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, 1975 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Neil Sedaka, Laughter In The Rain ~ #2 (8) Carpenters, Please Mr Postman ~ #1 (5) Barry Manilow, Mandy


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

The Temptations, one of the few groups to survive from the days when the sound of the Motown record company ruled the airwaves, have maintained their popularity through more than two decades of changing styles in popular music. Commenting on the group in the Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll, Joe McEwen and Jim Miller wrote: “While the Four Tops covered the frenetic side of the Motown sound and the Miracles monopolized its romantic side, the Temptations quite simply stood as the finest vocal group in Sixties soul: they could outdress, outdance, and outsing any competition in sight.” ~ Musicianguide: the Temptations ~ retrieved July 4, 2013 © Musicianguide

The Temptations ~ Inducted in the 1999 Vocal Group Hall Of Fame.

In 1995 three songs by The Temptations made it to the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ Ain't Too Proud To Beg ~ My Girl ~ Papa Was A Rolling Stone

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