Monday, October 19, 2009

Joan Osborne: What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted?

Another Monday and another cover tune. This time it is Joan Osborne with “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?”

My friend and colleague Vanessa Thompson sent this to me the other day and I don’t think I’ve ever heard a better cover of this Jimmy Ruffin hit from 1966. Ruffin scored a top-ten record in the US and the UK with song charting at 7 and 8 respectively.

The song was originally intended for the Spinners, but Ruffin requested that he be given a shot at the song. It ended up being the best known recording by Jimmy who was also brother of Temptations’ lead vocalist, David Ruffin.

Joan’s version comes from the documentary that chronicles the work of Motown’s session musicians known as the Funk Brothers. Released in 2002, “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” also features the Louisville area native singing the Martha and the Vandellas’ classic “Heatwave.”

Like I did, enjoy this one. Thanks Vanessa.

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