A Motown artist who had one song in particular that almost everyone above a certain age remembers has died. TMZ.com reports that Jimmy Ruffin, known for “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” died Monday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 78.
Ruffin had a number of hits during a career that spanned decades, but nothing quite matched the success of his 1965 recording of “Brokenhearted,” which became a Top 10 hit in the U.S. and other countries in 1966. His follow-up, “I’ve Passed This Way Before,” was a Top 20 hit in 1967, also reaching the Top 10 on the R&B charts.
The Mississippi native cracked the U.S. Top 10 again in 1980 with “Hold On (To My Love).”
His younger brother, David Ruffin, was a member of one of Motown’s most successful groups, the Temptations.
Here’s a video clip of Ruffin performing his signature song, “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”: