Walk Away From Love

David Ruffin

About Walk Away From Love

"Walk Away from Love" is a 1975 song recorded by American singer David Ruffin. The million-selling single, produced by Van McCoy and written by Charles Kipps, was number one on the US R&B Singles Chart for one week in early 1976, and crossed over to #9 on the Pop Charts. In Canada, the song peaked at #30."Walk Away from Love" was Ruffin's only number-one R&B hit, and only one of two Top 10 pop hits for Ruffin on the Billboard Hot 100, the other being "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)", which also peaked at #9. The song was his only solo entry into the UK charts, where it was a top ten hit as well, and peaked at #10 in early 1976. The backing vocals were performed by the disco group Faith, Hope & Charity. 


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It's not that I don't love you,you know how much I do. And it's not that I've found someone to take the place of you.It's just a fear that builds within me everytime you touch my hand.And a dread that shakes my body,that even I don't understand,so I'm leaving.This time I'm playing it smart.I'm gonna walk away from love before love breaks my heart.
Oh you're clenging to me tighter than you ever have before.I don't understand it.But I know it's gonna take everything I've got to keep walking out the door.But those arms you've got around me will let me go someday.And I'd rather leave you holding on,than pushing me away,so I'm leaving yes I am.This time I'm playing it smart.I'm gonna walk away from love before love breaks my heart.

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David Ruffin

Davis Eli "David" Ruffin (January 18, 1941 – June 1, 1991) was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of the Temptations from 1964 to 1968 (or the group's "Classic Five" period as it was later known). He was the lead voice on such famous songs as "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." Known for his unique raspy and anguished tenor vocals, Ruffin was ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2008. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 for his work with the Temptations. Fellow Motown recording artist Marvin Gaye once said admiringly of Ruffin that, "I heard in [his voice] a strength my own voice lacked." more »

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10 facts about this song

Genre Category
"Walk Away from Love" is a soul and R&B song, demonstrating David Ruffin's mastery in these genres.
Release Date Fact
The song was released in 1975 and it is included in the album "Who I Am".
Songwriter Fact
"Walk Away from Love" was written by Charles Kipps, who created many memorable tracks for soul and R&B artists.
Billboard Ranking
The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart, proving its popularity and status as a hit.
Recording Label Fact
"Walk Away from Love" was produced and released under the iconic Motown Records, a prominent label for soul music.
Producer Information
The song was produced by Van McCoy, a widely respected figure in the disco and soul music scene.
Vocal Performance
The song showcases David Ruffin's unique vocal range and powerful emotional delivery, which became his signature in his career.
Backing Vocals
The female backing vocals heard in "Walk Away from Love" were provided by the group Faith, Hope & Charity, adding a nice contrasting texture to the song.
Legacy Fact
"Walk Away from Love" is considered one of David Ruffin's biggest solo hits, cementing his place in soul and R&B history.
Song Theme
The song explores themes of ending a relationship and the struggle of letting go, resonating with many listeners who have experienced similar emotions.

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