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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 2, 1991
Just as every Temptations fan has his or her favorite single, each of us is likely to remember the sound of David Ruffin in a different way. For some, he'll always be the embodiment of romantic optimism describing "sunshine on a cloudy day" in the first verse of "My Girl;" for others, he'll be the epitome of soulful insistence, a singer who got so caught up in the spirit of "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" that his voice actually broke as he sang the words, "I...
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June 16, 2004
On June 11, 2004; DAVID A., SR; beloved husband of Ernestine L. Ruffin; devoted father of Mary Ann Ruffin, Ada R. Stewart, David Stewart, David Ruffin, Jr., James Cobb, Rufus Cobb and Willie Cobb. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Friends may call at the Gary P. March Funeral Home, 270 Fredhilton Pass on Wednesday from 10 AM until 7 PM. Family will receive friends at the above chapel on Thursday from 11:30 AM until 12 noon.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 7, 1991
Did he, or didn't he?Did the late David Ruffin sing on the Temptations single "Cloud Nine," as my appreciation last Sunday said? Or was it Dennis Edwards doing the singing, as the "Cloud Nine" album notes (and many Sun readers) claim?And why would there be any doubt over who sang what in the first place?To answer the last question first, let's go back to Saturday afternoon when I first heard that Ruffin had died of an apparent overdose. Given two hours to write my article, I turned to my reference library - in particular to Nelson George's "Where Did Our Love Go?"
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By GREGORY KANE | November 4, 1998
I FLASHED MY daylong bus pass at the subway station attendant just as I noticed the tune he was singing, only slightly above a whisper."I never heard about or caught her playing. "A line from the Temptations' "The Girl's Alright With Me," quite possibly the most exquisite song ever recorded."Ah, a Tempts tune," I said. "Did you watch the movie?""Didn't everybody?" he answered.No doubt most die-hard Temptations fans did. Others simply wouldn't have to. There wasn't much the NBC miniseries "The Temptations" could tell die-hard Tempts fans that we didn't already know.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,Joe Nawrozki is a member of the staff of The Evening Sun | June 6, 1991
THE LONG, thin body rolled into the emergency room of a Philadelphia hospital last Saturday had bright, multicolored Bermuda shorts, lime green sport shirt and white sneakers. He carried no identification.After he was pronounced dead, the doctors released the body to the city's medical examiner's office. In the routine of such procedures, it was tagged "John Doe."Not until the afternoon, when the FBI fingerprints came back, did the body get a name: Davis Eli Ruffin, 50, place of birth, Meridian, Miss.
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June 16, 2004
On June 11, 2004; DAVID A., SR; beloved husband of Ernestine L. Ruffin; devoted father of Mary Ann Ruffin, Ada R. Stewart, David Stewart, David Ruffin, Jr., James Cobb, Rufus Cobb and Willie Cobb. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Friends may call at the Gary P. March Funeral Home, 270 Fredhilton Pass on Wednesday from 10 AM until 7 PM. Family will receive friends at the above chapel on Thursday from 11:30 AM until 12 noon.
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By GREGORY KANE | November 4, 1998
I FLASHED MY daylong bus pass at the subway station attendant just as I noticed the tune he was singing, only slightly above a whisper."I never heard about or caught her playing. "A line from the Temptations' "The Girl's Alright With Me," quite possibly the most exquisite song ever recorded."Ah, a Tempts tune," I said. "Did you watch the movie?""Didn't everybody?" he answered.No doubt most die-hard Temptations fans did. Others simply wouldn't have to. There wasn't much the NBC miniseries "The Temptations" could tell die-hard Tempts fans that we didn't already know.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 7, 1992
Last year, Eddie Kendricks sat in a pew in Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, hunched over and weeping steadily as he said farewell to David Ruffin -- his singing partner in and out of the Temptations.Ruffin's death was "tough on Eddie," said a friend seated nearby. "They've been through a lot together. They loved each other, hated each other, but they were always better together than they were apart."At 10:35 p.m. Monday, Mr. Kendricks joined his partner in death, succumbing to lung cancer in Birmingham, Ala. He was 52.Mr.
