*(Via Michigan Chronicle) – On July 22, 1970, former Temptations lead singer David Ruffin moved into a home in Detroit’s University District at 17385 Parkside. Friday afternoon, the City of Detroit named the street after him between McNichols and Seven Mile.
The ceremony for the new “David Ruffin Avenue” was hosted by the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame and was the brainchild of founder LaMont Robinson. It was attended by Ruffin’s children, family, and friends and Motown stars Martha Reeves and Mary Wilson.
“I’ve always been a Temptations fan, so I thought it was the right thing to do and name the street after David Ruffin,” said Robinson. “He moved on the block 50 years ago and he loved it so much. It was fitting to honor one of the greatest singers of R&B music. I’d like to thank Mayor Duggan and the city for honoring my request, because more of our legends need to be honored.”
The home, just a couple of blocks off McNichols is still in good condition and has a new owner. But that did not stop David Ruffin Jr. from visiting it and taking photos of his childhood home. He and his sisters, Nedra Ruffin, Kimberly Ruffin, and Cheryl Ruffin-Robinson, were some of the many Ruffin family members in attendance, celebrating the life of their famous father.
“I lived in this house more than my daddy, because he was traveling all the time,” laughed Ruffin. “I have so many memories on this block and when I was looking through the windows of my former home, I thought about the times my dad and sisters had Christmas here and it’s always good to come back here. I hope one day that I can regain that property on what is now David Ruffin Avenue.”