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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 By that time, Edwards had been replaced by G.C. Cameron.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: The Rubberband Man / Now That We're Together

1. The Rubberband Man

2. Now That We're Together

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Track List: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

1. Me And My Music

2. I Found Love (When I Found You)

3. I'm Riding Your Shadow (Down To Love)

4. You're The Love Of My Life

5. I Must Be Living For A Broken Heart

6. Honey, I'm In Love With You

7. Just To Be With You

8. You're Throwing A Good Love Away

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Track List: Grand Slam

1. City Full Of Memories

2. Magic In The Moonlight

3. If I Knew

4. I'm Calling You Now

5. So Far Away

6. Just Let Love In

7. Funny How Time Slips Away

8. Lover Boy

9. No Other Love

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Track List: 8

1. I'm Gonna Getcha

2. I'm Tired Of Giving

3. Painted Magic

4. You Got The Love That I Need

5. Heaven On Earth

6. Back In The Arms Of Love

7. (Love Is) One Step Away

8. Easy Come, Easy Go

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

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Track List: Can't Shake This Feeling

1. Can't Shake This Feeling

2. Knack For Me

3. You'll Go Your Way (I'll Go Mine)

4. Love Connection (Raise The Window Down)

5. Never Thought I'd Fall In Love (Single Edit Version)

6. Didn't I Blow Your Mind

7. Send A Little Love

8. Love Is Such A Crazy Feeling

9. Got To Be Love

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Track List: Cross Fire

1. Two Of A Kind

2. Right Or Wrong

3. (Have We Come Into) Our Time For Love

4. Cross Fire

5. Keep On Keepin' On

6. Not Just Another Lover

7. Love Is In Season

8. All Your Love

9. Secrets

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Track List: From Here To Eternally

1. It's A Natural Affair

2. Don't Let The Man Get You

3. (A) Plain And Simple Love Song

4. Are You Ready For Love

5. I Love The Music

6. One Man Wonderful Band

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

8. Once You Fall In Love

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Track List: Dancin' And Lovin'

1. Disco Ride

2. Body Language

3. Let's Boogie, Let's Dance

4. Medley: Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me, Girl

5. With My Eyes

6. One, One, Two, Two, Boggie Woogie Avenue

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Track List: The Very Best Of Spinners, Vol. 2

1. (Oh Lord) I Wish I Could Sleep

2. Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You

3. I Could Never (Repay Your Love)

4. Since I Been Gone

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

6. I Don't Want To Lose You

7. Honest I Do

8. Love Or Leave

9. Sweet Love Of Mine

10. Wake Up Susan

11. You're Throwing A Good Love Away

12. Me And My Music

13. Heaven On Earth (So Fine)

14. Easy Come, Easy Go

15. If You Wanna Do A Dance

16. Are You Ready For Love

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Track List: Labor Of Love (Digital Version)

1. Medley: Yesterday Once More / Nothing Remains The Same (Remastered Remix Version)

2. Almost All The Way To Love

3. The Winter Of Our Love

4. Be My Love

5. Give Your Lady What She Wants

6. Long Live Soul Music (Remastered Edit Version)

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Track List: Love Trippin'

1. Love Trippin'

2. Heavy On The Sunshine

3. Medley: Cupid / I've Loved Your For A Long Time

4. I Just Want To Be With You

5. Streetwise

6. I Just Want To Fall In Love

7. Now That You're Mine Again

8. Split Decision

9. I'm Takin' You Back

10. Pipedream

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Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: Spinners

1. I'll Be Around

2. The Rubberband Man

3. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

4. Mighty Love

5. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)

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Track List: Live!

