The Spinners

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1986 (The 1987 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 2012   2015   2016   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2010 (ranked #198) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Spinners (1973)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
It's a Shame (1970)
I'll Be Around (1972)
Could It Be I'm Falling In Love (1972)
Games People Play (1975)
The Rubberband Man (1976)
Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl (1979)

The Spinners @ Wikipedia

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Will The Spinners be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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We've just lost PERVIS JACKSON on AUG. 19th at AGE 70 .HE WAS THE SPINNERS BASS SINGER, AND AN ORIGINAL GROUP MEMBER .That's TWO original SPINNERS members to pass away in as many years. we lost BILLY HENDERSON last year. How many more have to die before the SPINNERS are inducted ??

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 08.21.08 @ 22:39pm


Why should The Spinners be inducted? Although respected while with Motown, they remained virtually unknown in the 60's. They were clearly overshadowed by The Temps, Four Tops and others. They did achieve some chart success in the 70's after changing record labels, but they never dominated the charts. They did not innovate any new style in their music and they are not credited or cited as being any kind of major influence on bands that followed. Again, that would fall to the Temps and Four Tops.

They were good at what they did, but I don't see them as having done anything remotely close to garnering this pathetic accolade. But I am open to enlightenment on this subject.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 08.22.08 @ 10:09am


THEY DOMINATED THE CHARTS IN THE 70S WITH 15 TOP FORTY RECORDS THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH

Posted by JACOB M. BYERSON on Monday, 11.24.08 @ 14:28pm


I Think they both should and WILL be inducted eventually, since the hall is fairly partial to soul groups.

It is true they weren't that original, but Phillipe Wynn did some of the best vamping ever on record. And, remember, if you're soul, you don't have to be original to be in the HOF, you just have to be good.

Think of the O'Jays, whose career began in the sixties also, but didn't really take off until the seventies. I think of those two vocal groups as relatively equal. Both depended haevily on outside writers and producers, niether were innovators, but both had superb lead and harmony vocals and created catchy, memorable hit records.

Also, Percy Sledge and perhaps soon to be inductees Little Anthony & The Imperials don't get a lot of points for innovation either.

The Spinners will be in when they've been around as long as the The Imperials and Sledge. I just hope enough of them are still alive when it happens.

Posted by Mike on Saturday, 12.6.08 @ 08:49am


Another induction long overdue!

Posted by C. Green on Friday, 07.24.09 @ 20:14pm


The Spinners "never dominated the charts..." and "did not innovate any new style in their music", but The Dells did?

Posted by denyo on Sunday, 08.29.10 @ 18:16pm


Are you crazy !!! The Spinners sold way more albums than The Dells did. RIAA.com. Check it out.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 08.30.10 @ 11:45am


The Dells had two heydays (heysday?), Joe-Skee... first one was in the 50s at the dawn of rock and roll.... when albums were usually for soundtracks and anthologies only.

I feel if it hadn't been for their presence in the pioneering years, i.e. that earlier heyday, the Dells would not have deserved nor gotten induction. But to ignore the Dells contributions during the onset because it didn't translate to album sales is incredibly ignorant.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 08.30.10 @ 12:18pm


Learn to read, Joe-Skee, before you make out of yourself.

Posted by denyo on Tuesday, 10.26.10 @ 20:39pm


I meant "make a fool out of yourself".

Posted by denyo on Tuesday, 10.26.10 @ 20:41pm


Learn to proofread, denyo, before you make a fool out of yourself.

Posted by joker on Tuesday, 10.26.10 @ 22:53pm


Excuse me for being human. GFY.

Posted by denyo on Thursday, 10.28.10 @ 15:40pm


Abso-friggin-loutley. A huge influence on the Philly Soul scene.

Posted by Jim on Friday, 01.21.11 @ 21:35pm


I'll be around, Could it be I'm falling in love, Ghetto Child, Then came you, the Rubberband man, all pop/soul staples in the 70's that should be enough for the Spinners to enter the HOF.

Posted by David S on Saturday, 01.29.11 @ 21:52pm


BLUES AND SOUL magazine's interview with THE SPINNERS' lead singer , BOBBY SMITH

Check it out here:

http://www.bluesandsoul.com/feature/384/spinners_reaching_dizzy_heights/

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 01.30.11 @ 22:58pm


Does anyone know a a "NEW" viseo of the spinners since 2009 on?

Posted by Kay on Friday, 03.18.11 @ 12:09pm


Not only should these guys be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but their entire history should be told in book AND movie format. I'd love to get a detailed background on each of these remarkable men.

Posted by Liz on Wednesday, 06.22.11 @ 11:23am


They should be inducted to the Hall of Fame. I think the person who posted that question is just farming for ideas on what to write for some type of document. LOL.

The Spinners featured at least 3 singers, who, although similar in style, lent their own charisma to all of the songs they sung. Who has not heard Bobby Smith, Philippe Wynne,and John Edwards really doing an excellent job on the the songs they led? And for some of us, their voices span over most of the years of our lives. I realize they are not making new music right now but they really dont need to. They have already taken their audience to heights. The other members of the original group were also talented and personable. The Spinners would not have been the Spinners without Henry (who also did lead on some songs like Ghetto Child. I love that song. He has a nice voice.) Pervis (bass), and Bobby Henderson (supporting).

I am glad that although 3 of them have passed on, their families can be comforted in knowing that they have been and always will be appreciated.

Posted by Karolyn on Wednesday, 10.5.11 @ 14:20pm


Sold more records in 70's than any other balck group except for J'5 need to be in. Check out unsung on tv 1 to back up my statement

Posted by keith on Thursday, 10.6.11 @ 11:39am


Snubbed on the first nomination, hopefully they'll get back on the ballot next year.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 12.7.11 @ 08:33am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzBZde77rv0

See the story of THE SPINNERS on UNSUNG (The R&B equivalent of VH-1's BEHIND THE MUSIC) at the ABOVE SITE.

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 01.5.12 @ 15:37pm


The Spinners

01. George W. Dixon
02. Edgar "Chico" Edwards
03. Henry Fambrough
04. Bobbie Smith
05. Billy Henderson
06. Pervis Jackson
07. G.C. Cameron
08. Philippe Wynne
09. John Edwards

Which members of the Spinners will be inducted? Will the early original members of The Spinners be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame? I don't think so. George W. Dixon and his replacement Edgar "Chico" Edwards recorded with The Spinners on Tri-Phi Records before they were bought out by Motown. Edgar "Chico" Edwards was replaced by G.C. Cameron. G.C. Cameron was replaced by Philippe Wynne. Philippe Wynne was replaced by John Edwards. Will G.C. Cameron, Philippe Wynne and John Edwards be inducted? John Edwards sang on The Spinners last two big hits, which were remakes of other artists songs. Working My Way Back To You was originally recorded by The Four Seasons and Cupid was originally recorded by Sam Cooke.

Henry Fambrough, Bobbie Smith, Billy Henderson, and Pervis Jackson are the four original members of the Spinners who have always been with the group. They are definitely being inducted.

The early members who left, George W. Dixon and Edgar "Chico" Edwards might not be inducted.

The replacement members, G.C. Cameron and Philippe Wynne will most likely be inducted. They were on The Spinners biggest hits.

John Edwards should be inducted as well, but I'm feeling he might get the Billy Griffin treatment from the Rock Hall.

They only had nine members. Induct everybody!

