Today’s music video is ‘What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted’ from Jimmy Ruffin.
This video was posted to You Tube by nocaro
This was Jimmy Ruffin’s biggest hit, and it was also the first record he released.
He sang from a young age, and was one of the early stable of backing vocalists for the Motown Label.
He was drafted into the Army, and after his service, he rejoined Motown.
In 1964, he was offered a position with The Temptations to replace one of the singers who was leaving. However, that didn’t eventuate, when Motown’s executives heard his brother David Ruffin singing, and he was offered the position instead of Jimmy.
Jimmy went back to pursuing a solo career, and in 1966 he heard this song featured today.
The song was written by William Weatherspoon, Paul Riser, and James Dean. It was written with the band The Spinners in mind, and Jimmy Ruffin persuaded the writers that he could sing the song as a solo act.
The song was a hit on the R and B Charts where it went into the Top Five, and it crossed over onto the mainstream charts where it made it into the Top Ten.
The song was a hit in the UK, Australia, and in other places around the World as well.
Jimmy could not follow up this hit and while he was a successful recording artist, nothing that followed made it as big as this song did.
Jimmy was popular in the UK, and at one time, in a Poll, was voted the top American singer.
He moved to the UK in the early 80’s where he was a popular recording artist and he also had a long career as a touring concert act.
This song, while Jimmy’s only big hit, is still released whenever Motown release a ‘Best Of’ album.
The song proved quite popular, and in fact has been ‘covered’ by almost 30 other artists and bands over the years.