“What Becomes of The Brokenhearted” Performed by Paul Young (1991), Joan Osborne & The Funk Brothers (2002), Rod Stewart (2009) & Jimmy Ruffin (1966)

May 31, 2012


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British born blue-eyed soul singer Paul Young has a nice cover version of  “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” that appeared on the Official Soundtrack from the 1991 hit movie “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

~2002

Now please enjoy Joan Osborne  singing her cover of “WBOTB.” Osborne appeared in both the award winning “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” film and soundtrack about the Motown House Band “The Funk Brothers”.   Being no stranger to cover tunes, Osborne also released her own CD of great soul tunes in 2002 entitled “How Sweet It Is.” I highly recommend it if you haven’t heard it yet. Great voice. Great song interpreter!

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Rod Stewart’s  cover of “WBOTB” appeared on his 2009 release “Soulbook.” I like Rod’s singing style — not only his originals from the Sixties and Seventies, but his many cover cds for the last two decades that are part of my music collection. This one is no exception.

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#6 R&B, #7 Pop

Last and most def not least OSML presents the originator of this Motown Classic — Jimmy Ruffin (big brother of Temptation David Ruffin). First watch the live performance by Jimmy Ruffin in 1975 performing “WBOTBH.” followed by a link to hear the Ruffin’s  1966 single release.

This Motown classic track was composed by William Weatherspoon, Paul Riser and James Dean. I wonder if these men knew they were writing a song that would  span so many generations — in fact is has spanned centuries! ;-)

I also wonder, when I listen to the great Jimmy Ruffin sing, what would have happened if he had become a member of the Temptations instead of his baby brother?

Musically Yours,

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