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February 25, 1995
Melvin Franklin, 52, an original member of the Temptations whose deep voice anchored the harmonies on such hits as "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and "My Girl," died Thursday in Los Angeles after a series of seizures. Born David English, he sang with the Elgins, later called the Primes, who began recording for Detroit's Motown Records in 1960. Two years later, the group reformed as the Temptations.The group, which for much of its heyday featured Franklin, Otis Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams and David Ruffin, recorded 43 Top 10 singles.
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By David Zurawik | December 5, 1998
Even a bad television season has its moments. Here are some of the best and worst at the halfway mark:The oldest show dying the slowest death: "Mad About You." Last year, we told them to ditch the baby. But did they listen? Nooooooo. It has been sinking in the ratings almost since the day the kid left the hospital.The most promising new sitcom: This isn't saying much given the current crop, but ABC's "Sports Night" is starting to build a following. I still hate the fact that it is ABC and Disney celebrating the sports-channel culture they own with their ESPN holdings, but it has style and clever writing.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 7, 1992
Last year, Eddie Kendricks sat in a pew in Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, hunched over and weeping steadily as he said farewell to David Ruffin -- his singing partner in and out of the Temptations.Ruffin's death was "tough on Eddie," said a friend seated nearby. "They've been through a lot together. They loved each other, hated each other, but they were always better together than they were apart."At 10:35 p.m. Monday, Mr. Kendricks joined his partner in death, succumbing to lung cancer in Birmingham, Ala. He was 52.Mr.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 7, 1991
Did he, or didn't he?Did the late David Ruffin sing on the Temptations single "Cloud Nine," as my appreciation last Sunday said? Or was it Dennis Edwards doing the singing, as the "Cloud Nine" album notes (and many Sun readers) claim?And why would there be any doubt over who sang what in the first place?To answer the last question first, let's go back to Saturday afternoon when I first heard that Ruffin had died of an apparent overdose. Given two hours to write my article, I turned to my reference library - in particular to Nelson George's "Where Did Our Love Go?"
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,Joe Nawrozki is a member of the staff of The Evening Sun | June 6, 1991
THE LONG, thin body rolled into the emergency room of a Philadelphia hospital last Saturday had bright, multicolored Bermuda shorts, lime green sport shirt and white sneakers. He carried no identification.After he was pronounced dead, the doctors released the body to the city's medical examiner's office. In the routine of such procedures, it was tagged "John Doe."Not until the afternoon, when the FBI fingerprints came back, did the body get a name: Davis Eli Ruffin, 50, place of birth, Meridian, Miss.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 2, 1991
Just as every Temptations fan has his or her favorite single, each of us is likely to remember the sound of David Ruffin in a different way. For some, he'll always be the embodiment of romantic optimism describing "sunshine on a cloudy day" in the first verse of "My Girl;" for others, he'll be the epitome of soulful insistence, a singer who got so caught up in the spirit of "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" that his voice actually broke as he sang the words, "I...
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By Los Angeles Times | October 6, 1992
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Eddie Kendricks, whose soaring falsetto was one of the signatures of the Temptations' remarkable vocal versatility, has died at age 52.Mr. Kendricks was a founding member and lead singer of the singing group that played such an integral role in the early history of Motown Records.A spokeswoman for Baptist Medical Center-Princeton said the singer died of lung cancer last night. Mr. Kendricks, a native of Birmingham, had been hospitalized since Sept. 25. Another early Motown artist, singer Stevie Wonder, had visited him Saturday.
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By VICKI WELLFORD | June 14, 1994
Congratulations are in order for the following 11 Arundel Senior High School students who placed in various art categories in the Anne Arundel County 1994 Media Festival that was held in May:* Life Studies: Courtney Saunders, first place; Mandy Frey, second place; Danielle Conrad, third place; and Carrie Barnes, Wendy Gridley, Melissa Keeney, Christine Linder, Christine Plumb and Angel Ogden, honorable mention.* Still Life: Linder, second place; Ogden, third place; and Plumb, honorable mention.
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