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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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The Addiction Soundtrack
(1995)
Skeppsholmen Soundtrack
The Temptations Man in Coppa Cabana
(1998)

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 1998 The Temptations (TV Series)
Man in Coppa Cabana
- Episode #1.1 (1998) ... Man in Coppa Cabana
- Episode #1.2 (1998) ... Man in Coppa Cabana
 1973-1979 Soul Train (TV Series)
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- David Ruffin/Heatwave (1979) ... Guest
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Single: Sang lead on The Temptations' hit "(I know) I'm Losing You" (Gordy Records) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Portrayal | See more »

Alternate Names:

The Temptations

Height:

6' 3" (1.91 m)
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Personal Quote:

Most of my life, I've been on my own, trying to do my thing. Everybody has to go out and face the reality of life. That's what everybody's got to do, do you own thing. Strength is your own thing. See more »

Trivia:

His first solo song, "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)," was originally intended for The Temptations when he was still the group's front man. See more »

Trademark:

His signature move during his performances was to spin around, tossing the microphone from one hand to the other, drop to the floor with a leg split, and then rise back up. See more »

Nickname:

Ruff

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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