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David Ruffin (Davis Eli Ruffin)

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Biography

Wyanot, Mississippi, USA
The man most of us know by his unmistakable, calming yet disturbed raspy voice was born Davis Eli Ruffin on January 18, 1941, in Whynot, Mississippi. His father, Eli Ruffin, was a Baptist minister. Only months after his birth his mother Ophelia Ruffin died, and his father later remarried, to a schoolteacher.

David began singing and touring at a very young age with his father and siblings in a gospel group. Leaving home at 13 to pursue the ministry, it was David's select showmanship that caught the eyes of some in the secular music industry. Read more...

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The Temptations 1998

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Character: Himself - Guest Performer

Laugh-In 1967

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