Mica Paris sings virtual duet “Brokenhearted” with Jimmy Ruffin, RPO

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An advanced second track has been shared from the upcoming album A symphony of soul, which presents classics from the famous Motown catalog reinvented with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It is jimmy ruffinTimeless “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” now includes additional vocals from British soul star Mica Paris.

The 11-track set was produced by Grammy-winning Brian Rawling and uses the original vocal performances of many Motown greats, such as the supremes, the four peaks, the temptationsand Smokey Robinson and Miracles.

The new version of Recording of Ruffin in 1966 follows the recent appearance of Marvin Gaye’s 1969 recording of “Abraham Martin & John”, newly accompanied by another British soul favourite, Beverley Knight.

“What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” was written by William Weatherspoon, Paul Riser and James Dean, and recorded in February 1966 with producers Weatherspoon and William “Mickey” Stevenson. It became the signature hit of Ruffin, the older brother of David of the Temptations, reaching the Top 10 on the R&B and pop charts in the United States. It went to No. 8 in the UK and No. 2 in France. A 1974 reissue took the song even higher in the UK bestsellers, at No. 4.

A 1992 cover by British soul-pop star Paul Young also became a substantial hit in the US, fueled by its appearance on the hit film’s soundtrack. Fried green tomatoes. It became Young’s third No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. The song has attracted countless other covers from artists ranging from Tom Jones for Joe Cocker and Joan Osborne to Frankie Valli.

A 1981 synthesizer-based rendition by Dave Stewart (not the future Eurythmics member) and Colin Blunstone, the former and future lead singer of The Zombies, reached No. 13 in the UK. Then in 1996, the song provided a UK No. 1 for actor-turned-chart stars Robson & Jerome.

Pre-order A symphony of soul, which comes out November 19.

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