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Bobby Smith Of ‘The Spinners’ Dead At 76
News One ^ | Mar 18, 2013 | Ruth Manuel-Logan

Posted on 03/18/2013 8:30:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Mar 18, 2013 By Ruth Manuel-Logan Share Bobby Smith (pictured), co-founder and, for the most part, the lead singer of the iconic R&B group, The Spinners, has passed away at age 76, reports Soul Tracks.

Smith passed away from complications of influenza and pneumonia; it was also reported that he had been suffering from lung cancer. Smith was a Detroit native and helped to form the famed group in 1960 at Ferndale High School, just north of Detroit. Smith began leading the group in 1961 and his principal vocals were on the group’s 1961 hit single, “That’s What Girls Are Made For.”

The five member group, which consisted of Henry Fambrough, Billy Henderson, Smith, Pervis Jackson and G.C. Cameron, had a strong following in the sixties. But their careers really took off in the 70′s, when they began collaborating with famed record producer/writer Thom Bell who helped to orchestrate the Philly sound. The group went on to release consecutive hits.

Smith’s melodic voice could always be singled out on such 70s hits as “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” and “They Just Can’t Stop The (Games People Play).” Even though Smith took the vocal helm, singing lead on most of the group’s chart-busting hits, another member who joined later down the line, Philippé Wynne, is oftentimes incorrectly credited as the main vocalist. Wynne, who replaced G.C. Cameron in the mid-seventies, did sing on a few of the group’s hits such as “Rubberband Man,” “One of A Kind (love Affair)” and “How Can I Let You Get Away” but left in 1977 to pursue his own solo career.

Wynne had a heart attack while performing at a Vegas nightclub and died a few hours later at age 44.

Throughout the years, as lead vocalists came and went, Smith’s vocals were the quintet’s mainstay. The Spinners tried to keep their momentum going all the way through to the 90s but soon were bumped off the charts and relegated to performing in oldies circuits.

The new millennium brought illness and death to several of the group members.

John Edwards (Wynne’s 1977 replacement) suffered a debilitating stroke in 2002. Henderson died in 2007 followed by Jackson in 2008. The only two members left of the original group are Smith and Fambrough.


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1 posted on 03/18/2013 8:30:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I always like that song, “Rubberband Man”. The lead singer on that one died a few years ago, IIRC.


2 posted on 03/18/2013 8:37:35 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Whatever happened to the land of the free, home of the brave?)
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To: nickcarraway

I always enjoyed their cover of “Working My Way Back To You”.


3 posted on 03/18/2013 8:42:46 PM PDT by RPTMS
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To: nickcarraway

RIP, Bobby Smith.

I’ve always liked “One Of A Kind”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzkZWRW1vAQ


4 posted on 03/18/2013 8:43:47 PM PDT by azishot (When your life is on the line, lead is worth more than gold.)
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To: nickcarraway
Another one gone. The voices of my youth fall silent, one by one.

RIP, Bobby Smith. And thanks for creating some of the music that still plays in my head. I am better for it.

5 posted on 03/18/2013 8:47:30 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: nickcarraway

RIP.

One of the greatest.

I miss the days when black music actually contained alot of MUSIC!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojCikI9npJQ


6 posted on 03/18/2013 8:51:28 PM PDT by djf (I don't want to be safe. I want to be FREE!)
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To: nickcarraway

The Spinners were one of my favorite groups. I especially liked “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” “One of a Kind (Love Affair),” and “Working My Way Back to You.”


7 posted on 03/18/2013 8:53:03 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: djf; BluesDuke
I miss the days when black music actually contained alot of MUSIC!!

I second that emotion! I was a big fan of the Spinners, the Four Tops, the Stylistics, Al Green, Wilson Pickett, et al.

But I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in the crap "music" of Jay-Z, Kanye West, 50 Cent, or whoever these clowns are.

8 posted on 03/18/2013 9:00:23 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Old school.)
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To: djf; BluesDuke
. . . the Spinners, the Four Tops, the Stylistics, Al Green, Wilson Pickett, et al.

I should have added the Chi-Lites to that list.

9 posted on 03/18/2013 9:01:40 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Old school.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Guaranteed to blow your mind..so high you won’t come down....hey ya’’ll, prepare yourself for the rubber band...


10 posted on 03/18/2013 9:10:18 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Great song.


11 posted on 03/18/2013 9:11:28 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Whatever happened to the land of the free, home of the brave?)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and the Gang, Marvin Gaye, heck, even the early Jackson Five had some damn catchy tunes!

Motown... them was the days.


12 posted on 03/18/2013 9:13:54 PM PDT by djf (I don't want to be safe. I want to be FREE!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Indeed - always puts a smile on my face to hear it. Some team mates called me “Rubberband Man” in high school basketball because I loved the song, and had real long arms. ...”hand me down my walking cane....”


13 posted on 03/18/2013 9:23:04 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: C. Edmund Wright
It's strange because I was watching this video on YouTube last night.
14 posted on 03/18/2013 9:32:50 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Whatever happened to the land of the free, home of the brave?)
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To: nickcarraway

Another sad loss, after Richard Street of the Temps a couple of weeks ago - http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/27/showbiz/temptations-singer-dead

“Papa” and the Rubberband Man will be harmonizing tonight.


15 posted on 03/18/2013 9:32:53 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Lol!
Backup babes in sparkling bell-bottoms!

I wish we could go back to the days when famous people didn’t do crap like spit on somebody else...

Give some of them folks a couple million and the real trash comes out!

Same with football, I guess.


16 posted on 03/18/2013 9:50:28 PM PDT by djf (I don't want to be safe. I want to be FREE!)
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To: bigbob
Richard Street, Of The Temptations, Has Died
17 posted on 03/18/2013 9:53:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Charles Henrickson
I was a big fan of the Spinners, the Four Tops, the Stylistics, Al Green, Wilson Pickett, et al.

What about Al Wilson and Green Pickett? Oh wait, there was no Green Pickett. Should have been.

But there was an O'Jays.

18 posted on 03/18/2013 10:02:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: FlingWingFlyer; C. Edmund Wright
This show called Suits had the two main characters discussing The Spinners (Be warned, I could only find the clip on Huffpo, starts 1:20 in)
19 posted on 03/18/2013 10:29:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Some bizarre Billboard singles chart trivia from the 1970’s - name the only group act to have a song hit the top five in each year from 1972-1976.

It was The Spinners!

1972 - “I’ll Be Around” peaked at #3
1973 - “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” peaked at #4.
1974 - “Then Came You” (with Dionne Warwick) reached #1.
1975 - “Games People Play” peaked at #5
1976 - “Rubberband Man” peaked at #2


20 posted on 03/18/2013 11:10:08 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: OrangeHoof
Wow. As far as I know they are the only band that was in Motown, then was part of Philly later/. (It's a Shame was written by Stevie Wonder)
21 posted on 03/18/2013 11:23:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: OrangeHoof

Weird, they are evenly distributed: a #1, a #2, a #3, a #4, a #5.


22 posted on 03/18/2013 11:33:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

It’s interesting that the group’s biggest hit, ‘It’s A Shame’, isn’t mentioned in the story (even though the lead vocals on that one were by GC Cameron). Anyway, the Spinners were one of the best of the ‘70s soul sound, no doubt about it. Favorites of mine, for sure.

RIP, Bobby Smith.


23 posted on 03/18/2013 11:53:28 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: nickcarraway

RIP.


24 posted on 03/19/2013 6:42:03 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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