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Remembering Jimmy Ruffin

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2014 07:28am | Post a Comment

Since the sad news broke yesterday of the passing of Motown great Jimmy Ruffin - who died earlier this week at the age of 78 - I've been going back and digging up some of the popular recordings by the man. While he may not have been quite as famous as his younger brother David Ruffin (the lead singer of the Temptations), he was an incredibly talented artist. Born in Mississippi, Jimmy Ruffin moved to Detroit in the early sixties to connect with Berry Gordy's Motown Records - or rather Motown's Miracle Records imprint. There he recorded his biggest hit in 1966 with "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted."

Other Ruffin songs that enjoyed success over the years included "Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got," "I've Passed This Way Before," and the 1980 hit "Hold On To My Love." Ruffin, who relocated temporarily to the UK in the 1980s where he recorded with such artists as Paul Weller, continued recording up until two years ago when he released his final album, There Will Never Be Another You. Below are a few select videos featuring the man that Berry Gordy called "truly underrated."

Check for his music at Amoeba including his 1969 album Ruff'n Ready, the 20th Century Masters collection The Best Of Jimmy Ruffin - The Millennium Collection, and the duet full-length I Am My Brothers Keeper  that he recorded with his late great brother David who died 24 years ago. Hopefully, the two Ruffin brothers are reunited in the afterlife and singing sweet soul music together again.

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L.A. Covered

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, February 20, 2009 01:35pm | Post a Comment
Dory Previn Mary C. Brown & the Hollywood Sign LP back coverB.B. King L.A. Midnight LP coverDory Previn Mary C. Brown & the Hollywood Sign LP cover
Andre Previn Hollywood at Midnight Lp coverSilver, Platinum & Gold Hollywood Lp coverBob Welch man overboard lp cover
Nice shot of the Rainbow above on the Silver, Platinum & Gold Lp. Below David Ruffin is rushing down Vine St. just North of Molly's Burgers. He's actually headed right to the strip of Hollywood Blvd. pictured on the Racer X back cover, which is the image to his right. Maybe he's running up for a quick peek inside the Cave strip joint, but most likely he had a transaction pending up on Yucca.
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David Remsing lonely street lp covergeorge jones frozen in time lp coverRandy Newman little criminals lp cover
The "Lonely Street" that David Remsing is standing on? That would once again be the blvd. of broken dreams, in the same vicinity as the Racer X cover. The George Jones pictured above is contemplating a burrito @ Dos Burritos, which was directly west of the Pantages. It's now on the opposite side of the street about a block down. He's actually standing in front of the famous Frolic Room sign. I believe Randy Newman is on a downtown LA overpass...
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george jones frozen in time lp back coverwasp i wanna be somebody 12" cover
Aah, two classic Sunset Strip covers, picturing the Whisky a Go Go in its prime along with a nice shot PJ's on the Freddy Cannon cover. The Crusaders take a stroll down Rodeo drive. The next row returns us to the dirty blvd -- not somewhere that I would crawl & writhe around on, but then again I'm not in WASP. To the left of Blackie we have the back of that George Jones record, with a full view of said sign.  I'm sure that there was once frolic to be had at the Frolic Room, but the last time I walked in, there were 3 losers and a jukebox blaring Pearl Jam. Instead of rockin out to "Evenflow," I frolicked on down to Musso & Frank. Musso & Frank is Hollywood's oldest resturant, and their sign can be seen in the background on the LP to right of the WASP record.
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history of latino rock lp coverthe muffs really really happy lp coverbest of thee midnighters lp cover
Some classic theatre shots. The Rialto is still standing in South Pasadena, but is in pretty rough shape.  Of course you have Graumans Chinese Theater in the center and then the Palladium, which has been renovated to look very much like it did on this Jerry Gray LP. A couple of eastside shots, including a nice pic of the Paramount Ballroom, surround the Muffs. You'll have to stop by the buy counter and ask Ronnie where they're at in the photo; he told me once but I've forgotten. I think it's in the Wilshire area, but I might be off on that one. Below we have a shot of the old Capitol Records Melrose Ave studio.  The shoes I'm currently wearing came from the Supply Seargeant, pictured in the surreal take on Hollywood Blvd. that adornes the Little Feat record below. And finally, back to the Pantages, which was photographed and then painted over for this Mancini record. 
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