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Encyclopedia > The Spinners (soul music)
The Spinners

Origin Detroit, USA
Years active 1957 – Present
Genre(s) R&B
Soul
Label(s) V.I.P./Motown
Atlantic
Members Billy Henderson
Henry Fambrough
Pervis Jackson
George Dixon
Bobbie Smith

The Spinners are a Detroit, Michigan -based soul band popular in the 1960s and 1970s. The band still tours as of 2006. Image File history File links Spinnerss. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Soul music is a combination of rhythm and blues and gospel which began in the late 1950s in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label that operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Henry Fambrough (born May 10, 1938) is a vocalist member of the R&B quintet The Spinners. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Motor City, Motown Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Michigan Wayne County Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 370. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... Soul music is a combination of rhythm and blues and gospel which began in the late 1950s in the United States. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Spinners are known in the United Kingdom as The Detroit Spinners or The Motown Spinners because a Liverpool based folk band had taken the name "The Spinners" in Britain during the 1960s. Liverpool waterfront by night, as seen from the Wirral. ... Folk Music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the common people. ... The Spinners were a folk group from Liverpool, United Kingdom. ...

Contents


History

In 1954 a group of friends in Ferndale High School in Detroit came together to make music. Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson, C.P. Spencer, and James Edwards called themselves The Domingoes. James Edwards lasted only a few weeks, and a couple of years later he would be replaced by Bobbie Smith who sang lead on most of the Spinners early records and some of their biggest hits as well. C.P. Spencer left the group shortly after and would later go on to be a member of the Voice Masters and The Originals. He was replaced by George Dixon. They would also rename themselves as The Spinners at this time, after the chrome hubcaps on Smith's 1951 Ford Crown Victoria. Henry Fambrough (born May 10, 1938) is a vocalist member of the R&B quintet The Spinners. ...


Quiet years

The Spinners first hit the charts in August of 1961 on Harvey Fuqua's Tri-Phi Records, with "That's What Girls Are Made For," peaking at number 27. Fuqua sang lead vocal on this track. The followup, "Love (I'm So Glad) I Found You" would reach number 91 that November. Harvey Fuqua, born July 27, 1929 in Louisville, Kentucky is an African-American soul singer, songwriter, record producer, and record label executive. ...


James Edwards' brother Edgar ("Chico") would replace Dixon in the group in 1963, at which time Tri-Phi and the entire artist roster was bought out by Berry Gordy of Motown Records. The Spinners were then assigned to the Motown label. Berry Gordy, Jr. ... Motown Records, Inc. ...


In 1964, they made their debut at the Apollo Theater and won instant acclaim, a rare feat at the time. But with the exception of "I'll Always Love You," which hit #35 in 1965, success mostly eluded them during the 1960s. In fact, during much of the decade they would be used by Motown as road managers, chaperones and chauffeurs for other groups, and even as shipping clerks. G.C. Cameron would replace Dixon in 1967. In 1969, the group switched to the Motown-owned V.I.P. imprint. (The label name is somewhat ironic, given that V.I.P. was generally considered a substandard imprint behind Motown, Gordy, Tamla, and Soul). Apollo Theater marquee, c. ... George Curtis G.C. Cameron (born in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American soul and R&B singer. ...


In 1970, they hit #14 with writer/producer Stevie Wonder's composition, "It's A Shame," and charted again the following year with another song Wonder wrote and produced, "We'll Have It Made" from the album Second Time Around. However, these were their last two singles for V.I.P. Shortly after the release of Second Time Around, singer Philippe Wynne joined the Spinners, and (as legend has it) Atlantic recording artist Aretha Franklin suggested the group finish out their Motown contract, and change to Atlantic Records. Cameron would leave the group in 1971 to remain with Motown. Stevie Wonder is the stage name of Stevland Morris (born May 13, 1950 as Stevland Judkins[1]), an American singer, songwriter, producer, musician, and social activist. ... Philippe Wynne (April 3, 1941 - July 14, 1984) was an African-American R&B vocalist. ... Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American gospel, soul and R&B singer born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Detroit, Michigan. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label that operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ...


The Hit Years with Philippe Wynne

Under the helm of producer and songwriter Thom Bell, The Spinners would chart five top 100 singles off their album The Spinners, released in 1972. "I'll Be Around" was the first big hit, but it was actually the B-side of the first single, "How Could I Let You Get Away," but subsequent radio airplay led Atlantic to flip the single over, with the songs hitting #3 and #89, respectively. "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" (#4, March 1973), "One of a Kind (Love Affair)" (#11, June 1973), and "Ghetto Child" (#29, September 1973) would cement their reputation, as well as Bell's, who was beginning to be recognized for his trademark Philly soul or "Philadelphia Sound" (which could also be credited to Gamble and Huff.) This turned out to be a precursor to disco, a contemporary dance genre. Thom Bell was the record producer behind much of the Philadelphia soul subgenre of soul music in the 1970s. ... For the American indoor football team, see Philadelphia Soul. ... Kenneth Gamble (born on August 11, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Leon Huff (born in 1942 in Camden, New Jersey) are an American songwriting and record production team. ... Disco is a genre of music that originated in discothèques. ...


Following their Atlantic successes, Motown also issued a "Best of the Spinners" LP which featured selections from their Motown/V.I.P. recordings. They also remixed and reissued the 1970 B-Side "Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music" as a 1973 A-Side. In the midst of all their Atlantic hits, it crawled to number #91 US.


The group's 1974 followup album, Mighty Love, would contain three Top 20 hits, "I'm Coming Home," "Love Don't Love Nobody," and the title track. Their biggest hit of the year, however, would be a collaboration with Dionne Warwick (then billed as "Dionne Warwicke"). Their joint effort "Then Came You" would reach #1 in October -- the first chart-topper for either artist. Bell later noted, "Dionne made a face when we finished [the song]. She didn't like it much, but I knew we had something. So we ripped a dollar in two, signed each half and exchanged them. I told her, 'If it doesn't go number one, I'll send you my half.' When it took off, Dionne sent hers back. There was an apology on it." Dionne Warwick on the cover of her Christmas album My Favorite Time of the Year Dionne Warwick (born December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey, as Marie Dionne Warrick) is an American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters. ...


The band would hit the Top 10 twice in the next two years with "(They Just Can't Stop It) Games People Play" (which would lead to a nickname of "12:45" for bass singer Jackson, after his signature vocal line on the song), and "The Rubberband Man." But Wynne would leave the group in 1977, to be replaced by Jonathan Edwards, the group failed to hit the pop Top 40 for two years, and parted ways with producer Bell. Wynne would die of a heart attack while performing in Oakland in 1984.


The group did manage several big hits in 1980, charting with medleys of "Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl" (#2 in March) and "Cupid/I've Loved You for a Long Time" (#4 in July), but a third trip to the well proved one time too many, when "Yesterday Once More/Nothing Remains the Same" failed to break Top 40. The group's last hit was a gorgeous remake of Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away," peaking at #67 in 1983. Willie Nelson William Hugh Willie Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, and originally from Abbott, Texas. ...


The Spinners now

Even though their last hits were over 20 years ago, the bright lights of their 1972–1976 run of the charts continues to provide for the current members. They are big draws on the oldies and nostalgia concert circuits, and continue to play the music that made them famous.


A voice from their past, G. C. Cameron, would rejoin the group as lead vocalist from 2000 to 2002, departing to join The Temptations. Frank Washington is now the lead vocalist. The Temptations (also abbreviated as The Tempts or The Temps) are an American Motown singing group whose repertoire has included doo-wop, soul, psychedelia, funk, disco, R&B, and adult contemporary. ...


In their recently released box set The Chrome Collection, The Spinners were lauded by David Bowie and Elvis Costello. David Bowie (born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947) is an English rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, mixer, actor and artist. ... Declan Patrick MacManus (born 25 August 1954, in London), better known by his stage name, Elvis Costello, is a popular British musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish ancestry. ...


