1966: What Becomes of the Brokenhearted By Jimmy Ruffin

Composed by William Weatherspoon, Paul Riser and James Dean. The song is about the struggle to overcome sadness while seeking a new relationship after a breakup. It was composed with the intention that the rhythm and blues vocal group The Spinners record the song. However, Jimmy Ruffin persuaded co-composer James Dean to let him record the song as its anguished lyric about a man lost in the misery of heartbreak resonated with the singer. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted originally featured a spoken introduction by Jimmy Ruffin. This was removed from the final mix, hence the unusually long instrumental introduction on the released version.

Chart History (1966)Peak Position
Canada18
France2
United Kingdom8
USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart7
USA Billboard R&B / Hip-Hop Songs Chart6
USA Cashbox Top 100 Chart9
USA Record World Chart7
Chart History (1974)Peak Position
Ireland20
United Kingdom4