One of the great soul singers, older brother of one-time Temptations lead singer David Ruffin, Jimmy died last Monday in a Las Vegas hospital at the age of 78.
Probably best known for his big hit “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted” in 1966 (the song went to Number 7 in the Billboard Pop Charts), he did backup work for the Motown label in the early 60s and he later recorded an album with his younger brother.
Ruffin returned to the charts in 1980 with the album “Sunrise” and with the Top 10 Hit “Hold On To My Love” which was written and produced by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. He then moved to the UK where he worked with the group Heaven 17. He also had a radio show and in the last couple of years was writing and recording new material.