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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 By that time, Edwards had been replaced by G.C. Cameron.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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Shamar
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When ever you call me, I'll be there.....I' l l be around......

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:)
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This is real music! Really enjoy it!
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209ricm
Mighty love
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Another set of Trail blazers ... They're such an intricate part of my pleasant childhood memories. Thank you, Soul singers!
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feliciasthe1
Good Music:)
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This is great stuff. Nuthin but b**ches, hos, twerking, and jewelry now.
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One of my all time favorite groups
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If it weren't for recordings, this generation wouldn't know what they missed
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sam marvin and the spinners noone will relace them watch pbs 25 year anniversary for motown it will amazw you
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Just go old school be happy in today time
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Our music from the 60's thu 70's will never, ever fade away! My great niece who's 21 loves some of this music. As long as the parents of the younger generation keep playing our music it will outlive all of us. Keep it going kids!!! Thank you Pandora for giving us a choice and generations of the best music ever recorded. Wow my Barry White is singing"can' t get enough of your love". I have the chills, the good ones!!!!
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One of the smoothest grooves ever with a Congo beat that thumps the heart. .. mmm good stuff
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"Could it Be..." always brings a smile to my face
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One of a kind
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sunrise498
Don't like them
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Love old music ,just my style.
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dthinksbig
I have always loved the Spinners.... g r e a t stuff!
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Good Ole Days
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What I'm feeling myself tonight.
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Yeah come on now!!!! what about Dear Sadie!!!! - they never said nothing in the bio about that joint!!! Who writes these bio' s anyway???? They be leaving out a lot of missing information. You can't do bio by looking up there backgrounds, you got to know the singers and truly experience the time where they was at!!!!!!
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How about sadie
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This make think of big bro
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It's a damn shame!
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y-spencer1
Love these songs they will always be good music.
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70s never going to let go!!
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Z.
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FOR YOU AND YOU AND EVEN YOU!!! ILL BE AROUND!!!
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ILL BE AROUND!!!!
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Yep nice song
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Love this song!
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The seventies had some of the best dance music. Loved that decade.
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" I feel that one day!!!"..... Babyy babby!"
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70s 80s the best times for me .I love music.....
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I love these songs from the 70 & 80. They remind me of my good old days.
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I agree David !
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david.blahni k
The 60's and 70's are still my favorite decades for soul, pop, rock, country, all of it
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My two favorite are mighty love and rubberband Man
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How do I do you, it's a shame
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I love them from a FAM
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I'll be there my babe anytime.
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I'm only 25, but I have an old soul. i love this song!
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Everything happens for a reason i was holding myself from being Loved ...
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It's been a long time i haven't been in love... more than 18 years ago ... but one thing for sure i love the way i feel i can finally say i love to feel LOVED and i can't help it..... definitely i am open to love .
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tomevans54
Phillipe Wynn. THE VOICE. Peep him on Funkadelics Knee Deep. Something about the music moves me. Can this be me, immersed in funk so deep?
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Love the old school. Used to listen while my dad in the car. Him singing off key. Memories! Grateful for his good taste in music!!
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