Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"Hold On To My Love" by Jimmy Ruffin

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0076
Date:  03/01/1980
Debut:  63
Peak:  10
Weeks:  14
Genre:  R&B, Pop



Pop Bits:  Jimmy Ruffin was supposed to be in the Temptations when they lost a member, but the label heard his brother David and gave the job to him. Jimmy went on to pursue a solo career and had a major hit with "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" in 1966. But he had little solo success in the US beyond that. However, in the UK he had better luck and he recorded more specifically for that market having several Top 10 hits. His only other US Top 10 was this song, which ended up being his last chart entry.

ReduxReview:  This is a good, upbeat comeback song - kind of like when Donna Summer updated her sound and came out with "This Time I Know It's for Real." It is danceable and well-sung, but nothing outstanding. It is one of the few 80s Top 10 hits that I had never heard before.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Barry Gibb was not the only Gibb brother who could write and produce hits for other artists. Brother Robin co-produced Ruffin's "Sunrise" album and co-wrote this hit.

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