Saturday, May 18, 2024

RIP Jimmy Ruffin, Motown Singer of “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?”


Jimmy Ruffin has died at age 78. His biggest Motown hit was “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted”– one of the great classics of all time. He was the older brother of David Ruffin of the original Temptations, who died much too young in 1991. Rest in peace. There must be some reunion in heaven, with the Ruffins, Eddie Kendricks, Levi Stubbs, Marvin Gaye, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, Florence Ballard, Harvey Fuqua, Cholly Atkins and Mary Wells et al…


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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