The Spinners Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

Scenario 1:

01. George W. Dixon
02. Edgar "Chico" Edwards
03. Henry Fambrough
04. Bobbie Smith
05. Billy Henderson
06. Pervis Jackson
07. G.C. Cameron
08. Philippe Wynne
09. John Edwards

Scenario 2:

01. Henry Fambrough
02. Bobbie Smith
03. Billy Henderson
04. Pervis Jackson
05. G.C. Cameron
06. Philippe Wynne
07. John Edwards

Scenario 3:

01. Henry Fambrough
02. Bobbie Smith
03. Billy Henderson
04. Pervis Jackson
05. G.C. Cameron
06. Philippe Wynne

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 08.22.12 @ 07:17am


From the Rock Hall press release - Nominees for the 2012 Rock Hall

THE SPINNERS

One of the world’s most beloved R&B vocal groups, the Spinners were a hitmaking machine at Atlantic Records, where they came to define the Philadelphia Sound despite their Motor City origins. Before settling into the classic five-man lineup of the late Billy Henderson, Pervis Jackson, and lead singer Philippé Wynne, and surviving members Henry Fambrough and Bobbie Smith, the Spinners spent nearly two decades in their native Detroit. This included stints in the ’60s on Harvey Fuqua’s Tri-Phi label and later on Motown’s V.I.P. imprint. At Aretha Franklin’s behest, they moved to Atlantic in 1972, where they were teamed with Philadelphia producer-songwriter Thom Bell and the Sigma Sound Studios crew. Bell’s track record with the Delfonics and the Stylistics made him the perfect choice for the Spinners, who exploded at Atlantic with four #1 R&B hits in less than 18 months: “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair)” and “Mighty Love.” In fact, there were 15 consecutive Top 10 R&B singles over their first five years at the label. During this time, the Disco era brought massive crossover hits with “Then Came You” (with Dionne Warwick, #1 pop), “They Just Can’t Stop It (The Games People Play)” and “The Rubberband Man.” In the decades to follow, the Spinners’ trunk full of hits found new fans on every continent, and such artists as Elton John, David Bowie and Elvis Costello have all sung their praises. To see Henry Fambrough and Bobbie Smith leading the group today is one of the eternal joys of classic R&B.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 08.22.12 @ 07:56am


The Spinners Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

Scenario 1:

01. George W. Dixon
02. Edgar "Chico" Edwards
03. Henry Fambrough
04. Bobbie Smith
05. Billy Henderson
06. Pervis Jackson
07. G.C. Cameron
08. Philippe Wynne
09. John Edwards

Scenario 2:

01. Henry Fambrough
02. Bobbie Smith
03. Billy Henderson
04. Pervis Jackson
05. G.C. Cameron
06. Philippe Wynne
07. John Edwards

Scenario 3:

01. Henry Fambrough
02. Bobbie Smith
03. Billy Henderson
04. Pervis Jackson
05. G.C. Cameron
06. Philippe Wynne

Scenario 4:

01. Henry Fambrough
02. Bobbie Smith
03. Billy Henderson
04. Pervis Jackson
05. Philippe Wynne

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 08.22.12 @ 07:57am


The Spinners

01. George W. Dixon
02. Edgar "Chico" Edwards
03. Henry Fambrough
04. Bobbie Smith
05. Billy Henderson
06. Pervis Jackson
07. G.C. Cameron
08. Philippe Wynne
09. John Edwards

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 08.28.12 @ 09:20am


01. Henry Fambrough
02. Bobbie Smith
03. Billy Henderson
04. Pervis Jackson
05. G.C. Cameron
06. Philippe Wynne
07. John Edwards

Posted by Roy.

This is the most likely grouping of The Spinners that will be inducted (if it ever happens).

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 02.10.13 @ 16:20pm


Spinners should have been inducted years ago!! The 70's were dominated by them.

Posted by Nikko on Friday, 02.15.13 @ 17:38pm


****BOBBY SMITH (1936-2013)****

The Spinners original and main lead singer passed away on Saturday, 3/19/2013. R.I.P. Bobby !!

only ONE original Spinner left, Henry Fambrough.

STILL not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame !! A couple of 80's Rappers could have waited a few more years to get these guys in.They deserved it !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 03.18.13 @ 14:03pm


Rest in peace Bobbie. :'-(

The Rock Hall truly is a piss stain on society and Wenner thought that The Sex Pistols were just joking, this will be an epidemic for them with all the legends dying off before their respective inductions, I do not feel sorry about these idiots one bit, you dug your hole now lie in it bastards!

Posted by Rick Vendl II on Tuesday, 03.19.13 @ 01:31am


RIP Bobby. The Spinners have got to make it one day.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 03.20.13 @ 19:49pm


The Spinners

01. George W. Dixon (1967: vocals)
02. Edgar "Chico" Edwards (1967: vocals)
03. Henry Fambrough (1967-Present: vocals)
04. Bobbie Smith (1967-2013: vocals)
05. Pervis Jackson (1967-2008: vocals)
06. Billy Henderson (1967-2004: vocals)
07. George "G.C." Cameron (1970-1972; 2000-2003: vocals)
08. Philippe Wynne (1972-1977: vocals)
09. John Edwards (1977-2000: vocals)

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 05.23.13 @ 10:31am


The Spinners

01. George W. Dixon (1967: vocals)
02. Edgar "Chico" Edwards (1967: vocals)
03. Henry Fambrough (1967-Present: vocals)
04. Bobbie Smith (1967-2013: vocals)
05. Pervis Jackson (1967-2008: vocals)
06. Billy Henderson (1967-2004: vocals)
07. George "G.C." Cameron (1970-1972; 2000-2003: vocals)
08. Philippe Wynne (1972-1977: vocals)
09. John Edwards (1977-2000: vocals)

Roy, Bill here. The Spinners were together LONG before 1967. The original members, BOBBY SMITH, HENRY FAMBOROUGH, BILLY HENDERSON,& PERVIS JACKSON
were together since 1954...and they had their first national chart hit, "THAT'S WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE FOR", IN 1961 .

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 05.23.13 @ 15:51pm


The Spinners

01. Henry Fambrough (1961-Present: vocals)
02. Bobbie Smith (1961-2013: vocals)
03. Pervis Jackson (1961-2008: vocals)
04. Billy Henderson (1961-2004: vocals)
05. George Cameron (1967-1972; 2000-2003: vocals)
06. Philippe Wynne (1972-1977: vocals)
07. John Edwards (1977-2000: vocals)

Posted by Roy on Friday, 05.24.13 @ 17:26pm


George G.C. Cameron and John Edwards not mentioned in the Spinners nominees bio at the Rock Hall website.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 05.31.13 @ 10:24am


We will never know what could have been with bands like the spinners, gladys knight and the pips, and other b-listers at motown. even the earlier motown stars were b-listed after the temps, the tops, the supremes etc. came out. they made the best of it however in the 70s. what other pop/soul hits of the 70s get you movin' and groovin' more than the spinners? their songs were slower but grooved all the same. who was doing that before the spinners? so many of their songs were used to endorse products too. why? because they are quality, irresistible songs. they are in my top 5 snubs. the problem? which incarnation? post 1977, a new singer joined for their later hits.....I do think the bands with many lineup changes do get snubbed from time to time...its a shame...

Posted by tom on Thursday, 04.17.14 @ 21:26pm


One black group at a time I guess!! We won't be seeing The Commodores and Kool & The Gang nominated until The Spinners are inducted! Plus, no Neville Brothers nomination until The Meters are inducted!

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.20.14 @ 05:35am


Let's not forget The Spinners recorded the title trak to the great Mel Brooks movie "Spaceballs" chek it out:
http://youtu.be/OOzwnm28dBI

If you're livin' in a bubble and you haven't got a care, Well ...
lol

Posted by Ivan on Friday, 10.24.14 @ 15:43pm


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees who will vote for the Spinners

The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, The Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Jackson Five, The Four Seasons, The Staple Singers, The Moonglows, The Flamingos, The Dells, The O'Jays, The Ronettes, The Dave Clark Five, The Ventures, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly and the Family Stone, Earth, Wind and Fire

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.28.14 @ 09:22am


Roy's annual excercise in stereotyping.

