The Spinners were a great soul act whose origins go back to the late-1950s and the doo-wop vocal movement. Although the group never saw the same commercial success as many of its contemporaries, they did score a number of Top 40 hits over a period of… Read more
The Spinners were a great soul act whose origins go back to the late-1950s and the doo-wop vocal movement. Although the group never saw the same commercial success as many of its contemporaries, they did score a number of Top 40 hits over a period of ten years. The members would adopt the name the Spinners and sign with Motown, where they recorded a number of albums in the 1960s. Motown, for some reason, always put them on the back burner (focusing on the Four Tops and the Temptations) even after they scored a hit with the song, "It's A Shame."
It wasn't until after several personnel changes and a switch to Atlantic Records (where they were paired with Philly recording producer, Thom Bell), that the hits started coming. "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love," "Then Came You" (recorded as a duet with Dionne Warwick), "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)," "Games People Play," "Mighty Love," and "Rubber Band Man" are just some of the mega-hits the band had on both pop and soul charts.
During most of the years the band had hits, their tracks were cut with Philippé Wynne on lead vocals. Between the 1975 appearance and this 1977 appearance, Wynne had left to pursue a solo career. Sadly, Wynne would die of a heart attack while performing in Oakland in 1984, and Pervis Jackson, the band's bass baritone, died of cancer on August 18, 2008. In 2004, original member Billy Henderson was dismissed after suing the group's corporation and business manager to obtain financial records. He died due to complications from diabetes on February 2, 2007 at the age of 67. A new version of the Spinners, led by original members, Henry Fambrough and Bobbie Smith, continues to perform around the world.