One of the lead singers with The Temptations until his departure in 1968, David Ruffin’s life away from the microphone was a sad one. Poor choices and lifestyle meant that by the age of 50 he was dead.
As far as his contribution to the world of soul music is concerned though, he’s up there with my own personal favourites.
I love the tracks that he sings on with The Temptations and also his solo career recordings as well. There are a number of options for favourite song, with Heavy Love the main challenger.
However, that’s pipped at the post by Walk Away From Love. I absolutely adore that track, which is from the 1975 album, Who I Am, which incidentally I bought when it was released.
In addition, I remember buying the single from Graduate Records in Dudley. I went to Sir Gilbert Claughton Grammar School in the town and would often visit the shop on my way to catch the bus back home to Sedgley.
Even now, all these years later, the song still hits the spot as far as I’m concerned. It was also his only solo single to make the UK charts, reaching number 10.