Posted by Dezmond on Tuesday, 10.28.14 @ 13:44pm


The SPINNERS are my favorite group. They made truly GREAT MUSIC. Many songs on there albums that were not released as singles could have been hits. To me, The Spinners were unmatched by any other group. There the BEST group EVER. They should have been in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame years ago. They had many hits on both the POP & the R & B CHARTS. Songs which are still played today on commercials and TV shows. So the reason they're not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is unbenounced to me. It's unreal. But you guys still have time to do the right thing. It's not giving THE SPINNERS anything. It's something they worked very hard for. something they have truly earned. What's so very sad is the fact that ONLY ( ONE ) of the original group members are still living today. DO THE RIGHT & FAIR THING.

Posted by keith moten on Tuesday, 12.16.14 @ 03:42am


I've been looking at possible nominees and listened to some back material of some groups. Have been impressed by The Spinners song catalog. Rubberband Man, Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, I'll Be Around etc were excellent songs. They are definitely 1 group who will be on my Nominees list and I apologize for not voting for them last time. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 06.9.15 @ 20:59pm


I've been looking at possible nominees and listened to some back material of some groups. Have been impressed by The Spinners song catalog. Rubberband Man, Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, I'll Be Around etc were excellent songs. They are definitely 1 group who will be on my Nominees list and I apologize for not voting for them last time. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 06.9.15 @ 21:09pm


Bobby Smith and the guys should have been in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame years ago.

Two nominations.

Let's get 'em in on the THIRD !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 08.13.15 @ 03:43am


I think they should nominated and accepted in all scenarios (see Roy's post 8-22-12).

My first reasoning: having started in 1954, they are STILL technically touring, albeit in a different scenario, with Fambrough being the only original member. doesn't an act that is still performing represent more cultural impact than an act that has started and stopped, with only a finite body of work in comparison?

Second: It's simply overdue. this should not be a reason to avoid their induction altogether. better late than never..do it while some of them are still alive.

Posted by jay on Thursday, 08.13.15 @ 15:36pm


jay, I absolutely agree with point number two. As someone who considers the Spinners one of the biggest snubs from the Rock Hall at present (currently in my top three, but sometimes my mood affects ranking... they consistently stay in the Top Ten though), I agree they need to get in post-haste. I would've gladly taken them over Bill Withers (and even moreso over Green Day or the Paul Butterfield Blues Band) this past year.

Your first point, however, I would disagree with. This is something that frequently pops up on this forum. People constantly bring up the fact that a band is still touring and still put on a great show after so many years and think that speaks to the act's cultural impact and merits for induction. 90% of the time, the answer to the question "What venues are they playing nowadays?" will also answer why still touring is not synonymous with cultural impact. For starters, rock 'n' roll started partially as a youth-culture movement (I would say "mostly" but that's open to debate and not the whole point). So if a good percentage of an act's performances are in casinos, where you can't enter if you're under 21, you're not really maintaining cultural impact. Same thing pretty much applies to cruise lines where cost of passage pretty much ensures that older people are the only attendees. So, if your gigs are exclusivey tribal casinos, cruises, county fairs, and I would add Branson, MO and Las Vegas; odds are you're not culturally relevant anymore and probably not making much of an impact. Some acts keep touring just as much because they need the dough as they do for the love of the music.

Some acts are still putting out new music, but aren't getting airplay on rock or pop radio. About a decade or so ago, the Eagles promoted a new single called "How Long." Good song, reminiscent of "Take It Easy." Guess where it got played in my neck of the world? The Adult Contemporary station. It made it to #101 on the Billboard Bubbling Under so it got some love. But it won't go down as a moment of cultural impact for the Eagles. Meanwhile, the influence of Nirvana is still felt today, despite only three albums. Now I realize that it's not the best comparison to pit the Eagles against Nirvana, but the point is that an act that is only reaching people born in the same years, is not continuing to have a major cultural impact. Still being around is not the same as continuing cultural impact.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 08.13.15 @ 20:50pm


Complete travesty that The Spinners have not been inducted.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 08.14.15 @ 07:19am


Paul & Philip

Agree on The Spinners. Will be voting for them if they are nominated. Made a great collection of songs that were both excellent and groovy. I'm partial to Rubberband Man and I'll Be Around. There seems to be more support for The Spinners this time around. I think people are listening to the songs and checking out the catalogue of hits. Born in the middle 70's but remember there songs later in the 80's. King over and out!!! Spinners RRHOF 2016! KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 08.15.15 @ 21:45pm


Wonderful as their vocals were.. They had so many singers hard to say who they are..? They really didn't do anything new....Just another R&B formula group.. I would love to see them get in ..I just can't see any thing new they brought to the music world . Loved many many RB musicians.. but .. Lack of innovation. Really makes it difficult to see any chance getting in,, They did let Madonna in, so everyone is up for nomination.... IMO..

Posted by RBFAN on Sunday, 08.16.15 @ 01:21am


I won't say they were innovative, but I wouldn't call them formulaic. Other soul groups at the time weren't as rhythmically driven. Their bass lines drove their songs more than happened with other soul groups like the Delfonics and Stylistics. I love those groups, too, but the Spinners are a bigger must-have for the Hall.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 08.16.15 @ 22:19pm


I won't say they were innovative, but I wouldn't call them formulaic. Other soul groups at the time weren't as rhythmically driven. Their bass lines drove their songs more than happened with other soul groups like the Delfonics and Stylistics. I love those groups, too, but the Spinners are a bigger must-have for the Hall.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 08.16.15 @ 22:19pm


KING, we elected them to our 2010 class. Are you an actual voter?!

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 08.17.15 @ 07:31am


This odd I like their music.. But to say they contributed any thing more than just good music is not the case ..... No new or ever innovation,, IMO ...just a glorified Drifters Coasters etc,,, .The classical R&B formula group.. I don't think they even wrote their songs..! Also they as far as I know they weren't performing musicians on their songs just a good vocal soul group....

They had so many different singers it was like a cattle call.. Today Other than playing at a lot of Indian Casino's and mid size venues on the memorabilia circuit.. A great show I am sure .. Something you would take your kids to or grandchildren, to show them what a great typical Disco, R&B soul band sounds from the past.. ......They copied the Temps ,Drifters, Coasters . Four Tops etc...
Sorry Phillip and others they were good hard working soul production group. Even won a Grammy sold lots of recordings..It was a fantastic formula show...One step or two above a "tribute band"


Posted by RBFAN on Monday, 08.17.15 @ 09:48am


****The SPINNERS****

All of you are completely missing the point regarding the Spinners:

Point One: Do you know just how many artists that are in the Hall that DIDN'T WRITE THEIR OWN SONGS?
Did THAT keep them out ? NO.

Point Two: The Temptations had over TWICE as many member changes as The Spinners: Did that keep THEM out ? NO.
The Spinners have always consisted of the FOUR CORE MEMBERS that stayed with them during their entire career: BOBBY SMITH, BILLY HENDERSON, HENRY FAMBOROUGH, and PERVIS JACKSON. It was only the FIFTH position in the group that kept changing . I wouldn't exactly call that a "revolving door".

Point Three: Group members cannot be blamed for leaving the group due to death. Everybody dies eventually. But the four core members all stayed there until death. That should count for SOMETHING. The Four Tops stayed together for 44 years with all of the original members, until death claimed Lawrence Payton. Then they were three. Then Renaldo "Obie" Benson died, and then Levi Stubbs. Now, only Duke Fakir is left.Can he be blamed if he wants to continue singing after all of his partners have died? NO. SINGING IS ALL HE KNOWS. If he stops singing, WHAT ELSE WOULD HE HAVE TO LIVE FOR ? Duke shouldn't be blamed for going on, not just for himself,but also as a tribute to his fallen friends. And Henry shouldn't be blamed either.

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 08.17.15 @ 13:55pm


****The SPINNERS****

Do The Spinners deserve induction?
H--L YEAH !!!

Why ?

To understand just WHY, you have to go way BEYOND the rules. Beyond the RRHOF'S established induction criteria, because that's not what The Spinners were all about.
...Despite the fact that they were VERY influential on other acts.

The Spinners' story is one of triumph. Triumph over impossible odds. Triumph over negativity and criticism.
Triumph over a system that didn't want them to succeed .
Only by understanding THAT,will you finally appreciate and come to realize just what The Spinners are all about...

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 08.17.15 @ 14:12pm


****The SPINNERS****

Several years ago, I posted this comment on "The Spinners" blog on Charles Crossley's "Top Of The Charts" website. In the interest of clarity and historical accuracy, I am re-posting it here:

**********************

I've always admired The Spinners. I've been a fan for many years...ever since "That's What Girls are Made For", back in 1961. I've heard many detractors over the last couple of years complaining that they don't deserve induction. That they didn't write their own stuff. (neither did The Temptations .But The MIRACLES DID. So why did the Temps get inducted BEFORE THEM ?? ) That it took them so long to make it. That they couldn't get a consistent stream of hits while at Motown, etc,etc.etc. Yeah,yeah, I've heard all of this before. Let me tell you why I think that THE SPINNERS deserve induction:

The Spinners' story is a story of triumph. Triumph over near impossible odds. A story of fulfilling your dreams and NEVER GIVING UP....no matter WHAT critics and detractors say and do to stop you.Whatever obstacles come up. You can make it happen....and by not giving up....YOU CAN WIN !!!
The Spinners began their career with a big hit, the aforementioned "That's What Girls are Made For", only to have their record label, Harvey Fuqua and Gwen Gordy's Tri-Phi Records, get swallowed up by a much bigger fish, Gwen's brother Berry Gordy's MOTOWN RECORDS. Motown put them on the back burner for 7 long years...not promoting their songs. Having them do menial jobs within the company, such as serving as chauffeurs for the company's "A" list acts. Working in the Shipping Department there. rarely letting them go on tour...and when they did, it was always as an opening act for bigger stars. Never giving them that one big push to make it to the top. But, there was just one problem with that.

The Spinners were GREAT PERFORMERS. And, TRUE TALENT ALWAYS RISES TO THE TOP.

All of the years of woodsheding. All of those classes they attended over at Motown's "Artist Development" Dept....classes that they had PLENTY of time for, since they rarely went on tour, classes in harmony, choreography, stage presence,showmanship, etc. were beginning to pay off when the group actually DID get to perform on stage.

And people started to notice.

One of those people was Thom Bell, who saw them live at the Uptown Theatre in Philadelphia...
where he was pianist in the house band there.
He was especially impressed by their successful parodies of other, more successful groups on stage, including The Beatles, and members of their fellow artists on the Motown Label.He was also impressed by the smooth tenor sound and unique phrasing of BOBBY SMITH'S VOICE. The audience response was incredible. As a result, despite the fact that they only had 3 serious hits while at Motown, "I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU", "TRULY YOURS", and their biggest Motown hit, the Stevie Wonder composition, "IT'S A SHAME", The Spinners were always audience favorites. They NEVER gave up on their dream. And other people in the industry, began to get caught up in it too !!



Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 08.17.15 @ 14:22pm


****The SPINNERS (continued)****

The Spinners took the negativity that Motown and other critics tried to throw up into their faces....and threw it right back. When their contract with Motown ended, and they found out that other labels , such as Avco and Atlantic, were interested,on the strength of their Top 20 Pop Smash, IT'S A SHAME ,they left G.C Cameron who was still under contract, with Motown, took his cousin, Phillip Walker,AKA Phillippe Wynne, with them, and , following their friend , fellow Detroiter Aretha Franklin's suggestion, bolted Motown for good...to sign with Atlantic Records.

And as they say, the rest is history.

Under the production of Thom Bell, and with the lead voices of Bobby Smith, and Philippe Wynne,the group had hit after hit...and not just hit singles, either...hit ALBUMS too !!

The SPINNERS should be inducted...if for no other reason than that they triumphed, overcoming all of the slings and arrows that others tried to throw at them....ignoring all of the naysayers and people who claimed that they had no talent, that they were also-rans, that they would NEVER MAKE IT...AND PUSHED AHEAD AND MADE IT ANYWAY!!! THEY HAVE OVERCOME TREMENDOUS ODDS to get where they are today.

Everybody loves the underdog. Hopefully the RRHOF will too....in 2013. 'cause they SURE deserved to get in this year, in 2012.

(Sadly,they DIDN'T get inducted in either year...let's hope it happens in 2016 !!)

(And The Marvelettes, TOO !!!)

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 08.17.15 @ 14:30pm


*****The SPINNERS (cont'd)*****

It was that house pianist at the Uptown Theatre, THOM BELL, the same man who first noticed Bobby Smith and The Spinners perform there, that later became one of the hottest R&B writer/producers in the industry, along with his two partners, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the three were co-owners of their own publishing company, Mighty Three Music. Because of his long string of hits for The Delfonics and others, Thom, once signed to Atlantic Records as writer/producer, was given carte blanche to produce for any act on the label.He remembered The Spinners, and bypassed all of the label's superstar acts to write and produce for THEM.

Unlike Motown, who rejected the Spinners due to their belief that lead singer Bobby Smith's voice was not strong enough for their fabled "Motown Sound", Bobby's voice , which Thom Bell admired, was taylor-made for Bell's smoother,Philly-based production style, gave the Spinners back-to back million-selling hits right off the bat, with the Top 10 smashes "I'LL BE AROUND" (which Atlantic initially rejected for the Wynne and Famborough-led "How Could I Let You Get Away" which stalled at # 77 on the charts ;Bell had always correctly insisted that I'LL BE AROUND was the hit), and "COULD IT BE I'M FALLING IN LOVE" .
From that point on, The Spinners were unstoppable. Despite all of the hoopla over Wynne, it was BOBBY SMITH , the man who led the group's very first hit back in 1961, "THAT'S WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE FOR", that sang lead on the group's biggest hits, such as GAMES PEOPLE PLAY, THEN CAME YOU with Dionne Warwick, and MIGHTY LOVE (shared with Wynne) Wynne had his share of big hits too, with ONE OF A KIND (LOVE AFFAIR) , and RUBBERBAND MAN ,and SADIE, but SMITH was the one that caused Bell to sign The Spinners,because WYNNE was not even in the group during their Motown Era.

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 08.17.15 @ 15:31pm


Bill G
you have made my point Nothing new just the same old stuff.. Even Motown knew it..I assume they didn't need another formula soul band more than weak singing .. Having said that.,, With all the Soul bands Motown had they could of saved some money, They all ready had a wardrobe department, dance instructors and arrangers in house...Also they had more than the handful with the others in house acts.. Lots of politics in signing a new same type of act.. Also they may have thought the market was already saturated...Of course they were wrong on that Sorry no innovation .. just more of the very good same stuff...

Posted by RBFAN on Monday, 08.17.15 @ 17:03pm


Well, they are about on the same page as the O'Jays, and The Mighty O'Jays are inducted. The Spinners and The O'Jays were the biggest R&B groups of the early '70's ...and The Commodores were the biggest of the late '70's .

All three should be inducted !!

