A LIFE REMEMBERED
JIMMY LEE RUFFIN
May 7, 1936 – November 17, 2014)
One of Motown Records' most memorable voices is gone, as balladeer Jimmy Ruffin died at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78.
Ruffin's most enduring hit has to be 1966's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," with its majestic, stately rhythm and Ruffin's deeply soulful, sorrowful vocal. He followed up that Top 10 hit with "I've Passed This Way Before" in 1967. In 1980 he enjoyed a comeback hit with "Hold on to My Love."