The late David Ruffin was born in 1941 – 72 years ago

david ruffin

His voice was so powerful — like a foghorn on the Queen Mary… It jumped out of the speakers and ravished my soul..
~Rod Stewart

One of the greatest lead singers the Motown stable ever had
~John Lowe (

One of the greatest “Motown voices”.. and thus one of the greatest voices in recorded american music history.

The Temptations – My Girl:

From Wikipedia:

Birth name David Eli Ruffin
Born January 18, 1941
Whynot, Mississippi, U.S.
Died June 1, 1991 (aged 50)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres R&B, pop, soul, disco, gospel
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals, drums
Years active 1956–1991
Labels Anna, Chess, Motown, Warner Bros., RCA
Associated acts The Temptations, Eddie Kendrick, Jimmy Ruffin

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 from 1964 to 1968 (or 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.”

The Temptations

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – Live 1966:

His voice had a certain glorious anguish that spoke to people on many emotional levels
~Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates)

I don’t know what kind of voice I have, I really don’t… it’s just about the feeling I get for the song.
~David Ruffin

Album of the day:

The Temptations – The Ultimate Collection (1997)


Other January 18

  • Jim O’Rourke (born January 18, 1969) is an Irish American musician and record producer. He was long associated with the Chicago experimental and improv scene. Around 2000 he relocated to New York before moving on to Tokyo, Japan where he currently resides.
    He mixed Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album and produced their 2004 album, A Ghost Is Born, for which he won a Grammy Award for “Best Alternative Album”.
    jim o'rourke
  • The Skiffle Sessions – Live In Belfast 1998 is a live album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, with Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber, released in 2000 (see 2000 in music). Lonnie Donegan had played with the Chris Barber jazz band when he had his first hit with “Rock Island Line”/”John Henry” in 1955. He had been a childhood influence on Van Morrison, who had first performed in his own skiffle band with schoolmates when he was twelve years old in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This would be Donegan’s first studio album in twenty years; reviving his career until his death in 2002.
    Released January 18, 2000
    Recorded November 20-21, 1998
    Whitla Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Genre Skiffle
    Length 46:25
    Label Pointblank
    Producer Van Morrison