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 08.17.15 @ 21:40pm


"This odd I like their music.. But to say they contributed any thing more than just good music is not the case ..... No new or ever innovation,, IMO ...just a glorified Drifters Coasters etc,,, .The classical R&B formula group.. I don't think they even wrote their songs..! Also they as far as I know they weren't performing musicians on their songs just a good vocal soul group.... "

First off, I said not necessarily innovative, but they were much more rhythmically bass-driven than just about any soul vocal group around at the time.

But innovative is also nowhere near the only criterion. There's influence, which Bill G. would be more than happy to school you in.

Lastly, the Hall folks themselves admit that most important factor is unquestionable musical excellence, which even you have admitted they have. The Spinners are extremely deserving, and a huge oversight.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 08.17.15 @ 22:27pm


I have a real pet peeve here. I've mentioned it before several times on this site, and due to recent comments here, feel the need to do so again:

Please STOP referring to the Great R&B and Doo-Wop vocal groups as "bands" .

The term is misleading and inaccurate.

Since WHEN did the term "band" become the proper operative descriptive word for EVERY GROUP in the industry ?
The rule is simple....
"If you DON'T play instruments, then you're NOT A BAND"...plain and simple.

You're a SINGING GROUP or VOCAL GROUP

I've been at odds with several editors at Wikipedia over this issue for YEARS.

They feel that the term "band" should describe EVERY group in the industry....EVEN THOSE WHO ARE NOT.
I disagreed THEN....and I STILL disagree NOW.

The Spinners are NOT a "band".

Neither are:

The Miracles

The Temptations

The Four Tops

James Brown & The Famous Flames

Little Anthony & The Imperials

The Marvelettes

The Chi-Lites

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

The Skyliners

Dion & The Belmonts

Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

The Manhattan Transfer

These are ALL VOCAL GROUPS.

Even if a group has one instrumental member...such as The Miracles' outstanding MARV TARPLIN or The Midnighters' Alonzo Tucker...

They are STILL considered VOCAL GROUPS.

Examples of "Bands" are...

The Commodores

The Doobie Brothers

The Beatles

The Bee Gees

Chic

Kool & The Gang

The Rolling Stones

Led Zeppelin

The Animals

The Beach Boys

Several bands , such as The Four Seasons,The Beach Boys, Chicago, and The Bee Gees, are also known for their outstanding singing...but they are still technically BANDS...due to their accompanying themselves on stage.

....but Not ALL Groups ARE "BANDS"...and shouldn't be referred to as such .

Posted by Bill G. on Tuesday, 08.18.15 @ 01:59am


http://ourrockandrollhalloffame71305.yuku.com/topic/1721/GREAT-VOCAL-GROUP-VS-BAND-DEBATE

Check out my blog "The Great Vocal Group VS. Band Debate" on the "Top of The Charts" website, at the above link.

Posted by Bill G. on Tuesday, 08.18.15 @ 02:06am


AS many and I believe even Phil has stated or alluded to Sales is not enough .... It's innovation .... They certainty were not the first with that formula and not the last .... love them but they are not anything new. As far as musically excellent I agree but many are not in the Hall... Take Peter, Paul and Mary and they even played and wrote many of the songs..Also early innovators not a "Johnny come lately"... If we were to go down that musical concept.. The Sha Na Na should get in way before the Spinners They even had a TV show and played musical instruments . Most if not all musical groups that chart high have musical excellent..They had great production, nice outfits and good writers If it were up to me I would put the production team in....Maybe all the different singers as sidemen just to be fair

Posted by RBFAN on Tuesday, 08.18.15 @ 03:55am


Bill/Phillip, thank you for your comments. The Spinners were huge back in the early 70s. That was the Sound of Summer (IMO), one of their songs on the AM radio as you goofed off at the pool.

They are a HOF band.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 08.18.15 @ 08:12am


RBFan... sales/chart hits aren't enough, but innovation isn't enough either by its lonesome, unless that innovation is huge.

And while I haven't called the Spinners the band, I can see where one would get confused that I was, as I was referring to their style being more bass-driven. My point was that despite APPEARING like a formulaic R&B vocal group, the fact is with songs that were more bass-driven and funkier than other soul vocal groups, nobody sounded like the Spinners. Their sound was unique, and that could be argued to be a form of innovation, imo. I regard Martha And The Vandellas much the same way. Despite being a Motown vocal group with the same house band as everyone else from the label at the time, Martha And The Vandellas' songs just sounded different from every other Motown group's songs at the time. The way they sang, the band had to play differently to make an awesome song. It's a synergy of sorts, and as much as the Funk Brothers deserve props, the singers themselves, Martha And The Vandellas (and for 70's R&B/Philly-styled soul, the Spinners) must also be given their proper credit.

And again, you're purposely ignoring the importance of influence, which the Spinners had quite a bit of too.

The Spinners were NOT formulaic or cookie-cutter by any means. And they belong in the Hall.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 08.18.15 @ 20:03pm


And again, you're purposely ignoring the importance of influence, which the Spinners had quite a bit of too.

The Spinners were NOT formulaic or cookie-cutter by any means. And they belong in the Hall.

I say "poppy cock" ..All of the Soul groups or most worth a salt had their own nuance . Just as most of hit rock bands in the hall or not. Also any musical act that has a top 10 or even a top 100 influences musicians They were just a great R&B Soul band....

If they had a large influence on other musician and artist in whole You would hear their music in many other venues... Such as Movies, TV shows, ads....... The real Spinner is "Thom Bell" .... Their producers and many times their key board player.. He made their sound .He is known as "creator of the Philadelphia style of soul music" . Not saying they are not fantastic performers because they are.! Mr bell is the Spinners the Spinners are not Mr Bell..IMO

Posted by RBFAN on Tuesday, 08.18.15 @ 21:54pm


"Nuance" is one thing. The Stylistics' lead singer is a unique voice. But when you listen to the instrumental intro to a Stylistics song, you could mistake it for a Chi-Lites or Delfonics song. You can't do that with the Spinners. You hear the opening of a Spinners song and you know it's the Spinners. Their sound was different altogether.

And not everyone who has a Top Ten Hit is going to be influential in a significant way. Larry Verne, #1 single with "Mr. Custer"... not influential. Kai Windig's cover of "More" was a sizeable hit... Windig not so influential. The Spinners were consistently impacting on the soundscape and they had a significant influence.

And full props to Thom Bell. He deserves induction, too. But just because we inducted Phil Spector doesn't mean it wasn't right to also induct Ike And Tina Turner, the Righteous Brothers, the Ronettes, Darlene Love, and hopefully one day the Crystals, too. To induct only the producer and not the talent cheapens the actual music itself. It flat-out insults the entire style and subgenre of Philly soul as a mere product of an assembly line. You're essentially saying NO Philly soul artist is deserving, because Philly soul wasn't artistic expression of any kind. Well, songs like "Ghetto Child," "We Are Neighbors," "People Make The World Go Round", "When You Get Right Down To It," "For The Love Of Money," and "Bad Luck" not only disagree with you, they flat-out disprove you.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 08.18.15 @ 23:51pm


And to be semantically pedantic, "poppycock" is one word. Unless you were talking about the male reproductive organ of a flower, in which case the word you mean is "stamen."

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 00:05am


I say balderdash to your disapproving.. I like the Spinners They were a fantastic production group much like the Archie's only soul,,Yes they had a few good big hits sold lots of records.. If you hear a tune your influenced by it good, bad big small.... They had no real long impact... It not how many you sell It's what you sell...Waits, Cohen to name a few not big sellers but make the mark .....As stated they were Johnny come lately" Until they had the right production team They weren't much... Great singers but with out Mr Bell or someone of equal unlikely we would be talking about them ... Before Bell it wasn't working to well...They were a good production group .. They didn't write arrange the music.. They sang it as directed ... A very good choir group... Many church gospel in the south and others parts are equal to them. The production group could have found others to do the job.. That's a complement of the highest degree.. You can get much better than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for example .. Great singers but they come an go...

