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Jimmy Ruffin (born 7 May 1939 in Collinsville, Mississippi) is 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.

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 England, where he has his own talk show.

He continues to tour and perform to this day.


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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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    9 Jul 2009 Reply
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  • Fidalgo

    Irmão gêmeo perdido do Ronaldo!

    24 Apr 2009 Reply
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  • TippinMyStuff

    long live jimmy ruffin!!!!

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • iainmcooke

    This is a Motown Classic

    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • klassik01

    motown classics...forever young...

    18 Jan 2009 Reply
  • fromghosttown

    yeah, jimmy, good question.i think the broken - hearted are going to lonesome town.

    3 Jan 2009 Reply
  • lyndaer

    he,s the best

    26 May 2008 Reply
  • shamechain

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL@the comments here. Can put them together or something?

    19 Aug 2007 Reply
  • EdibleHandsoap

    It's such a complicated song title, I can see how so many people can't handle it.

    16 Jul 2007 Reply
  • ohsnapitsdiddy

    yay fucked up tags

    30 Mar 2007 Reply
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