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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 By that time, Edwards had been replaced by G.C. Cameron.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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Definitive Soul

Disc 1

1. It's A Shame

2. I'll Be Around

3. How Could I Let You Get Away

4. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

6. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)

8. Ghetto Child

9. Mighty Love

10. I'm Coming Home

12. Love Don't Love Nobody

13. Since I Been Gone

14. I've Got To Make It On My Own

15. Living A Little, Laughing A Little

Disc 2

1. They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)

2. Sadie

3. I Don't Want To Lose You

4. Love Or Leave

5. Honest I Do

6. Wake Up Susan

7. The Rubberband Man

8. You're Throwing A Good Love Away

9. Me And My Music

10. Heaven On Earth (So Fine)

11. Easy Come, Easy Go

12. If You Wanna Do A Dance (All Night)

13. Are You Ready For Love

14. Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me, Girl

15. Cupid, I've Loved You For A Long Time

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Track List: The Chrome Collection

Disc 1

1. That's What Girls Are Made For

2. I'll Always Love You

3. Truly Yours

6. It's A Shame

7. We'll Have It Made

8. (Oh Lord) I Wish I Could Sleep

11. Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You

13. I'll Be Around

14. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)

16. Ghetto Child

17. How Could I Let You Get Away

18. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

19. Love Has Gone Away

20. Love Don't Love Nobody

21. I'm Coming Home

Disc 2

1. Since I Been Gone

2. He'll Never Love You Like I Do

3. Mighty Love

4. There's No One Like You

5. I've Got To Make It On My Own

6. Living A Little, Laughing A Little

7. Sadie

8. Then Came You

9. Sitting On Top Of The World

10. I Don't Want To Lose You

11. Love Or Leave

12. You Made A Promise To Me

13. They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)

14. Toni My Love

15. The Rubberband Man

16. Now That We're Together

17. Wake Up Susan

18. Me And My Music

19. You're Throwing A Good Love Away

20. Painted Magic

Disc 3

1. Heaven On Earth (So Fine)

2. Back In The Arms Of Love

3. (Love Is) One Step Away

4. Easy Come, Easy Go

5. If You Wanna Do A Dance (All Night)

6. Are You Ready For Love

7. (A) Plain And Simple Love Song

8. Body Language

9. Working My Way Back To You / Forgive Me Girl

10. Cupid / I've Loved You For A Long Time

11. I Just Want To Fall In Love

12. Now That You're Mine Again

14. Long Live Soul Music

16. Love Connection (Raise The Window Down)

17. Never Thought I'd Fall In Love

18. Magic In The Moonlight

19. Funny How Time Slips Away

20. Right Or Wrong

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Track List: Happiness Is Being With The Spinners-Spinners 8

1. Now That We're Together

3. If You Can't Be In Love

4. The Rubberband Man

5. Toni My Love

6. Four Hands In The Fire

7. The Clown

8. Wake Up Susan

9. I'm Gonna Getcha

10. I'm Tired Of Giving

11. Painted Magic

12. You Got The Love That I Need

13. Heaven On Earth

14. Back In The Arms Of Love

16. Easy Come, Easy Go

17. Baby I Need Your Love (You're The Only One)

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Track List: I'll Be Around

1. I'll Be Around

2. How Could I Let You Get Away

4. Living A Little, Laughing A Little

5. One Of A Kind

6. The Rubberband Man

7. Ghetto Child

8. If You Wanna Do A Dance

9. Heaven On Earth

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Track List: The Very Best Of Spinners

1. It's A Shame

2. I'll Be Around

3. How Could I Let You Get Away

4. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

5. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)

6. Ghetto Child

8. I'm Coming Home

11. Living A Little, Laughing A Little

12. Sadie

13. They Just Can't Stop It The (Games People Play)

14. The Rubberband Man

15. Working My Way Back To You / Forgive Me, Girl

16. Cupid/I've Loved You For A Long Time

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Track List: A One Of A Kind Love Affair

