|Genres:||Disco R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul funk 70s motown rnb|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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7 May 1939, Collinsville, Mississippi, USA. The son of a minister, Ruffin was born into a musical family: his brother, David Ruffin, and cousin, Melvin Franklin, both became mainstays of the Temptations. Ruffin abandoned his gospel background to become a session singer in the early 60s, joining the Motown Records stable in 1961 for a one-off single before he was drafted for national service. After leaving the US Army, he returned to Motown, turning down the opportunity to join the Temptations and instead recommending his brother for the job. His commercial breakthrough came in 1966 with the major US and UK hit What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted, which displayed his emotional, if rather static, vocals. After three smaller hits, Ruffin found success in the USA hard to sustain, concentrating instead on the British market. Ill Say Forever My Love and Its Wonderful consolidated his position in the UK, and in 1970 he was...