David Ruffin, born on January 18, 1941 in Whynot, Mississippi, was a gruff-voiced soul singer who made his mark as the lead singer of The Temptations and later as a solo artist. He signed with Motown and achieved great success in the 1960s and 1970s. With hits like "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," Ruffin captivated audiences with his powerful vocals. Notably, he was also the brother of fellow Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin.
Ruffin's music can be likened to other soulful artists such as Eddie Kendricks, The Originals, Jimmy Ruffin (his brother), Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and many more. His distinctive voice and emotional delivery set him apart from his contemporaries.
Despite his untimely death on June 1, 1991 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of 50, David Ruffin's legacy lives on through his timeless music that continues to inspire generations of soul enthusiasts worldwide.