So today the world has lost another great artist.
Jimmy Ruffin, passed away on Monday ,in a hospital located in Las Vegas, at age 78; he was known for some of his best hits “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and my personal favorite from his 1980’s comeback, “Hold On (To My Love).” He was a great singer and has definitely left his mark on the music industry. Ruffin was born in Mississippi on May 7th in 1936, and 30 years later was signed with Motown and put out his first top 10 hit in 1966, ” What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.”
Through the rest of the 60’s he had many hits including “I’ll Say Forever My Love.” and ended the decade with his hit ” Maria(You Were The Only One).” After his hit in 1970, he collaborated with his late brother, David Ruffin, and put out their versions of “Stand by Me” and “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother.” When Ruffin’s brother, David, died of a drug overdose he became an anti-drug advocate, to help convince the public to go against drugs. After relocating to Las Vegas in 2011 it was rumored that Ruffin was working on new music, according to SoulTracks. His active years from 1956-2014 have allowed him to leave a legacy on Motown records. I even read in an Observer article that real estate developer Ben Shaoul knew the value of listening to those songs during renovation. He will obviously be greatly missed be people everywhere it seems.