Hello folks, welcome to “Soulful Sunday,” where we want the music to touch your mind, touch your body and touch your soul. Doing some last minute partying before I fly back to Canada this week. In the interim, let us listen to the language of love.
Davis Eli Ruffin was born in Mississippi and was the brother of another famous solo artist, Jimmy Ruffin. We, of course, know him as David Ruffin. The lead singer for the Temptations and as an R&B, Soul solo artist.
David’s career started while in his teens when he wrote songs and competed in talent shows in Mississippi. His father being a Baptist minister, would have the boys and his wife singing in a Gospel group. The group was talented enough to be the opening act or artists like Mahalia Jackson and The Blind Boys Of Mississippi.
David would leave home at the age of 16, and move to Detroit, Michigan, where he would record under the name of Little David Bush. Bush was the name of his guardians.
It was through his brother, Jimmy that David met The Temptations and became a member. Jimmy was already a solo artist with Tamla-Motown and was on tour with The Temptations and noticed that the group needed a tenor and suggested David audition for the part.
Both brothers tried out for the part, but Barry Gordy chose David. At first, he would sing backup to Jimmy Kendricks and Paul Williams. His star would shine after he was given the lead on the groups first major hit “My Girl.”
David would perform with The Temptation from 1964 until 1968. He was fired from the group for a multitude of issues one been his addiction to cocaine.
He would pursue a very successful solo career but his addiction would take its toll and in 1991, he would leave us, from an overdose.
Here is David Ruffin with “I’ve Got A Need For You.”