved October 3, 2013 © Allmusic

The Temptations ~ Ranked #68 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “I was on holiday with my parents in the late Sixties when I heard I Wish It Would Rain I lived in England, where it f**king rains all the time, so it was appropriate. But that's also when I fell in love with David Ruffin's tenor - it jumped out of the speakers and ravished my soul.” ~ Rod Stewart ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

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