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Jimmy Ruffin (born 7 May 1939 in Collinsville, Mississippi; died 17 November 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada) was an American soul singer. His 1966 hit “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” was a major success and his most well-known song. He was offered a chance to sing with The Temptations, but he politely declined in favor of his younger brother, David Ruffin (born 1941; died 1991).

After the success of “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”, the intended follow-up, “East Side West Side”, was released only in Australia due to an argument with Motown head Berry Gordy. The song was written by Ron Welser and Flamingos’ member Terry Johnson.

With his brother David Ruffin, Jimmy Ruffin released a popular cover version of “Stand By Me” (by Ben E. King), taken from The Ruffin Brothers’ album, I Am My Brother’s Keeper.

Jimmy Ruffin’s other hits include “I’ve Passed This Way Before”, “Gonna Give Her All The Love I’ve Got”, “Don’t You Miss Me A Little Bit Baby”, “I’ll Say Forever My Love”, “It’s Wonderful To Be Loved By You” and “Tell Me What You Want”.

In 1980 he collaborated with the Bee Gees’ musician Robin Gibb, who produced his album Sunrise. From it came the single which would be his last Top 10 UK and U.S. hit: “Hold On To My Love”. In 1986 Jimmy Ruffin collaborated with the British pop group Heaven 17, singing “A Foolish Thing To Do” and “My Sensitivity” on a 12” EP record.

In the 1980s, Ruffin moved to live in Britain, where he continued to perform successfully. In December 1984 he collaborated with Paul Weller of The Style Council for his benefit single “Soul Deep.” This went under the name of The Council Collective.


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  • gilliananne

    Farewell Jimmy. RIP x

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Red-Drallek

    One of the great voices. Great memories of his classics back in the early 70's discos & pubs. A Jimmy Ruffin song was always essential in the mix in those last few slow songs of the night. Thanks for the music Jimmy. R.I.P.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
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  • marksplace2008

    RIP :(

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • nolteCOD

    RIP man :(

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • filippeeters

    Rest in peace, true soul legend. You gave us anthems. :(

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • brownieboy

    Farewell Jimmy

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • KeithJones

    RIP, Jimmy Ruffin; brokenhearted :(

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
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  • HilaryBanks

    His music is underrated

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • toinettearea7

    Here's to Mr. Jimmy Ruffin - wishing him all the very best.

    11 Nov 2011 Reply
  • SkankinByrd

    what becomes of the broken hearted! best song ever

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • DoobieNights

    Check out this Jimmy Ruffin Remix - Not sure about the other tracks from this guy but this one's sweet.

    1 Apr 2010 Reply
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  • Fidalgo

    Irmão gêmeo perdido do Ronaldo!

    24 Apr 2009 Reply
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