Older brother of the well known lead singer for the Temptations David Ruffin, things could have worked out quite differently for Jimmy had he accepted Berry Gordy´s offer to join the Tempts himself. Instead he recommended his younger brother, and the rest is, as they as say, history. But, as he clearly states on this record - we´re not going to feel sorry for him, he did have a fine career as solo artist anyhow. Born 1939 in Collinsville Mississippi, he soon migrated north. He settled down in Detroit as was soon contracted to Gordy´s fledgling Miracle set-up. Having previously been a gospel singer, this is Ruffin´s first secular recording, and also the first release on the Miracle label. This 1961 release was a relatively poor seller, Ruffin had to wait some five years until he hit the big time with the evergreen "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted" in ´66. He has since maintained a succesful career in the music industry, recording as a duo in the early 70s with his brother David as well as having a smash hit in 1980 called "Hold On To My Love" which was produced by Robin Gibb of the Bee-Gees. Jimmy Ruffin relocated to the U.K. in the 80s were he still is a popular performer. Bu this is were it all started, 48 years ago! Enjoy!
"Don´t Feel Sorry For Me"