20 Songs, 1 Hour 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Centering on David Ruffin’s post-Temptations Motown output (1969 to 1977), this wonderfully considered collection would be all the solo Ruffin you’d need if the soul shouter himself didn’t convey such yearning, joy, and sadness. But it’s an excellent starting point. One need only listen to the pleader “Common Man” or the inescapably melancholic “(My Whole World Ended) The Moment You Left Me” to understand Ruffin’s gifts, which also include the ability to lift even pedestrian dancefloor soul to something magical (“Who Am I”) and singing a simple R&B-pop tune like it was the last song ever written (“On and On”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Centering on David Ruffin’s post-Temptations Motown output (1969 to 1977), this wonderfully considered collection would be all the solo Ruffin you’d need if the soul shouter himself didn’t convey such yearning, joy, and sadness. But it’s an excellent starting point. One need only listen to the pleader “Common Man” or the inescapably melancholic “(My Whole World Ended) The Moment You Left Me” to understand Ruffin’s gifts, which also include the ability to lift even pedestrian dancefloor soul to something magical (“Who Am I”) and singing a simple R&B-pop tune like it was the last song ever written (“On and On”).

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About David Ruffin

One of the greatest lead singers the Motown stable ever had, David Ruffin became one of the artistic cornerstones of the Temptations after his lead vocal on "My Girl" (1965) paved the way for such majestic follow-ups as "Since I Lost My Baby" (1965), "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" (1966), "All I Need" (1967), and "I Wish It Would Rain" (1968). Unfortunately, ever-mounting internal pressures within the group, coupled with Ruffin's swelling ego, led to his dismissal from the group in late 1968. His solo career got off to a promising start with the powerful ballad "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)," which cracked the pop and soul Top Ten in early 1969. His last hit to reach the Top Ten was the Van McCoy-produced dance ballad "Walk Away From Love," from 1976. After leaving Motown in 1977, Ruffin recorded for Warner Brothers and later for RCA accompanied by Eddie Kendricks. Unfortunately, Ruffin's career, marred by years of substance abuse and artistic indifference, culminated in his death from a drug overdose in 1991. ~ John Lowe

HOMETOWN
Meridian, MS
BORN
January 18, 1941

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