Posted by RBFAN on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 00:52am


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_vocal_groups

From Wikipedia :

"List Of Vocal Groups"

"A vocal group is a group of singers who sing and harmonize together with a backing band. Some groups do play some of their own instruments, but not all. (Most vocal groups that play their own instruments are generally categorized as "bands" and not "vocal groups"). Some of the most well-known of these groups include The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Platters, The Drifters, The Temptations, The Commodores, The Impressions , The Jackson Five, The Manhattan Transfer, James Brown & The Famous Flames, The Chi-Lites, The Dramatics, The Delfonics, The Pointer Sisters, The Supremes, The Beach Boys, Boyz II Men and Little Anthony & the Imperials."

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 02:34am


A "band" generally BACKS UP the Vocal Group...The Vocal Group ITSELF is NOT A "Band". That's the way It's ALWAYS been.

When did that change ?

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 02:41am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGoxlirCcdU

Check out this interview with Claudette Rogers-Robinson and her son, Berry...and listen to her response when the show's hosts attempt to refer to
The Miracles as a "band".

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 02:46am


They have plenty of talent and longevity, but I think what might be holding back The Spinners is:

1. Lack of a big name in the group. Most Hall Of Fame groups have at least 1 person who rises above the others to become a household name. Think Jim Morrison from The Doors or Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, Don Henley from The Eagles, Clyde McPhatter from The Drifters. Do you really think if a group of average rock fans were asked to name anybody in The Spinners that there would be many correct answers?

2. Too Adult Contemporary oriented. The Spinners never really boiled over, just sort of simmered through most of the 70s. Most of their songs received considerable airplay on those "easy listening" AM and FM stations that don't really exist anymore. Then Came You and Games People Play are the kind of bland songs perfect for the waiting room at the dentist's office. This is the problem that held back Neil Diamond for so many years.

Posted by Darius on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 03:59am


Philip says
"full props to Thom Bell. He deserves induction, too. But just because we inducted Phil Spector doesn't mean it wasn't right to also induct Ike And Tina Turner, the Righteous Brothers, the Ronettes, Darlene Love, and hopefully one day the Crystals, too. To induct only the producer and not the talent cheapens the actual music itself."

First of all Ike and Tina and the Righteous Brothers had hits and wrote many of the songs before Spector came in to the game and after .....In regards to the Ronettes , Crystals and Love They where part of his production group or and or his singers ....With out him they didn't make it for the larger part..

As far as cheapens the acts That maybe true.. Bad production cheap act

Posted by RBFAN on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 07:22am


Besides being an English teacher's aneurysm, let's look at what's wrong with your last two posts. Again, you're making a blanket dismissal of Philly soul. Your contention is that none of the acts of Philly soul are deserving, and that it is all Thom Bell. This is simply incorrect. Thom Bell was a great figure behind the controls, but the vocal group brings its own uniqueness to the studio, and the producer must be able to work with the talent. If they were truly interchangeable, the Spinners' records would sound exactly the same as that of the O'Jays, the Stylistics, the Delfonics, etc. That simply didn't happen. The Spinners had a sound that was all their own, and that can't all be pinned on Thom Bell. Simply illogical. And by extension, you continue to say that Philly soul is not art. Is this what you really believe?

Second, you can still say the same thing about Ike And Tina and the Righteous Brothers. They may have been doing things before Phil Spector, but to use your own words, "it wasn't working to [sic] well." Spector gave them the direction to go, and then they soared. So, you can't praise the Righteous Brothers and Ike And Tina Turner while dissing the Spinners, because their situations are too analogous. As a corollary, the Ronettes, Crystals, and Darlene Love were still and are deserving of enshrinement nonetheless. The producer can do nothing without the talent. Both talent and production must be celebrated.

Third, and maybe this is you showing your true colors here, WHO GIVES A CRAP IF THEY DIDN'T WRITE THEIR STUFF??! This is such a rampant fallacy running amok in Rock Hall discussions that it's plain sickening. It is NOT a requirement, nor should it EVER be, that an act has to write their own songs in order to be worthy of induction into the Hall. Songwriting is a gift, being able to sing well is a gift, playing an instrument is a gift, producing well is a gift. Stop demanding that someone be able to do it all or even the lion's share. All are gifts, talents if you will, and when one excels at it to the point of being historically memorable, they deserve induction. The Spinners were excellent singers with a unique, unmistakable sound to their records, with an incredible amount of success and influence to boot. They deserve induction. Besides which the history of the music industry has not been racially unbiased in encouraging minority artists to be multi-faceted. Motown, yes, but the music industry at large, no.

Fourth, when we speak of "influence" in a discussion of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, we are speaking of a bit more than ripples in the pond. Hearing a song is not "influence," in this context. We're not talking about the adage, "No man can step in the same river twice for it is not the same river, nor is he the same man." That's not what we're discussing here. Your attempt to dismiss their influence is pithy.

As far as Motown goes, by that logic, you know who else shouldn't be in the Hall? The Isley Brothers. The Isleys were at Motown at one point, and only one song of theirs while there is remembered: "This Old Heart Of Mine." Not being a good fit at Motown is not reason to deny them induction.

And a lot of R&B acts, both groups and solo artists, had a tendency to struggle for years before finding their niche, their sound, their home. Whether it was finding the right people to be in the group, coming across a sound that works, or maybe finding a record label that will treat them fairly. Your statement about the stagnation of the Spinners can be said about a MYRIAD of R&B artists (heck, it can be said about myriads of artists of every genre). It is so utterly ridiculous that it embarrasses you.

Your comparison to the Archies is so stupid that I don't need to say anything about it except to point out that you actually said that. Wow.

"As far as cheapens the acts That maybe true.. Bad production cheap act"

Okay, there's no way you can honestly think that's what I said. You're being purposely obtuse now.

The Spinners definitely deserve induction.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 12:31pm



Philip says

"As far as cheapens the acts That maybe true.. Bad production cheap act"

Okay, there's no way you can honestly think that's what I said. You're being purposely obtuse now.

The Spinners definitely deserve induction.hi"

LOL well you don't need to go to Broadway to see something playing absurd or in this case read ,,,That has to be the most naive comment I have read from you ever...

There are more great singers than great production groups If that were not true.. There would be more BIG ACTS Some are both.! The Spinners are not.. LOL I wonder who even owns the name ..?? .lol Nothing wrong with that and many including the Beatles..They had a better production then their musicianship.. Have stated that.. They were leading not "Johnny come lately" and played some of the music a wrote many of the songs,,a PERFECT MATCH ,THEY HAD THE BEST PRODUCTION AT THE TIME.IMO
Philip you have made a very poor case as hard as you tried.. You never know less have gotten IN so they have chance..



Posted by RBFAN on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 13:07pm


Dude, I can't even make sense of what you're saying. Are you drunk right now? I seriously can't figure out what the hell you're trying to say, at least not the details. The Spinners weren't "Johnny come lately" to the sound of Philly soul. They weren't the first, but by the time Philly soul really broke through to the public consciousness, to the widest audiences, in the early '70s, the Spinners were near the front of the battle charge.

Also, what does it matter who owns the name? The Supremes lost the right to their name for a time, and may still not have that right. I stopped following that case. The intellectual property rights aren't at issue here, and even if they were, the Truth In Music acts that have passed in multiple states have put a stop to impostors.

