Personalities | Jimmy Ruffin | Sixties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1939)

Cutting his soul teeth with 1950s Detroit group The Four Holidays, Ruffin’s early solo career was disrupted by the draft. He broke through on Motown with 1966’s towering hit ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’ and a handful of follow-ups. His 1980 comeback ‘Hold On To My Love’ went US Top 10. He became a UK radio host in the 1990s and an anti-drugs campaigner following the 1991 overdose death of his younger brother David, The Temptations’ lead singer.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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