David Ruffin

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Davis Eli "David" Ruffin (January 18, 1941 – June 1, 1991) was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of The Temptations (1964–68) during the group's "Classic Five" period as it was later known. He was the lead voice on such famous songs as "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg".

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. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 for his work with The Temptations. Fellow Motown recording artist Marvin Gaye once said admiringly of Ruffin that, "I heard [in his voice] a strength my own voice lacked".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 My Whole World Ended David Ruffin 1
1969 Feelin' Good David Ruffin 1
1973 David Ruffin David Ruffin 1
1974 Me 'n Rock 'n Roll Are Here to Stay David Ruffin 1
1975 Who I Am David Ruffin 1
1976 Everything's Coming Up Love David Ruffin 1
1977 In My Stride David Ruffin 1
1980 Gentleman Ruffin David Ruffin 1
1995 I've Lost Everything I've Ever Loved David Ruffin 1
2004 David David Ruffin 1
Ruffin & Kendricks David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of David Ruffin David Ruffin 1
David Ruffin At His Best David Ruffin 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 I Couldn't Believe It David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks 1

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