Friday, June 19, 1970

Musical Artist - The Spinners

The Spinners, also known as the Detroit Spinners or the Motown Spinners, are an American rhythm and blues band most famous for their hits released in the 1970s and early 1980s. Originally formed as the Domingoes in 1954, the group underwent some lineup changes and renamed themselves the Spinners in 1961. At that time the group consisted of George Dixon, Henry Fambrough, Billy Henderson, Pervis Jackson, and Bobby Smith. Dixon was replaced by 1963 by Edgar Edwards, after which the lineup remain intact until 1967 when Edwards was replaced by G.C. Cameron. It should be no surprise that the reason for these frequent roster changes was rooted in the somewhat indifferent success enjoyed by the group. Although they released several singles through the 1960s, they only had modest impact on the charts, and wound up acting as support for other more prominent groups, serving as road managers, chauffeurs, and shipping clerks.

In 1972, after a decade with Motown, the Spinners changed labels and signed with Atlantic Records, replacing Cameron with Philippé Wynne in the process. After the move, the group became one of the most successful soul acts of the 1970s, with a string of hits that included I'll Be Around, Could It Be I'm Falling in Love, One of a Kind (Love Affair), Ghetto Child, Then Came You (in collaboration with Dionne Warwick), They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play), and The Rubberband Man. The band recorded two songs for the soundtrack of the movie The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, as well as appearing in the movie itself. The band had two more hits in 1980 with Working My Way Back to You - Forgive Me, Girl and Cupid - I've Loved You for a Long Time, but that marked the end of the band's major chart successes.

In subsequent years the band has experienced numerous roster changes, with Henry Famborough being the only remaining original member with the band, but they never broke up. The Spinners have continued to tour continuously to the present day, and show no signs of stopping any time soon.

They can be found on Facebook as the Mighty Spinners.

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