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David Ruffin (I) (1941–1991)

The man most of us know by his unmistakable, calming yet disturbed raspy voice was born Davis Eli Ruffin on January 18, 1941, in Whynot, Mississippi. His father, Eli Ruffin, was a Baptist minister. Only months after his birth his mother Ophelia Ruffin died, and his father later remarried, to a schoolteacher. David began singing and touring at a ... See full bio »

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 2010 Misfits (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.4 (2010) ... (performer: "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" - uncredited)
 2002 Skeppsholmen (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.7 (2002) ... (performer: "I Want You Back")
 1995 The Addiction (performer: "Addiction")
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Single: Sang lead on The Temptations' hit "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" (Gordy Records) See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Portrayal | See more »

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The Temptations


6' 3" (1.91 m)

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But they're just cheating the public now. People still expect Eddie [Eddie Kendricks], Paul [Paul Williams] and me when they see The Temptations. They are the voices they know although, in all honesty, Dennis Edwards can be considered a true Temptation. See more »


His older brother, singer Jimmy Ruffin, was offered the chance to sing with The Temptations, but he politely declined in favor of David, who went on to sing many of the classic 1960s Temptations songs, including "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," and the immortal "My Girl". See more »


Raspy tenor/baritone singing voice See more »



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