David Ruffin, the former lead singer with the Temptations between 1964 and 1968 would have celebrated his 80th birthday this week.
He sang lead vocals on the songs My Girl, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg and Beauty Is Only Skin Deep among others. After internal difficulties within the group, he turned to drugs and began to miss live appearances. He embarked on a solo career but unlike his brother Jimmy, David only managed one UK hit single which was a cover of a song first recorded by the Choice Four.
David died on 1st June 1991 from a drug overdose of crack cocaine. Let’s remember his only hit, Walk Away From Love live from the Soul Train show.