Song / What Becomes Of the Broken Hearted
Robson & Jerome / What Becomes Of The Broken hearted
"What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" is a hit single recorded by Jimmy Ruffin and released on Motown Records' Soul label in the summer of 1966. It is a ballad, with lead singer Jimmy Ruffin recalling the pain that befalls the brokenhearted, who had love that's now departed. The song essentially deals with the struggle to overcome sadness while seeking a new relationship after a breakup.
The tune was written by William Weatherspoon, Paul Riser, and James Dean, and the recording was produced by Weatherspoon and William "Mickey" Stevenson. "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" remains one of the most-revived of Motown's hits.
The song was a top 10 hit in both the UK and US.
In 1996 British duo Robson & Jerome released their version as a triple A single with "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Saturday Night At The Movies". The single entered the UK chart at #1 where it spent two weeks on top and 18 weeks on the chart overall.