Seriously, at this point what you're trying to say breaks down completely. Reply when you sober up and have learned how to write coherently.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 14:30pm


I totally agree with you, Philip, about The Spinners deserving induction, but The Isley Brothers are a poor example to use. They ALWAYS wrote their own stuff...before, during, and AFTER Motown.
Don't believe it? Ask Michael Bolton.
He's still reeling from the 12 MILLION-DOLLAR-LAWSUIT JUDGEMENT that the Isley's won against him for plagiarizing their song "Love Is A Wonderful Thing".
Do you know just how many artists recorded their self-composed first hit, "SHOUT" ?

Too many to name...

The Human Beinz recorded the Isley's song "Nobody But Me" and had a HUGE hit with it...

The Outsiders had a hit with the Isley's "Respectable" (What Kind Of Girl Is This)"

...and THESE songs were from the early SIXTIES...
BEFORE their self-written Seventies hits.

As for YOU ,RBFAN:
According to my friend Charles Crossley, over at the "Top Of The Charts" website, (where I'm a contributing writer)...

"The Spinners have been cited as an influence by, have had their songs covered or sampled by, and have collaborated with the following:

Eric Clapton, the Supremes, David Bowie, Elton John, the Four Tops, Public Enemy, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Dionne Warwick, Rakim of Eric B. & Rakim, Todd Rundgren, LL Cool J, Doobie Brothers, Hall & Oates, 2Pac, Charles Mingus, Boyz II Men, Jay-Z, Lionel Richie, Bobby Brown, John Hiatt, R. Kelly, Atlantic Starr, Phyllis Hyman, Afghan Whigs, Regina Belle, William Bell, Earl Klugh, Ween, DMX, D'Angelo, Youssou N'Dour, Otis Clay, Mobb Deep, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Lisa Stansfield, Ray Parker, Jr., Phil Perry, Debarge, CeCe Peniston, Freddie Jackson, Rebbie Jackson, Will Downing, Lupe Fiasco, Joan Osborne, Talib Kweli, Monie Love, Full Force, the Family, Tony Orlando & Dawn and Jeffrey Osborne among many others."

With THAT kind of influence, The SPINNERS definitely deserve induction...Thom Bell or NO Thom Bell.
The ONLY thing that held the Spinners back at Motown was pure POLITICS...not lack of talent.
Their incredible post-Motown success PROVES THAT.

Remember,it was their talent, and Bobby Smith's unique tenor voice...

that caused Thom Bell to seek THEM out....
...not the other way around.
Just because they weren't suited for Motown ,doesn't mean they weren't TALENTED.
Artists , writers, and producers have been playing musicial chairs with each other for as long as music has existed.
Some combinations worked...others didn't




Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 15:29pm


***EXAMPLES***

THE PERSUADERS were the first to record the song "YOU'RE THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME"...
IT WAS EVEN THE TITLE SONG OF THEIR ALBUM OF THE SAME NAME .

But even backed by the famous Philly musicians over at Gamble , Huff and Bell's famous Sigma Sound studios...
The song wasn't a hit.

But, later, GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS made it a SMASH !!

LOU RAWLS was the first to record the song "WIND BENEATH MY WINGS.

He was the first to score a major hit with the song, as his version peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, No. 60 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart, and No. 65 on the main Billboard Hot 100 singles chart....

But BETTE MIDLER had a MUCH BIGGER HIT because it was associated with her hit film, "Beaches".

LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS were the first to record "YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE". It actually was recorded by them expressly for the James Bond film of the SAME NAME...

But NANCY SINATRA'S big daddy FRANK intervined...
and saw to it that his daughter's version (which wasn't NEARLY as good as The Imperials'...)
was used for the film and it's soundtrack INSTEAD.
And Little Anthony & The Imperials' superior single version TANKED.
Why were the ORIGINAL versions of these songs IGNORED...
While later versions by other artists became HITS ?...
WHY did the Isley's ORIGINAL versions of the aforementioned songs flop...
while later versions by other artists become hits?
The right combinations of writers, producers, artists,with a little POLITICS and maybe even some racism in the mix...
That is no reflection on the talent of the original artist, who MAY or MAY NOT have written the song...
And it certainly doesn't mean that artists who are non-writers...
are not talented, or don't belong in the Hall.
No member of THE TEMPTATIONS wrote a single , solitary Top 40 Hit...
....While their labelmates, THE MIRACLES, wrote DOZENS..for themselves, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, The Marvelettes,The Contours, AND for The Temptations...

So how did the TEMPS get inducted BEFORE them ??
Obviously , not being songwriters didn't hurt THEIR CHANCES...
And it shouldn't be a strike against THE SPINNERS EITHER !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 16:02pm


Two other important factors,in,determining just WHY a song by ONE artist is a hit, and that SAME song by ANOTHER artist is not...are:

***PROMOTION and TIMING***

One song or artist gets proper promotion. The same song,by another ,is not.

It is a known fact that The Spinners did not get proper promotion while at Motown. For seven long years at the label, they only scored 3 hits:
"I'll Always Love You", "Truly Yours", and "It's A Shame".
And NONE OF THEM were properly promoted.Not even Stevie Wonder,one of Motown's "A" list artists, who wrote "It's A Shame", had enough clout to get this song released. It sat in the Motown vaults for a WHOLE YEAR before it was finally released.
But, in THIS case the TIMING worked !!! It became the Spinners' biggest hit EVER until that point, and made them more marketable to other labels when their Motown contract lapsed...

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 16:51pm


Want to thank Bill G, Philip, RB Fan, Darius for the outstanding The Spinners talk on their contributions and worthiness of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. King's Take:I think The Spinners will be inducted this time if nominated. Their best cases are their influence on several artists and I think the quality of hit songs. Rubberband Man, I'll Be Around, & Falling In Love were excellent songs. I think Ben E. King, Deep Purple, & The Spinners will be inducted this voting cycle.

I think The Spinners are deserving and it might help Kool & The Gang, The Commodores, and similar bands receive an induction when The Spinners are inducted. There seems to be more of a discussion and push for The Spinners in 2015 this time around on FRL and other forums. Perhaps some deaths of The Spinners in recent years has contributed to this as well as their nomination last time. Music fans have looked through The Spinners catalog and have found a string of hit songs and excellent music.
Born in the mid 70's, I missed The Spinners golden times but have appreciated their music and songs in recent years. I would vote for The Spinners RRHOF. KING

Posted by KING on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 19:01pm


Yeah Bill, not the best but using the Isleys was to point out that sometimes a label and an artist don't gel together. And since both were on Motown briefly, they were the handiest example. The business is full of examples of record labels not realizing the diamonds they had until they'd slipped through their fingers.

Good to be on the same side of the debate as you. It's A Shame (oh yeah, pun intended) our disagreements are more pronounced.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 19:03pm


Dude, I can't even make sense of what you're saying. Are you drunk right now? I seriously can't figure out what the hell you're trying to say, at least not the details. The Spinners weren't "Johnny come lately" to the sound of Philly soul. They weren't the first, but by the time Philly soul really broke through to the public consciousness, to the widest audiences, in the early '70s, the Spinners were near the front of the battle charge.

------------------------------------------------

Now Now Philip lets not try to one down because you can't one up..
If you didn't understand what I said ,then how did you reply to my statements? Hard to have it both ways.....
As much as it is a pleasure to my ears to hear the Spinners.. It was a production project ....
As far as influence ...I agree, Every Time I hear Clapton Dobbies , Bowie and even Elton I say "gee I sure hear lots of Spinners"...LOL ..Please take five to the bridge and give it a break ....LMAO......

You are to funny... As mention less have gotten but better should be in..
TTL

Posted by RBFAN on Thursday, 08.20.15 @ 00:45am


I'd like to see The Spinners and The Marvelettes get inducted to stick it to Motown !!!

