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Birthname: Jimmy Lee Ruffin
Nationality: American
Born: May 07 1939
Died: Nov 17 2014 (75 years old)


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Jimmy Lee Ruffin was born in Mississippi in 1939 and was followed almost two years later by his brother, David (lead singer of The Temptations). The brothers had a musical upbringing and performed with the Dixie Nightingales until Jimmy became a singer with Motown.

Following a time in the Army in National Service, Jimmy joined Motown's soul label in 1964 and his brother joined The Temptations.

His breakthrough came in 1966 when a song, originally written for The Spinners, became Jimmy's hit single "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" which reached #6 in the US and #4 in the UK after its ... Read more

Jimmy Lee Ruffin was born in Mississippi in 1939 and was followed almost two years later by his brother, David (lead singer of The Temptations). The brothers had a musical upbringing and performed with the Dixie Nightingales until Jimmy became a singer with Motown.

Following a time in the Army in National Service, Jimmy joined Motown's soul label in 1964 and his brother joined The Temptations.

His breakthrough came in 1966 when a song, originally written for The Spinners, became Jimmy's hit single "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" which reached #6 in the US and #4 in the UK after its re-release in 1974.

Success in the US was short-lived with only "I've Passed This Way Before" and "Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got" reaching the US charts. In the 1980s, Jimmy moved to the UK after the success of his music in the country when signed to the RSO label. Once in the UK, Jimmy collaborated with a number of well-known artists including Paul Weller and Heaven 17.

Into the 1990s and Jimmy continued to perform and recorded a seven-part series for BBC Radio 2 entitled "Jimmy Ruffin's Sweet Soul Music". He also became an anti-drug campaigner following the drug-induced death of his brother David in 1991.

In 2010 Jimmy began work on a new album, intended to be released to celebrate his 77th birthday in May 2013 but the album was never released. In October 2014 he fell ill and was taken to a Las Vegas hospital where he remained until his death on 17 November, 2014.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Jimmy Lee Ruffin was born in Mississippi in 1939 and was followed almost two years later by his brother, David (lead singer of The Temptations). The brothers had a musical upbringing and performed with the Dixie Nightingales until Jimmy became a singer with Motown.

Following a time in the Army in National Service, Jimmy joined Motown's soul label in 1964 and his brother joined The Temptations.

His breakthrough came in 1966 when a song, originally written for The Spinners, became Jimmy's hit single "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" which reached #6 in the US and #4 in the UK after its re-release in 1974.

Success in the US was short-lived with only "I've Passed This Way Before" and "Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got" reaching the US charts. In the 1980s, Jimmy moved to the UK after the success of his music in the country when signed to the RSO label. Once in the UK, Jimmy collaborated with a number of well-known artists including Paul Weller and Heaven 17.

Into the 1990s and Jimmy continued to perform and recorded a seven-part series for BBC Radio 2 entitled "Jimmy Ruffin's Sweet Soul Music". He also became an anti-drug campaigner following the drug-induced death of his brother David in 1991.

In 2010 Jimmy began work on a new album, intended to be released to celebrate his 77th birthday in May 2013 but the album was never released. In October 2014 he fell ill and was taken to a Las Vegas hospital where he remained until his death on 17 November, 2014.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Jimmy Lee Ruffin was born in Mississippi in 1939 and was followed almost two years later by his brother, David (lead singer of The Temptations). The brothers had a musical upbringing and performed with the Dixie Nightingales until Jimmy became a singer with Motown.

Following a time in the Army in National Service, Jimmy joined Motown's soul label in 1964 and his brother joined The Temptations.

His breakthrough came in 1966 when a song, originally written for The Spinners, became Jimmy's hit single "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" which reached #6 in the US and #4 in the UK after its re-release in 1974.

Success in the US was short-lived with only "I've Passed This Way Before" and "Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got" reaching the US charts. In the 1980s, Jimmy moved to the UK after the success of his music in the country when signed to the RSO label. Once in the UK, Jimmy collaborated with a number of well-known artists including Paul Weller and Heaven 17.

Into the 1990s and Jimmy continued to perform and recorded a seven-part series for BBC Radio 2 entitled "Jimmy Ruffin's Sweet Soul Music". He also became an anti-drug campaigner following the drug-induced death of his brother David in 1991.

In 2010 Jimmy began work on a new album, intended to be released to celebrate his 77th birthday in May 2013 but the album was never released. In October 2014 he fell ill and was taken to a Las Vegas hospital where he remained until his death on 17 November, 2014.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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