He is mentioned on Nas's "Hip Hop is Dead" album on the song "Blunt Ashes".
When David died in June of 1991, Michael Jackson partially covered some of his funeral expenses, at which Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder performed.
He always remained good friends with fellow Temptation singer Eddie Kendricks.
His father was a Baptist Minister.
He created the four-headed microphone.
Contrary to popular belief, he was not part of the original lineup of the Temptations.
One of his trademarks is his raspy tenor/baritone singing voice.
He worked up such a sweat recording the song "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" that, according to Otis Williams, his glasses were falling off his face.
His trademark was his black-rimmed glasses.
His signature move during his performances was to spin around, tossing the microphone from one hand to the other, drop to the floor with a leg split, and then rise back up.
His favorite actor was Richard Burton.
His favorite actress was Sophia Loren.
His first marriage was to Sandra Ruffin.
He felt that he should become the focal point of the Temptations, just as Diana Ross was for her group, and began demanding that the group name be changed to David Ruffin & the Temptations.
It has been said that David had a separate contract from his fellow Temptations members.
David's ego problems drove a wedge between him and the rest of "The Temptations".
David once was a drummer for "The Temptations".
He was the youngest of three sons.
David was portrayed by actor Leon Robinson in the 1998 movie "The Temptations".
"My Girl" became the group's first #1 single and its signature song.
Former band member Melvin Franklin was David's distant cousin.
He left home at the age of 14.
David sang with the Dixie Hummingbirds.
Smokey Robinson wrote the single "My Girl" especially for David to sing lead on.
He was nicknamed "Ruff" by the group The Temptations.
He is romantically linked to R&B singer Tammi Terrell.
David: But they're just cheating the public now, People still expect Eddie, Paul and me when they see the Temptations. They are the voices they know although, in all honesty, Dennis Edwards can be considered a true Temptation.
David: At the beginning of the first couple of shows by myself, I'd be singing and then make a move as if to go into the background, but there wasn't any background. In the first couple of shows, that was missed. Now when I walk on . . . I have more room to walk.
David: Sometimes an artist is lost and needs to find a new direction for himself or his music.