9/6/17: David Ruffin “My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)”

Most music fans know David Ruffin from his days with The Temptations, as part of the classic five that also featured Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin. Ruffin was the lead singer on a lot of hits, from “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” all the way to “Beauty’s Only Skin Deep” and “I Wish It Would Rain.” David had a distinctive voice – one with a lot of passion – and fellow Motown artist Marvin Gaye once said that he heard something in David’s voice that he just didn’t have in his. Coming from someone with so storied a musical career as Marvelous Marvin, that’s quite the compliment.

Ruffin’s last period of time with The Temptations wasn’t pleasant… some say that he was a victim of his own ego, and got carried away with fame and fortune. Thinking that you’re bigger than the band is a mistake that many a musician has made, and it always isn’t true. In Ruffin’s case there were drugs and alcohol involved, too much partying, not enough showing up on time for rehearsals, and finally not even showing up on time for gigs… if he showed up at all. After giving their best efforts to straighten him out, the other guys in the group finally had enough and kicked David out of the group. He had a hard time accepting it, and attempted a solo career still recording at Motown Records. He did pretty well for a while, but he was still his own worst enemy.

David Ruffin was always recognizable, not just for his unique taste in eyewear and signature pleading vocals. He made it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Temptations. Originally from Mississippi, he came to Detroit looking to hit it big in the music business. His older brother, Jimmy, was already a Motown recording artist, so that certainly didn’t hurt David’s chances. His strong voice and soulful delivery led him to his eventual success, and both of those qualities shine through on “My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)” – his biggest hit as a solo artist. That’s the music in my head today, and I’m sure quite a few worlds ended when David left us all in 1991, at the age of 50.

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