What Becomes of the Brokenhearted – Challenge #197

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In 1966, ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’ was written for the Detroit Spinners, but Jimmy Ruffin who was the older brother of Temptations lead singer David Ruffin persuaded the writers (William Henry Weatherspoon, Paul Riser & James Anthony Dean) to let him record it.  At the time they were all hustling for material, so Jimmy walked up to the guy who wrote the lyrics, James Dean, while he was singing the rhythm track alongside the producer William Weatherspoon.  Jimmy was told that the song was intended for The Spinners, but he told them that he thought he could do a better job with the recording.  They let him try and they liked the way he sang it, so about two weeks later they finished recording it and getting the strings put on it.  This song is filled with heartache and misery, as Jimmy Ruffin’s love has departed, he is alone, in pain…

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