1. Facinating Rhythm (Live 1974)

2. I've Got To Make It On My Own (Live 1974)

3. Living A Little Laughing A Little (Live 1974)

4. One Of A Kind (Love Affair) (Live 1974)

5. Then Came You (Live 1974)

6. Sadie (Live 1974)

7. How Could I Let You Get Away (Live)

8. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love (Live 1974)

9. Superstar Medley-It's Not Unusal/Don't Mess With Bill/Paper Doll/Stop! In The Name Of Love/If I Didn't Care/Hound Dog/Hello Dolly (Live)

10. Love Don't Love Nobody (Live 1974)

11. Mighty Love (Live 1974)

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Track List: Maggie May: The Best Of The Spinners (Live)

1. Maggie May (Live)

2. Island In The Sun (Live)

3. Rukumbine (Live)

4. Johnny Todd (Live)

5. Creeping Jane (Live)

6. Roving Navvy (Live)

7. Lure Of The Mines (Live)

8. Home, Boys, Home (Live)

9. Scarborough Fair (Live)

10. Wor Geordie's Lost His Penka (Live)

11. Dingle Reggatta (Live)

12. Barnyards Of Delgaty (Live)

13. Family Of Man (Live)

14. Wild Rover (Live)

15. South Australia (Live)

16. Tommy's Gone To Hilo (Live)

17. Haul On The Bowline (Live)

18. Stockholm Tar (Live)

19. Peace Round (Goodly Thing) (Live)

20. Heavy Rain (Live)

21. Matty Rag (Live)

22. Imagine (Live)

23. Worried Man/Midnight Special/Pick A Bale Of Cotton (Live)

24. In My Liverpool Home (Live)

25. Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs (Live)

26. Black & White (Live)

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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

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

3. I'm Coming Home

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

1. I'll Be Around

2. How Could I Let You Get Away

3. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

4. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)

5. Ghetto Child

6. Mighty Love

7. I'm Coming Home

8. Then Came You (Feat. Dionne Warwick)

9. Love Don't Love Nobody

10. Living A Little Laughing A Little

11. Sadie (Single)

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

13. The Rubberband Man

14. Working My Way Back To You

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

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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

9. Then Came You

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: Happiness Is Being With The Spinners

1. Now That We're Together

2. You'll All I Need In Life

3. If You Can't Be In Love

4. The Rubberband Man (Album Version)

5. Toni My Love

6. Four Hands In The Fire

7. Clown

8. Wake Up Susan

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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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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: The Best Of The Spinners

1. Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music (Single Version)

2. It's A Shame

3. I've Got To Find Myself A Brand New Baby

4. I'll Always Love You (Single Version)

5. We'll Have It Made

6. Bad, Bad Weather ( Till You Come Home ) (Single Version)

7. My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)

8. Truly Yours (Single Version)

9. Sweet Thing (Single Version)

10. O-O-H Child

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Track List: The Original Spinners

1. That's What Girls Are Made For (Mono)

2. I'll Always Love You

3. Truly Yours

4. For All We Know (Mono)

5. It Hurts To Be In Love

6. Tomorrow May Never Come

7. Sweet Thing (Mono)

8. I Cross My Heart (Mono)

9. Where Is That Girl

10. Like A Good Man Should

11. How Can I (Mono)

12. I Just Can't Help But Feel The Pain

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My cousin had these guys 45 record on his wall when we were small children. I remember him climbing on his furniture in his bedroom to get it. The "Spinners"! "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love "? Thanks.....
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be ashamed of themselves for not inducting the Spinners into the Hall of Fame!!!
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My cousin had these guys albums. "The Spinners"! Thanks for the memories.
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the great song of life
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Amen! Nice touch Selectdurham !
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Grown up my cousin loved the "Spinners"!
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It takes a fool to learn.....
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The Spinners had such great memory making music and awesome upbeat lyrics.
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They will always be a part of my life & in my collection of great music. Love them.
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Love The Spinners
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I wish music was like this still
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Prince station not playing enough Prince.... The man's career spanned 3 decades if u r going to go against his wishes dont do it half assed!!
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The 70 and 80s were perfect. All excitement, no pain, no sadness.
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This song brings back memories of summer cookouts, hand dancing, kids playing in the park. Miss those good times and this wonderful music.
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One of my favorite songs. What good memories thanks spinners
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I wish to God you were still around like you used to tell me everyday. Those days are gone but never will I forget them ... Especially you my love. Missing you every second of my life till then soon!!!!!!!! ! !
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'Working My Way Back To You' Mary Lou. Just to talk to you for a little while. I know my chance with you ended over forty years ago, but I so want to just see you one more time.
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They were spinning gold...
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Memory s it was the prime of my life
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In 72 I was 1yr old. I Grew up on the good music!
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