The Spinners are an American rhythm and blues vocal group that formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1954. They enjoyed a string of hit singles and albums during the 1960s and 1970s, the group continues to tour, with Henry Fambrough as the only original member. The group is 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, in 2015, they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1954, Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson, C. P. Spencer, and James Edwards formed The Domingoes in Ferndale, Michigan, the friends resided in Detroits Herman Gardens public housing project and came together to make music. James Edwards remained with the group for a few weeks and was replaced by Bobby Smith, Spencer left the group shortly after Edwards, and later joined the Voice Masters and the Originals. George Dixon replaced Edwards, and the group renamed themselves the Spinners in 1961, the Spinners first single, Thats What Girls Are Made For, was recorded under Harvey Fuquas Tri-Phi Records. The single peaked at number 27 on the Top 100 chart in August 1961, Smith sang lead vocal on this track, coached by Fuqua. The groups follow-up single, Love I Found You, also featured vocals by Smith. This song reached number 91 that November, and was the last Tri-Phi Records single to reach the Top 100 charts, sources debate the extent to which Fuqua became a member of the group during its stay at Tri-Phi. Fuqua sang lead on some of the singles and considered himself a Spinner, in the credits on Tri-Phi 1010 and 1024, the artist was credited for the first two singles and listed as Harvey. However, most sources do not list him as an official member, in 1964, the Spinners made their debut at the Apollo Theater and were received with high favor. Ill Always Love You, hit number 35 in 1965, from 1966 to 1969, the group released one single a year, but only the 1966 single Truly Yours peaked on the Billboard 100 R&B chart at number 16. With limited commercial success, Motown assigned the Spinners as road managers, chaperones, and chauffeurs for other groups, cameron replaced Edgar Chico Edwards in 1967, and in 1969, the group switched to the Motown-owned V. I. P. However, these were their last two singles for V. I. P, shortly after the release of 2nd Time Around, Atlantic Records recording artist Aretha Franklin suggested the group finish out their Motown contract and sign with Atlantic. The Bobby Smith-led Ill Be Around, their first top ten hit, was actually the B-side of their first Atlantic single, How Could I Let You Get Away. Radio airplay for the B-side led Atlantic to flip the single over, with Ill Be Around hitting number 3, Ill Be Around was also the Spinners first million-selling hit single. It was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA on October 30,1972, following their Atlantic successes, Motown also issued a Best of the Spinners LP which featured selections from their Motown/V. I. P
The Spinners in 1965. From left to right: Billy Henderson, Edgar Edwards, Bobby Smith, Henry Fambrough, and Pervis Jackson.
The Spinners in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, on March 18, 2006