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David Ruffin

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David Ruffin

American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of the Temptations from 1964 to 1968 add

Category: Music

Born in 1941.

Countries: United States (67%), New York (10%), Turkey (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: The Temptations, Rick James, Berry Gordy

Linked to: Motown, Ford Motor Company, Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations




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David Ruffin was born in 1941 add something


Ruffin's mother died just months after his birth and his father married a schoolteacher, Earline, in 1942 add something


In 1955, at the age of fourteen, he left home under the guardianship of a minister and went to Memphis, Tennessee, Tennessee with the purpose of pursuing the ministry add something


He said that he met Berry Gordy in 1957 add something


Rick James - James started his singing career fronting doo-wop and rhythm and blues bands in his hometown of Buffalo, New York in the early 1960s, with his vocal style influenced by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and David Ruffin


Anna Gordy Gaye - Other artists such as David Ruffin, Marvin_Gaye and Joe Tex recorded for the label, which lasted until 1961, when Berry Gordy absorbed the label and its artists


Though both David and his brother Jimmy were considered, David was given an edge over Jimmy thanks to his performance skills, which David displayed when he joined the Temptations on-stage during the New Year's Eve party in 1963 add something


In January 1964, Ruffin became a member of the Temptations after founding member Elbridge "Al" Bryant was fired from the group add something


Elbridge Bryant - By the New Year of 1964, the Temptations had recruited David Ruffin as their new fifth member, and the group recorded what would be their first Top 20 pop hit, "The Way You Do the Things You Do"


Tammi Terrell - In 1965, Terrell forged on a romance with then-Temptations singer David Ruffin


After the Supremes had their name changed to " Diana Ross & the Supremes" in early 1967, Ruffin felt that he should become the focal point of the Temptations, just as Diana Ross was for her group and began demanding that the group name be changed to "David Ruffin & the Temptations" add something


Ruffin shared lead vocals on the 1967 hit single "You're My Everything" with Eddie Kendrick add something


The Temptations - By 1967, David Ruffin had begun demanding special treatment as lead singer, riding to and from gigs in a private mink-lined limousine with his then-girlfriend, Motown singer Tammi Terrell, instead of in the group limousine used by the other four Temptations


In June 1968, the Temptations agreed that Ruffin had finally crossed the line when he missed a concert that month to instead attend a performance by his new girlfriend, Barbara Gail Martin add something


Norman Whitfield - After Temptations lead singer David Ruffin was replaced with Dennis Edwards in 1968, Whitfield moved the group into a harder, darker sound that featured a blend of psychedelic rock and funk heavily inspired by the work of Sly & the Family Stone and Funkadelic and began changing the subject matter of the songs, moving away from love songs to the social issues of the time, such as war, poverty and politics


The single from the album entitled "My Whole World Ended" was released in 1969 followed soon by the album "Feelin' Good" add something


In 1970 Ruffin recorded an album with his brother Jimmy, "I am My Brother's Keeper", for which they had minor hits with "When My Love Hand " and "Your Love Was Worth Waiting For" add something


The single reached the US Pop & R&B "Top Ten." A third album, titled "David", was recorded in 1970-71, but was shelved by Motown and did not see a commercial release until 2004; his next official release for Motown did not arrive until 1973, when "David Ruffin" was released add something


His final Top Ten hit was 1975's "Walk Away from Love", produced by Van McCoy, which reached number nine on the Pop chart add something


In 1976, Ruffin married Joy Hamilton add something


It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in February 1976 add something


In 1982, Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks re-joined the Temptations for the recording of their album "Reunion" and the tour to promote the album add something


In 1982, Ruffin joined The Temptations' "Reunion" tour and recorded the smash hit "Standing on the Top" with Rick James add something


In 1982, Ruffin was sentenced to six months in a low-security prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for failing to pay taxes during the mid-1970s add something


Otis Williams fired Ruffin for the second and final time from group along with Kendricks by Christmas 1982 add something


Rick James - In 1982, he was asked to produce a song for The Temptations' upcoming album, "Reunion", after former members Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin returned to the group for their ill-fated reunion


Rick James - James idolized former Temptations lead singer David Ruffin and his uncle, bass vocalist Melvin Franklin and grabbed at the chance to produce the hit "Standing on the Top" for them in 1982


In 1985, Ruffin started touring with Kendrick as a duo act add something


In 1985, longtime Temptations fans Hall & Oates teamed up with Ruffin and Kendrick to perform at the re-opening of the Apollo Theater in New York add something


The four singers sang a medley of Temptations hits at Live Aid on July 13, 1985 add something


A 1987 cocaine arrest landed him in jail for repeated parole violations add something


Asked about Ruffin in the "Detroit Free Press" in 1988, Gordy Fuqua said, "He was very much a gentleman, yes ma'am and no ma'am, but the thing that really impressed me about David was that he was one of the only artists I've seen who rehearsed like he was on stage add something


He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 for his work with the Temptations add something

David Ruffin died in 1991 add something


After a successful month-long tour of England with Kendrick and Edwards, Ruffin died on June 1, 1991, in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, hospital of "an adverse reaction to drugs" - namely cocaine add something


The Temptations - The tour was in fact carried out, but production on the album was canceled when 50-year-old David Ruffin died in Philadelphia after a cocaine overdose on June 1, 1991


In 1998, NBC aired "The Temptations", a four-hour television miniseries about the group's career add something


" Appeal filed Sept 28, 2001 in United States Court of Appeals add something


The first song on Fall Out Boy's 2005 CD From Under the Cork Tree was to have been titled "My Name is David Ruffin add something


Known for his unique raspy and anguished tenor vocals, Ruffin was ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by "Rolling Stone" magazine in 2008 add something


On August 17, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame inducted David Ruffin as a solo artis and a member of The Temptations add something


In November 2014, his son David Ruffin Jr., was ://www add something