The Detroit men who spun yarns of musical gold

In 1999 American rhythm and blues vocal group the Spinners were fittingly inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1954 they enjoyed a string of hit singles and albums during the 1960s and 1970s. The group is also listed as the Detroit Spinners and the Motown Spinners. These other names were used in the UK to avoid confusion with a British folk group also called The Spinners. When the group signed to Atlantic in 1972 they were a respected group but had not enjoyed any significant commercial success and were without a Top Ten pop hit after a decade as a recording act. However under the leadership of producer songwriter Thom Bell the Spinners charted five top 100 singles including two top 10’s and went on to become one of the biggest soul groups of the 1970s.
“I’ll Be Around” was their first million selling single. “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love”, another million selling chart topper, “One of a Kind(Love Affair)” and “Ghetto Child” further cemented their reputation. And who can forget their biggest hit in 1974, a collaboration with Dionne Warwick, “Then Came You” which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. “The Rubberband Man” is one of the great Spinners tracks you can hear while chilling and listening to Lovesongs247.

It was their last major hit to feature Philippe Wynne on lead vocals and spent three weeks at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the US R&B charts at the end of 1976. It peaked at number sixteen in the UK. The song opens with a rhythmic clarinet and percussion, followed by a Philly string arrangement with the group’s trademark harmonic perfection.

The Spinners still tour actively led by Henry Fambrough, the only surviving original member. In 2011, 57 years after forming the group was announced as one of the 15 final nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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