DAVID RUFFIN 

AWARDS & HONORS

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1989)

Max Mississippi Walk of Fame (Meridian)

  • 1989 - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (The Temptations)
  • 1994 - Hollywood Walk of Fame (The Temptations) 
  • 1998 - The Temptations Movie 
  • 2008 - Rolling Stone Magazine Top 100 Greatest Singers of All-Time
  • 2002- Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame (solo) 
  • 2012 - Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 
  • 2013 - National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame (solo)
  • 2013 - National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame (The Temptations) 
  • 2019 - Apollo Theater Walk of Fame (The Temptations)
  • 2017 - Ain't Too Proud Broadway Play (The Temptations Story) 
  • 2019 - David Ruffin Ave (Detroit, Michigan) 
  • 2019 - The Max Mississippi Arts/Entertainment Walk of Fame (Meridian, Mississippi) 
  • 2019 - David Ruffin Blvd (Meridian, Mississippi) 
  • 2021 - Summer of Soul (Documentary Harlem, New York 1969)
  • 2021 - David Ruffin Mural (Downtown Meridian, Mississippi) 

Rolling Stone Magazine's

100 Greatest Singers of All-Time

David Ruffin #65

Born

January 18th, 1941 (died June 1st, 1991)


Key Tracks

"Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "My Girl," "Walk Away From Love"


Influenced

Hall and Oates, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart

Motown founder Berry Gordy said that any of the five Temptations could have been a lead singer, but it was David Ruffin who stood out most from the pack. In contrast to his heavenly-voiced partner, Eddie Kendricks, Ruffin sang as if every word was a plea — pain and desperation filled his lead vocals on "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "(I Know) I'm Losing You" and "I Wish It Would Rain." "His voice had a certain glorious anguish that spoke to people on many emotional levels," says Daryl Hall, who briefly recorded and performed with Ruffin in the Eighties. "I heard in [his voice] a strength my own voice lacked," said Marvin Gaye, who added that Ruffin's work "made me remember that when a lot of women listen to music, they want to feel the power of a real man."