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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 7 May 1936Collinsville, Mississippi, USA
Date of Death 17 November 2014Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Birth NameJimmy Lee Ruffin
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jimmy Ruffin was born on May 7, 1936 in Collinsville, Mississippi, USA as Jimmy Lee Ruffin. He died on November 17, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Trivia (6)

Older brother of David Ruffin.
Was offered the chance to sing with The Temptations, but he politely declined and suggested his younger brother, David Ruffin. David then sang some of The Temptations' classic songs, including "Beauty's Only Skin Deep", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" and, most notably, "My Girl".
His most famous song was "What Becomes of The Brokenhearted".
Distant cousin of The Temptations' bass singer, Melvin Franklin.
Living in England and continues to tour and performs. [May 2010]

Personal Quotes (6)

I never wanted to be a professional singer. I wasn't ambitious. It was just that I loved singing.
I was about to re-enlist when the woman who booked the acts said I should turn professional.
Sometimes I had to take a leave of absence from Ford for a week to play theaters like the Apollo, and tour with the Motortown Revue.
[Talking about how he got the song 'What Becomes of the Broken Hearted']: "I heard this tune being sung by the writer James Dean. The song had the kind of words one can feel and it was a beautiful, melodic song. When I asked him whom the song was for, he told me the Spinners were going to cut it. But I told him to give it to me instead. He liked my version enough to let me have it."
[Talking about the rise to star status]: "Things started moving real fast for me, too fast. I wasn't sure what was happening to me. The pressure is incredible. A lot of people died from the pressure, including my brother David. Suddenly you're moving up in society, going to places you're not really prepared for."
[Talking about the success of 'What Becomes of the Broken Hearted']: "I didn't go back to the motor company, I can tell you that."

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