Relive Jimmy Ruffin’s 1969 Live Of “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”
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“What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” is a Motown track written by William Weatherspoon, Paul Riser, and James Dean given to a then-rising star Jimmy Ruffin to perform. Ruffin was the brother of former Temptations’ member, David Ruffin, who was also a Motown singer. Jimmy is best known for this track.
The song tells us about the pain of a broken heart who once had a love that is now long gone. It reminds us to overcome the sadness and to move on, hopefully finding a new love to make us complete. The song was among the many Motown hits that get a seldom revival, mostly covered by artists on the later generations.
Originally, the song was supposed to have spoken poetry as an introduction, but the final remix cut it, therefore its length was reduced to 3 minutes. But on the rerelease of the song for the 2003 Jimmy Ruffin – The Ultimate Motown Collection, the introduction was as follows:
“A world filled with love is a wonderful sight.
Being in love is one’s heart’s delight.
But that look of love isn’t on my face.
That enchanted feeling has been replaced.”
Below, we can listen and watch Jimmy Ruffin’s 1969 performance of his hit “What Comes of the Brokenhearted.”