Friday, August 5, 2011
MY TUNE OF THE DAY
Today's post is a slice of classic soul from David Ruffin. If the name is not familiar, than the voice most certainly is, as he was one of the original lead singers of The Temptations.
He sang the lead on some of their classic songs such as "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" but by 1967 after Mr Ruffin missed several rehearsals and performances due to an growing drug problem and insisting on changing the name of the group to "David Ruffin and The Temptations", he was eventually replaced in the group by Dennis Edwards in 1968.
David Ruffin released his first solo album in 1969 with the title song, "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)" reaching number nine on the pop charts and number two on the r&b.
After a successful tour in 1991 with two fellow former lead singers of the Temptations, Eddie Kendricks and Dennis Edwards, Ruffin died of an accidental overdose of crack cocaine but his family suspected foul play as he had apparently $40,000 in cash on him at the time which was missing when his body was found.
His last single to chart, "Walk Away From Love" became his only number one solo hit on the r&b chart during his career.
"Walk Away From Love" - David Ruffin (1975)
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