Disc 1

1. That's What Girls Are Made For

2. I'll Always Love You

3. It's A Shame

4. (Oh Lord) I Wish I Could Sleep

5. How Could I Let You Get Away

6. I'll Be Around

7. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

8. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)

9. Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You

10. Ghetto Child

11. Mighty Love

12. I'm Coming Home

13. He'll Never Love You Like I Do

14. Love Don't Love Nobody

15. Then Came You

16. Living A Little, Laughing A Little

17. Sadie

Disc 2

1. Games People Play

2. I Don't Want To Lose You

3. Honest I Do

4. Love Or Leave

5. Sweet Love Of Mine

7. Wake Up Susan

8. The Rubberband Man

9. Me And My Music

10. You're Throwing A Good Love Away

11. Heaven On Earth (So Fine)

12. Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me, Girl

13. Funny How Time Slips Away

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Track List: The Best Of Spinners

1. I'll Be Around

2. How Could I Let You Get Away

3. One Of A Kind

4. Mighty Love

5. Ghetto Child

6. Then Came You

7. Sadie

8. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

9. They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)

10. The Rubberband Man

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Track List: Pick Of The Litter

1. Honest I Do

2. I Don't Want To Lose You

3. Love Or Leave

4. Sweet Love Of Mine

5. All That Glitters Ain't Gold

6. You Made A Promise To Me

7. Games People Play

8. Just As Long As We Have Love

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Track List: New And Improved

1. Sitting On Top Of The World

2. Smile, We Have Each Other

3. Then Came You

4. There's No One Like You

5. Living A Little, Laughing A Little

6. Sadie

7. Lazy Susan

8. I've Got To Make It On My Own

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Track List: Spinners

1. Just Can't Get You Out Of My Mind

2. Just You And Me Baby

3. Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You

4. I Could Never

5. I'll Be Around

6. One Of A Kind

7. We Belong Together

8. Ghetto Child

9. How Could I Let You Get Away

10. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

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Track List: Mighty Love

1. Since I Been Gone

2. Ain't No Price On Happiness

3. I'm Glad You Walked Into My Life

4. I'm Coming Home

5. He'll Never Love You Like I Do

6. Love Has Gone Away

7. Love Don't Love Nobody

8. Mighty Love

9. (Oh Lord) I Wish I Could Sleep

10. I Just Gotta Make It Happen

11. Mr. Big Man

12. You Sure Are Nasty

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Listen to the oldies make my day complete
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It's a shame they don 't have voices, lyrics and music like this anymore! It's a damn shame!
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This music was the soundtrack of my life... I love the Spinners
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Change the music, change the world. Music can change attitude, and ultimatly the people who it touches
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This is a great station to listen to at any time
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This music is all I know JustLove it
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So Comforting.. . . When U r Lost & Alone ....I'm glad I'm Full of Love!!!
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great music
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I Love this Music so much great Soul the Best to listen, dance just sway
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I ENJOY THIS MUSIC SO MUCH NOTHING BUT SOUL
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Spinners make me happy!
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Who danced to this as kid growing up?? Fast and sweet to slow it down to a honey.
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Ain't No School ~ Like Old School Class of 1972
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Thanks for the memories of my life and times when I was a preteen I must say thanks.
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I love to hear the oldies
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The Spinners plays music for the soul and if you can understand where they are coming from, then you knoiw what great music is, love those Spinners. And always will.
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39 years old, not old enough to really appreciate the spinners. I swear I was born in the wrong era cant stand music now. This is where music is/was and ended to me. Long live this time.
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Motowns best.!!!
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I learned how to dance to this song. Deep.. Love followed. Just right.
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More dramtics
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Pandora love this music don't ever stop!
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Great oldie love it
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The best..��
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It had been a long time since I had listen to some good music. It sounded it good and it just makes you feel good. I loved it !
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.......AND STILL AROUND!!!!!!
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spinners always want to make me dance no matter what time of day - always lift my spirits in this frustraing world -
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The Spinners is one of the best sing groups of all times in my eyes, And I Love to sing the words to All their songs .Deanno right on!
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ferndale michigan alums, go spinners
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