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Album Review

Most of the entries in Universal's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series function best as budget collections, perfect for listeners who'd rather not bother paying a few extra dollars for a longer collection. Things are far different for this volume, spotlighting Motown second-line act Jimmy Ruffin, who reached the pop charts several times during the late '60s but never had a solid CD compilation before this one. It certainly leads with the right track, his sole Top Ten entry, the beautiful Motown nugget "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted." And since Ruffin only recorded a few LPs for the label, there's nothing major missing from this set and much that's good: the R&B hits "Don't You Miss Me a Little Bit Baby" and "I've Passed This Way Before," his 1970 cover of "Stand by Me" with brother David as a duet, and one of the best non-hits in Motown history, "As Long as There Is L-O-V-E Love." It's only 11 tracks, but with few other Jimmy Ruffin collections even in print, this is the one to get.

Customer Reviews

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

This song is excellent. It's great for anyone going through a difficult breakup.

This reviewer is an idiot

What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted is not Jimmy Ruffin's sole top ten hit. He hit the top ten in 1980 with Hold On To My Love. It was written and produced by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. The stars are for Jimmy Ruffin and not for the dumb*ss who wrote the album review.

Great Voice

This is a great collection but where is hold on to my love? This song has great lyrics written of course by the Bee Gees and sung with soul and meaning from Jimmy Ruffin, there is an extended version some where on out there.


Born: May 7, 1939 in Colinsville, MS

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The older brother of the Temptations' lead singer David Ruffin, Jimmy enjoyed several huge hits himself in the mid-'60s for Berry Gordy's Soul label. Ruffin first signed with another Motown subsidiary, the short-lived Miracle, in 1961, but it was his convincing vocal on "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" that made him a star in 1966. He encored with "I've Passed This Way Before" and "Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got." In 1970 he briefly teamed with David (by then a solo artist) as the Ruffin...
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Motown, Soul
  • Released: Jan 01, 2001

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