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Published on May 5, 2008
A tribute to David Ruffin, formerly of The Temptations.
This is my homage to the endlessly talented Davis Eli 'David' Ruffin. Despite only being in The Temptations for 4 years 64-68, the talented Mississipian is still widely regarded as not only one of the best leads for the group, but one of the greatest soul singers of all time. Something that I beleive makes people warm to David, despite his personal (yet high profile) problems, is the fact that whatever he sings he always puts his whole heart into it. You can beleive every word he utters, he is one example why soul music is called 'soul'. His tall, sharp suited, bespectacled, slick image walk hand in hand with that voice of his. It was a hard choice of tracks to best showcase his talents, yet "All I Need" I think is the one which says everything about him. A sad song about, regret, sorrow, redemption and the ultimate realisation that 'she' is all he needs above anything else. His songs have been described as 'windows into his soul, exposing his greatest fears as a lover and a man. Even "happy" songs like "My Girl" brought out a vulnerability in his voice.' That is David Ruffin summed up, brother Jimmy (also a soul legend) is quoted as saying "he was never at peace", which may well account for his sad and untimely demise. I dont want to dwell on the sadder aspects of his life, but rejoice in what he gave to us. I will say it is worth reading up on him, his early life in the Deep South, his gospel days, his solo career etc ttp://www.netglimse.com/celebs/pages/david_ruffin/index.shtml Anyway, enjoy the track, and rate/comment. Many thanks, Luke aka dalkey130388.