Saturday, 8 January 2011

NS527 Jimmy Ruffin [196?] - He Who Picks A Rose [Soul Unreleased]

527 Jimmy Ruffin [196?] - He Who Picks A Rose [Soul Unreleased]

b/w: ?
Format: 45
Label: Soul
Cat No:S-20661
Value: £10

Originally recorded, but unreleased, by Jimmy Ruffin (on Soul?) and later released by Edwin Starr on Gordy and appeared on his '25 Miles' LP.  The Carstairs recorded a version on Okeh.

Jimmy is the elder brother of ex Temptation David Ruffin. 'He Who Picks A Rose' featured on The Temptations' 1968 'I Wish It Would Rain' LP.  He is best known for his 1966 Motown hit 'What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted' which was originally written for The (Detroit) Spinners.  He was never able to repeat it's success and was more popular in the UK than US. He left Motown in 1974, had a hit on Chess / Polydor with 'Tell Me What You Want'  and another on RSO 'Hold On To Love' 1980 and eventually moved to the UK in the 80s.

This track is available on a white label Soul reissue (bootleg?) or on Jimmy Ruffin The Motown Anthology CD released in 2004.

Edwin Starr - He Who Picks A Rose [Gordy]

Carstairs - He Who Picks A Rose [Okeh]

The Carstairs performing The Salvadors 'Stick By Me Baby' live @ Blackpool Mecca 1998

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