Discography

Singles

Release date Title Chart Positions
US Hot 100 US R&B UK
The Tri-Phi Years
1961 "That's What Girls Are Made For" #27 #5
1961 "Love (I'm So Glad) I Found You" #91
1961 "What Did She Use?"
1962 "I've Been Hurt"
1962 "She Don't Love Me" (as Bobby Smith & The Spinners)
The Motown/V.I.P. Years
1964 "Sweet Thing"
1965 "I'll Always Love You" #35 #8
1966 "Truly Yours" #111 #16
1967 "For All We Know"
1968 "I Just Can't Help But Feel The Pain"
1969 "In My Diary"
1970 "Message From A Black Man"
1970 "It's A Shame" #14 #4 #20
1971 "We'll Have It Made" #89 #20
1973 "Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music" (Remix) #91
The Atlantic Years
1972 "How Could I Let You Get Away" (A-Side) #77 #14
→ "I'll Be Around" (B-Side) #3 #1
1972 "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" #4 #1 #11
1973 "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)" #11 #1
1973 "Ghetto Child" #29 #4 #7
1974 "Mighty Love (Part I)" #20 #1
1974 "I'm Coming Home" #18 #3
1974 "Then Came You" (as Dionne Warwicke and Spinners} #1 #2 #29
1974 "Love Don't Love Nobody (Part I)" #15 #4
1975 "Living A Little, Laughing A Little" #37 #7
1975 "Sadie" #54 #7
1975 "They Just Can't Stop It (Games People Play)" #5 #1
1975 "Love Or Leave" #36 #8
1976 "Wake Up Susan" #56 #11 #29
1976 "The Rubberband Man" #2 #1 #16
1977 "You're Throwing A Good Love Away" #43 #5
1977 "Me And My Music" #39
1977 "Heaven On Earth (So Fine)" #89 #23
1978 "Easy Come, Easy Go" #46
1978 "If You Wanna Do A Dance" #49 #17
1979 "Are You Ready For Love" #25
1979 "Body Language" #103 #25 #40
1979 "Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl" (medley) #2 #6 #1
1980 "Cupid/I've Loved You For A Long Time" (medley) #4 #5 #4
1980 "Now That You're Mine Again" #25
1980 "I Just Want To Fall In Love" #75
1981 "Yesterday Once More/Nothing Remains The Same" (medley) #52 #32
1981 "Long Live Soul Music" #64
1981 "You Go Your Way (I'll Go Mine)" #110 #39
1981 "Love Connection (Raise The Window Down)" #107 #68
1982 "Never Thought I'd Fall In Love" #95
1982 "Magic In The Moonlight" #30
1982 "Funny How Time Slips Away" #67 #43
1984 "Right Or Wrong" #104 #22
More to come....

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Dionne Warwick on the cover of her Christmas album My Favorite Time of the Year Dionne Warwick (born December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey, as Marie Dionne Warrick) is an American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters. ...

Albums

This is a partial list; there are many more import titles and compilations. Titles in bold indicate a greatest hits set. The band is also listed occasionally as The Motown Spinners, or (after they left the Motown label) The Detroit Spinners. These were their monikers in the UK to avoid confusion with a British group called The Spinners.

  • 1966: The Original Spinners
  • 1970: 2nd Time Around
  • 1972: Spinners
  • 1974: Mighty Love
  • 1974: New and Improved Spinners
  • 1974: The Best of The Spinners (Motown songs only)
  • 1975: Live
  • 1975: Pick of the Litter
  • 1976: Happiness Is Being With The Spinners
  • 1977: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
  • 1978: Spinners/8
  • 1978: The Best of The Spinners (Atlantic songs only)
  • 1979: From Here to Eternally
  • 1980: Love Trippin'
  • 1981: Labor of Love
  • 1982: Grand Slam
  • 1984: Cross Fire
  • 1985: Lovin' Feelings
  • 1989: Down to Business
  • 1991: A One of a Kind Love Affair: The Anthology
  • 1993: The Very Best of The Spinners
  • 2002: The Essential Spinners
  • 2003: The Chrome Collection

 
 

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