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Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown performer who scored his biggest hit with 1966's What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, has died at the age of 78.
Jimmy Lee Ruffin was born on May 7, 1939. Jimmy Ruffin had several hit records between the 1960s and 1980s, the most successful being ‘What Becomes of the Brokenhearted’.
Jimmy Ruffin was the brother of David Ruffin. In 1961, Jimmy became a singer as part of the Motown stable, most often on sessions but also recording singles for its subsidiary Miracle label. He was then drafted for national service.
After leaving the Army in 1964, Jimmy returned to Motown, where he was offered the opportunity to join the Temptations. However, after hearing his brother David, they hired him for the job instead, so Jimmy decided to resume his solo career. Picture: Getty
In 1966, his recording of ‘What Becomes of the Brokenhearted’ became a major success. The song reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and and it also initially reached number 10 in the UK singles chart, rising to number four when it was reissued in the UK in 1974. Picture: Getty
Jimmy Ruffin began to concentrate on the British market. In 1970, "Farewell Is a Lonely Sound", "I'll Say Forever My Love" and "It's Wonderful (To Be Loved By You)" each made the UK top ten, and he was voted the world's top singer in one British poll. Picture: Getty
When Jimmy Ruffin left the Motown label, he recorded for the Polydor and Chess, where he recorded "Tell Me What You Want." In 1980, the Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb produced his album Sunrise and the hit single "Hold On To My Love", which reached number 10 in the US and number seven in the UK.
Jimmy Ruffin passed away on November 17 2014 at the age of 78.