David Ruffin discography

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David Ruffin discography
Studio albums 12
Compilation albums 5
Singles 35

This article is a discography for the work of former Temptations singer David Ruffin as a solo artist and in other group acts outside of The Temptations. It also includes a listing of his lead vocal recordings with The Temptations.

Solo discography[edit]


David Ruffin

Year Album Chart positions

U.S. 200

U.S. R&B
1969 My Whole World Ended
  • First studio album
  • Released on May 1, 1969
  • Labels: Motown
31 1
Feelin' Good
  • Second studio album
  • Released in November 1969
  • Labels: Motown
148 9
1971 David
  • Previously un-released studio album
  • Released on June 25, 2004
  • Labels: Hip-O Records
1973 David Ruffin
  • Third studio album
  • Released in February 1973
  • Labels: Motown
160 34
1974 Me 'N Rock 'N Roll Are Here To Stay
  • Fourth studio album
  • Released in December 1974
  • Labels: Motown
1975 Who I Am
  • Fifth studio album
  • Released on October 1, 1975
  • Labels: Motown
31 5
1976 Everything's Coming Up Love
  • Sixth studio album
  • Released on May 1, 1976
  • Labels: Motown
51 16
1977 In My Stride
  • Seventh studio album
  • Released on June 1, 1977
  • Labels: Motown
1979 So Soon We Change 19
1980 Gentleman Ruffin 66

The Ruffin Brothers (David & Jimmy Ruffin)

Year Album Chart positions

U.S. 200

U.S. R&B
1970 I Am My Brother's Keeper
  • First and only studio album released by The Ruffin Brothers (David Ruffin and his brother Jimmy Ruffin)
  • Released in 1970
  • Labels: Soul (Motown)
178 15

Daryl Hall & John Oates with David Ruffin & Eddie Kendrick

Year Album Chart positions

U.S. 200

U.S. R&B
1985 Live at the Apollo 21 41

Ruffin & Kendrick

Year Album Chart positions

U.S. 200

U.S. R&B
1988 Ruffin & Kendrick 60


Year Album
1977 At His Best
  • Released in 1977
  • Labels: Motown
1998 The Ultimate Collection
  • Collection of Motown solo singles in original 45 RPM single formats
  • Released in 1998
  • Labels: Motown
2002 The Essential Collection
  • Europe and South Africa only
  • Released in 2002
  • Labels: Motown/Universal Music
2005 The Great David Ruffin: The Motown Solo Albums, Vol. 1
  • Compiles My Whole World Ended, Feelin' Good, David Ruffin, and Me 'N Rock 'N Roll Are Here To Stay
  • Released on August 26, 2005
  • Labels: Hip-O Select/Motown
2006 The Great David Ruffin: The Motown Solo Albums, Vol. 2
  • Compiles Who I Am, Everything's Coming Up Love, and In My Stride along with unreleased bonus tracks
  • Released in October 13, 2006
  • Labels: Hip-O Select/Motown


