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The Spinners

The Spinners were the greatest soul group of the early '70s, creating a body of work that defined the lush, seductive sound of Philly soul. Ironically, the band's roots lay in Detroit, where they formed as a doo wop group during the late '50s. Throughout the '60s, the Spinners tried to land a hit by adapting to the shifting fashions of R&B and pop. By the mid-'60s, they had signed with Motown Records, but the label never gave the group much consideration. "It's a Shame" became a hit in 1970, but the label continued to ignore the group, and dropped the band two years later. Unsigned and featuring new lead singer Phillipe Wynne, the Spinners seemed destined to never break into the big leagues, but they managed to sign with Atlantic Records, where they began working with producer Thom Bell. With his assistance, the Spinners developed a distinctive sound, one that relied on Wynne's breathtaking falsetto and the group's intricate vocal harmonies. Bell provided the group with an appropriately detailed production, creating a detailed web of horns, strings, backing vocals, and lightly funky rhythms. Between 1972 and 1977, the Spinners and Bell recorded a number of soul classics, including "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "Mighty Love," "Ghetto Child," "Then Came You," "Games People Play," and "The Rubberband Man." Wynne left in 1977 and the Spinners had hits for a few years after his departure, but the group will always be remembered for its classic mid-'70s work.

Originally, called the Domingoes, the Spinners formed when the quintet members were high school students in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale in 1957. At the time, the group featured Bobbie Smith, Pervis Jackson, George W. Dixon, Billy Henderson, and Henry Fambrough. Four years later, they came to the attention of producer Harvey Fuqua, who began recording the group -- who were now called the Spinners -- for his Tri-Phi Records. The band's first single, "That's What Girls Are Made For," became a Top Ten R&B hit upon its 1961 release and featured Smith on vocals. Following its release, Dixon was replaced by Edgar "Chico" Edwards. Over the next few years, the group released a series of failed singles, and when Tri-Phi was bought out by Motown in the mid-'60s, the Spinners became part of the larger company's roster. By that time, Edwards had been replaced by G.C. Cameron.

Though the Spinners had some R&B hits at Motown during the late '60s, including "I'll Always Love You" and "Truly Yours," they didn't have a genuine crossover success until 1970, when Stevie Wonder gave the group "It's a Shame." Motown never concentrated on the Spinners, and they let the group go in 1972. Before the band signed with Atlantic Records, Phillipe Wynne replaced Cameron as the group's lead vocalist. Wynne had previously sung with Catfish and Bootsy Collins.

At Atlantic Records, the Spinners worked with producer Thom Bell, who gave the group a lush, seductive sound, complete with sighing strings, a tight rhythm section, sultry horns, and a slight funk underpinning. Wynne quickly emerged as a first-rate soul singer, and the combination of the group's harmonies, Wynne's soaring leads, and Bell's meticulous production made the Spinners the most popular soul group of the '70s. Once the group signed with Atlantic, they became a veritable hit machine, topping the R&B and pop charts with songs like "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "One of a Kind (Love Affair)," "Ghetto Child," "Rubberband Man," and "You're Throwing a Good Love Away." Not only were their singles hits, but their albums constantly went gold and charted in the Top 20.

Wynne left the band to pursue a solo career in 1977; he was replaced by John Edwards. Though none of Wynne's solo records were big hits, his tours with Parliament-Funkadelic were well received, as were his solo concerts. In October 1984, he died of a heart attack during a concert in Oakland, California. The Spinners, meanwhile, had a number of minor hits in the late '70s, highlighted by their disco covers of "Working My Way Back to You" and the medley "Cupid/I've Loved You for a Long Time." During the early '80s, they had several minor hits before fading away from the charts and entering the oldies circuit, reprising their earlier material for 1999's new studio effort At Their Best. Bobbie Smith, who sang lead on several of the Spinners' '70s hits including "I'll Be Around" and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," died from complications of pneumonia and influenza in March 2013. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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In England they were billed as The Detroit Spinners because there was already a group called The Spinners (a folk group). I still love their music all these years later.
To my bro Robert, miss those great talks , R.I.P.
Remember dancing to this side, gd ole days
So true.
R & B Love the Horn...Sax and Jazzy
ethelddunham
It took me a long time to learn!
The are so wonderful!!
They for real no joke!
come back spinners i need you god bless dionne where aer u
Their for REAL!
LUVS ME SME SPINNERS
Love the stylistics
the spinners will be one of my all time favorite groups, plus they are from my hometown area Detroit.
doylegurl
We need music like this now in the world. Its no longer about love but self hate
saundraevans
Thanks
Disneyland 1974 greatest. Time! THANK YOU GUYS !!
great music
Michelle comments.... . t h e words!!"
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That'd is old school
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Background music at Grahams Barber College Spinners got everybody young and old humming. Sooo cool get this feeling in a public place.
I am on cloud 10 now!!!head is spinning, Go spinners ever fresh!
nancyweissbe i n
Oldies makes you want to jam.
I just love old school songs. They make you feel so good!
one of a kind - ooh
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Stag hoc HBO
Great music!
Great music!
Can't touch it
I love my old music.
listen to the spinners greatest hits it will make you feel so good - go dionne
Ol skool sound still the best... cant compare
Did Pandora erase the lyrics because the majority of it is inaccurate? Hmm
Love it
I made my choice, NOW ITS UP TO YOU..BUT I WON'T WAIT TOO LONG. WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Love love the Spinners..mi s s this music.
rmerchant1
I really enjoyed the Spimners at Georgia National Fair in Perry last week. Brought back lots of memories. Keep doin what you do.
rmerchant1
Bobby was truly the lead singer in the group. I think he was so disrespected by replacing lead singers over the years. Thanks to TV1 who gave a great history as unsung biography of the group for the record .
graciousinph i l l y
graciousinph i l l y

I LOVE> LOVE the Spinners.
Cool. ..........
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Ooooooh could it be? Diz song izda shizzznitzz ��
Like rain ? Then burn natural wooden logs in a free air enviroinment like outside and after two days, it will begin to rain and our drout will be no more, all in season of course
Ol school music is too smooth
Great Music
They don't make them like they use to , now these are considered oldies or one hit wonders.
Yep frigid motown the best
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