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R&B vocal group from Ferndale High School near Detroit. Discovered by producer/lead singer of the Moonglows Harvey Fuqua.

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A Quick Tip by drifter51

  • Jul 18, 2010
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Saw these guys in concert last night and they were dynamite. Group formed in late 50's still had 2 of it's original members performing!
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Back in 1971, when the Spinners left Motown for Atlantic Records, it wasn't exactly an event that shook the music world.  But why would it?  The group had toiled in virtual obscurity for nearly a decade as one of Motown's "forgotten" groups.  While Motown star groups like the Temptations and Four Tops were headlining shows around the world and were choosing from the top songs of Smokey Robinson, Norman Whitfield and Holland-Dozier-Holland, the Spinners were recording infrequently and charting even more rarely, working with Motown's second tier producers and catching opening act gigs where they could. 

Many folks around Hitsville, USA knew that the quintet, consisting of Henry Fambrough, Billy Henderson, Bobby Smith, Pervis Jackson and G.C. Cameron, was a solid vocal group and an entertaining act.  But they were in a stable full of prize winning horses, and getting the attention of the Motown brass was next to impossible.  Without that attention, success appeared equally impossible.  And that was the case until their good friend, Stevie Wonder, wrote a song for them that was so strong, even Motown's indifference couldn't stop it.  In the summer of 1970, around the time the Spinners' Motown contract expired and almost a year after it was recorded, Wonder's "It's a Shame" became an international smash for the Spinners and gave the world a glimpse of a future supergroup. 

Interestingly, while the Spinners had not garnered much ...

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