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Spinners, The/Detroit Spinners

Despite scoring a transatlantic hit in 1970 with It’s A Shame (co-authored by Stevie Wonder), The Spinners remained overlooked at Motown in favour of The Temptations and The Four Tops.

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Their first record was That’s What Girls Are Made Of and it was issued on Tri-Phi and became an immediate Top 20 success for the group. Bobby Smith was the lead voice.

In 1964, Motown merged both Tri-Phi and Marvey into their rapidly growing empire and The Spinners reappeared on the new V.I.P. label with Sweet Thing.

Only when signed to Atlantic did they find the rich Philly-inspired sound of Could It Be I’m Falling In Love? and The Rubberband Man.

The group were sufficiently unknown in the UK to be renamed The Detroit Spinners (sometimes The Motown Spinners) in deference to the British traditional folk group who already used The Spinners’ moniker.

Henry Fambrough 
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Bobby Smith 

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Billy Henderson 

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Pervis Jackson 

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George Dixon 

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Edgar ‘Chico’ Edwards 

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GC Cameron 

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Philippé Wynne (Walker) 

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John Edwards 

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