  • 1958: "Believe Me" b/w "You and I" (Vega 1002, as "Little David Bush")
  • 1960: "I'm In Love" b/w "One of These Days" (Anna 1127)
  • 1961: "Actions Speak Louder Than Words" b/w "You Can Get What I Got" (Check-Mate 1003)
  • 1962: "Knock You Out (With Love)" b/w "Mr. Bus Driver (Hurry)" (Check-Mate 1010)
  • 1969: "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)" b/w "I've Got to Find Myself a Brand New Baby" (Motown 1140)
  • 1969: "I've Lost Everything I've Ever Loved" b/w "We'll Have a Good Thing Going On" (Motown 1149)
  • 1969: "I'm So Glad I Fell for You" b/w "I Pray Everyday You Won't Regret Loving Me" (Motown 1158)
  • 1971: "Each Day is a Lifetime" b/w "Don't Stop Loving Me" (Motown 1187)
  • 1971: "You Can Come Right Back to Me" b/w "Dinah" (Motown 1187)
  • 1972: "Little More Trust" b/w "A Day in the Life of a Working Man" (Motown 1204F)
  • 1973: "Blood Donors Needed (Give All You Can)" b/w "Take Me Clear from Here" (Motown 1223F)
  • 1973: "Common Man" b/w "I'm Just a Mortal Man" (Motown 1259F)
  • 1974: "Me and Rock & Roll (Are Here to Stay)" b/w "Smiling Faces Sometimes" (Motown 1259F)
  • 1975: "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)" b/w "No Matter Where" (Motown 1259F)
  • 1975: "Walk Away from Love" b/w "Love Can Be Hazardous to Your Health" (Motown 1376F)
  • 1976: "Heavy Love" b/w "Love Can Be Hazardous To Your Health" (Motown 1388F)
  • 1976: "Everything's Coming Up Love" b/w "No Matter Where" (Motown 1393F)
  • 1976: "On and Off" b/w "Statue of a Fool" (Motown 1405F)
  • 1977: "Just Let Me Hold You For A Night" b/w "Rode by the Place (Where We Used to Stay)" (Motown 1420F)
  • 1977: "You're My Piece Of Mind" b/w "Statue of a Fool" (Motown 1435F)
  • 1977: "I Can't Stop the Rain"/"My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)" (UK/Netherlands only, TMG 1078)
  • 1979: "Sexy Dancer" b/w "Break My Heart" (Warner Bros. 49030)
  • 1979: "Chain on the Brain" b/w "So Excited" (Warner Bros. 49123)
  • 1980: "Slow Dance" b/w "Don't You Go Home" (Warner Bros. 49277)
  • 1991: "Hurt the One You Love" (12", Motorcity 33)

Group singles outside of The Temptations[edit]

The Voice Masters[edit]

Year Title Catalogue Number
1959 Hope and Pray/Oop's I'm Sorry Anna 101
1959 Needed/Needed (For Lovers Only) Anna 1012
1960 Everything About You/Orphan Boy Anna 1114
1960 Every Time/I'm Free Anna 1123
1960 In Love in Vain/Two Lovers Frisco 15235

The Ruffin Brothers (David & Jimmy Ruffin)[edit]

Year Title Catalogue Number
1970 Stand By Me/Your Love Was Worth Waiting For Soul 35076
1971 When My Love Hand Comes Down/Steppin' on a Dream Soul 35082

Daryl Hall & John Oates with David Ruffin & Eddie Kendrick[edit]

Year Title Record Label
1985 A Night At The Apollo Live! RCA Records

Ruffin & Kendrick[edit]

Year Title Record Label
1987 I Couldn't Believe It RCA Records
1988 One More For The Lonely Hearts Club RCA Records

Complete lead vocals with the Temptations[edit]

  • Later releases (found on the Emperors of Soul box set released in 1994 and the Lost and Found: You've Got to Earn It (1962–1968) LP released in 1999)
    • "I Got Heaven Right Here on Earth" (recorded in 1966, Eddie Kendrick, E. Holland)
    • "Angel Doll" (recorded in 1967) (Morris Broadnax, Clarence Paul, Stevie Wonder)
    • "What Am I Gonna Do Without You" (recorded in 1966, Hunter, Wonder)
    • "Love Is What You Make It" (Robinson)
    • "I Know She's Not a Mannequin" (John Bristol, Shena Dermell, Harvey Fuqua)
    • "Only a Lonely Man Would Know" (Hunter, Beatrice Verdi)
    • "That'll Be the Day" (recorded in 1965, Henry Cosby, Moy, Stevenson)
    • "We'll Be Satisfied" (recorded in 1967, Marc Gordon, F. Wilson) – shared with Eddie Kendrick and Paul Wiliams


  • Ribowsky, Mark (2010). Ain't Too Proud to Beg: The Troubled Lives and Enduring Soul of the Temptations. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.ISBN 978-0-470-26117-0.
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