This is hilarious. I saw it originally at the Millennium Dome, when it was still called that in 2000. I couldn’t stop laughing. I suppose the ridiculous little underpants help the comedic effect!
You pick up all sorts of bits of trivia from the “Professor of Pop”, Paul Gambaccini on Radio 2’s “Pick of the Pops”.
Before playing Jimmy Ruffin’s “What becomes of the broken hearted” the other day, he imparted this trivia gem.
As explained by the great Gambo, the reason Ruffin’s classic has such a long instrumental introduction is that, originally, over the instruments and backing vocals, there was a spoken introduction by Jimmy Ruffin, before he started singing.
But then somebody said that the record sounded better without the spoken introduction, so they released the record without it.
Paul Gambaccini mentioned that the original version, with the spoken intro, is on YouTube.
Here it is: