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David Ruffin
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    (January 18, 1941-June 1, 1991)
    Born in Whynot, Mississippi
    Member of the Temptations
    Sang lead on ‘My Girl’ (1965), ‘Since I Lost My Baby’ (1965), ‘Beauty’s Only Skin Deep’ (1966), ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg’ (1966) and ‘I Wish It Would Rain’ (1967)
    Solo recorded ‘My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)’ (1969) and ‘Walk Away from Love’ (1975)
    He refused to travel with the other members of the group, instead riding in a custom limo.
    He allegedly abused his girlfriend, <17310>Tammi Terrell.
    After the Supremes became ‘Diana Ross and the Supremes’ and the Miracles became ‘Smokey Robinson and the Miracles,’ he demanded that the group’s name be changed to 'David Ruffin and the Temptations.'
    He was fired by the rest of the band for skipping a concert to be with his new girlfriend.
    After being fired, he would show up at Temptations concerts./n/When the band started performing a song he had been the lead on, he would jump on stage, grab the microphone from his replacement and start singing.
    He was convicted of tax evasion (1981).
    He fatally OD’d in a crack house.
    Louis Farrakhan delivered the eulogy at his funeral.
    He sang lead on the Temptations’ first Number One hit.
    Part of the reason Motown sided with the Temptations rather than him was that he was demanding a proper accounting of the group’s royalties from the label.
    One of his producers said of his personal problems, ‘He never brought that into the studio. He was a pro.’
    His funeral was paid for by Michael Jackson and featured performances by Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder.

Credit: C. Fishel

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