Released in 1973 from the album, Neither One of Us, the song spent four weeks at number one on the Soul Singles chart during the spring of that year. The song was also one of their biggest crossover hits, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, behind “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” by Vicki Lawrence. It was one of the group’s last hits with Motown before leaving for Buddah Records. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
“You’re a Special Part of Me” was a successful duet single for soul singers and Motown label mates Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye, released in 1973. The original duet was one of the few originals featured on their famed album, Diana & Marvin, and was among the most successful of the songs the Motown label mates made reaching #4 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart and #12 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.
There are several mixes of this song which have been released: the single mix, the album mix, the Japanese Quadraphonic album mix, and an alternate mix released in 1995 on the “Motown Year By Year: 1973” CD, which clocks in at 4:29.
The Ruffin Brothers – I Am My Brothes Keeper (OG Ad for the single “Stand By Me”)
The Ruffin Brothers – I Am My Brothes Keeper (Color cover)
Damn, is David’s head really that much smaller than Jimmy’s head?
Anyway, I just listened to this entire record and it was soulful for sure…just wasn’t the most amazing LP I’ve ever heard. I could def chop some of it up into some hot tracks, which I may do, but as far as listening to it again…it’s gonna get buried in my itunes so it’ll resurface here and there. I think my favorite joint on here is definitely “Your Love Was Worth Waiting For” as I like the song and these brothers were doing their thing.
If you want to grab the album, download it here.
Btw, I’m a huge fan of David Ruffin….his life, his music, The Temptations, and his legacy as one of the best voices of all time. RIP Mr. Ruffin.
The Ruffin Brothers – Didn’t I Blow Your Mind (This Time):