Can you imagine how Berry and Co. would feel ...to see the two groups that THEY thought would never make it: the 5 country girls from Inkster Michigan... and the 5 guys that THEY thought would never be good enough for ANYTHING but being chauffeurs for the company's "A" list stars...the two groups that never GOT ANYTHING MORE THAN A MINIMUM OF PROMOTION...get INDUCTED into THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME ???

Take THAT , Motown !!!

Now...let's get them and THE COMMODORES IN...and THEN we can concentrate on MARY WELLS & JR WALKER & THE ALL-STARS next !!!

MAYBE EVEN RICK JAMES & THE STONE CITY BAND !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 08.20.15 @ 14:52pm


All of the original Spinners are now DEAD except for Henry.
If we wait TOO long, we're gonna lose HIM too...then WHO'LL BE ALIVE TO ACCEPT ??

Unless the Hall also chooses to also induct G.C.Cameron and John Edwards.

Both were on some significant recordings, so, it's a possibility...

But, HENRY is a MUST !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 08.20.15 @ 15:12pm


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFSB8EKky5E

Interview with HENRY FAMBROUGH- the LAST surviving ORIGINAL MEMBER of THE SPINNERS

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 08.20.15 @ 15:15pm


***NO ONE ELSE*** IN THE INDUSTRY SANG WITH YOUR TYPE of HARMONY.

-Thom Bell (talking to the Spinners)

THAT'S why he signed to work with them

The Spinners HAD that harmony BEFORE they even worked with him....
You were saying about "talent ?"

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 08.20.15 @ 15:42pm


RBFan, I can have it both ways... as I explained, I responded to what I could understand, and gave up on the rest. You're still mostly incoherent though. Take some remedial English classes.

As Bill pointed out, Bell sought the Spinners out. That pretty much disproves them as an interchangeable part in Bell labs.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 08.21.15 @ 00:53am


****The SPINNERS****
"Remember,it was their talent, and Bobby Smith's unique tenor voice...

that caused Thom Bell to seek THEM out....
...not the other way around."

Yes, that's just what I read..

And just what I said.

Sorry to get the Phillippe fans all bent out of shape..
But he wasn't even IN the Spinners when they recorded their first hit in 1961..
Nor was we in the group during their Motown Era, when Thom Bell first noticed them...
So, he had NOTHING TO DO with Thom Bell's decision to work with them....
BOBBY SMITH sand lead on their first hit, "THAT'S WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE FOR" in '61.

BOBBY SMITH sang lead on their SECOND HIT, I'll Always Love You" on Motown in 1965..

BOBBY SMITH also sang on their THIRD HIT,"Truly Yours", for Motown in 1966..

BOBBY SMITH sang lead on the group's FIRST MILLION SELLER, "I'll Be Around" in 1972....
AND ...
BOBBY SMITH sang lead on their SECOND MILLION SELLER, "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" also on 1972.
BOBBY SMITH also sang lead on their FOURTH MILLION SELLER AND FIRST # 1 HIT...
"Then Came You" in a duet with Dionne Warwick...
AND .
It AGAIN WAS...
BOBBY SMITH who sang lead on their FIFTH MILLION SELLER...
"Games People Play" in 1975.
And you already heard what Henry said in the video that I posted the link for...
that BOBBY SMITH WAS THE MAIN LEAD SINGER OF THE SPINNERS
So I don't wanna hear ANY MORE CRAP...

About PHILLIPPE BEING SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SPINNERS' SUCCESS...
...when it was BOBBY who led on most of their BIGGEST HITS !!!!

*****TRUTH in MUSIC*****

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 08.21.15 @ 02:12am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-PA7MeGKCs

DICK CLARK INTERVIEWS THE SPINNERS # 1

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 08.21.15 @ 04:57am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBqCEDJ_zH4

DICK CLARK interviews the SPINNERS #2

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 08.21.15 @ 04:59am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EabH1Y0Kz4g

DICK CLARK interviews THE SPINNERS (again ?)

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 08.21.15 @ 05:02am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQssoVcw74I

DICK CLARK interviews THE SPINNERS (WHAT THE !!!)

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 08.21.15 @ 05:08am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTOfefUxKIE

BOBBY SMITH and THE SPINNERS

"Could It Be I'm Falling In Love"

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 08.21.15 @ 05:16am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfG47NsWVYA

BOBBY SMITH and THE SPINNERS

"I'll Be Around"

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 08.21.15 @ 05:22am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7oZJkH8zgc

BOBBY SMITH and THE SPINNERS

"Games People Play"

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 08.21.15 @ 05:27am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AGIiTUL9Yw

THE SPINNERS (featuring BOBBY SMITH)

"THAT'S WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE FOR"

Their very FIRST HIT (1961)

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 08.21.15 @ 06:00am


Love The Spinners discussion. They should be nominated & inducted in 2015-2016. Excellent catalogue of hit songs and an incredible longevity and influence on music groups then and now. Ben E. King :) Deep Purple The Spinners look like 3 inductees possibly with 3 or 4 group spots left. Thanks for Bill G. for your info and research on The Spinners. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 08.22.15 @ 23:38pm


http://ourrockandrollhalloffame71305.yuku.com/topic/1736/The-Spinners?page=1

"Thanks for Bill G. for your info and research on The Spinners."-KING

Thanks for the kind words, KING !!!

For more on The Spinners check out Charles Crossley's blog on The SPINNERS at the "Top Of The Charts" website at the above link.

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 08.23.15 @ 01:13am


http://ourrockandrollhalloffame71305.yuku.com/topic/1736/The-Spinners?page=1
"Thanks for Bill G. for your info and research on The Spinners."-KING
Thanks for the kind words, KING !!
For more on The Spinners check out Charles Crossley's blog on The SPINNERS at the "Top Of The Charts" website at the above link.

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 08.23.15 @ 01:31am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJsQ3t8hEqM

BOBBY SMITH and THE SPINNERS

"TRULY YOURS" (Motown-1966)

A HUGE R&B HIT, and my All-Time FAVORITE Spinners song !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 08.23.15 @ 01:50am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeX8Usqx3hA&list=PLb0y0AJGMFuaKYpjcgUIFI-WT7RInmd2b
Any darned FOOL who thinks that THE SPINNERS were just "mindless, emotionless, meaningless crap" needs to see THIS VIDEO...from the 1975 Grammy Awards...
*****The SPINNERS*****

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 09.23.15 @ 10:11am


I know, Bill. Little Stevie is full of shit on that.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 09.23.15 @ 15:23pm


It NEVER ceases to amaze me how these so-called "Rock Critics and Experts" can sit down, listen to two or three of an artist's or group's songs , and then make a "subjective criticism" of that artist's ENTIRE CAREER. And then, have the audacity to PRINT and SPREAD their incorrect opinion ALL ACROSS THE INTERNET, so as to influence the opinions of OTHERS so as to influence THEM to accept that biased opinion !!!
They fail to take into consideration that their are many people who LOVE that particular group. If they DIDN'T, NO ONE WOULD CARE ABOUT THAT CRITIC'S OPINIONS IN THE FIRST PLACE !!!
The SPINNERS (and the Marvelous MARVELETTES) deserve to be inducted...and I hope that they get another chance...That's why I say , DON'T LISTEN TO CRITICS !!! Listen to the MUSIC !!! And come to your OWN conclusions !!! At the end of the day, THAT is ALL THAT MATTERS !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 09.24.15 @ 12:07pm


The Spinners

01. Henry Fambrough (1961-Present: vocals)
02. Bobbie Smith (1961-2013: vocals)
03. Pervis Jackson (1961-2008: vocals)
04. Billy Henderson (1961-2004: vocals)
05. George Cameron (1967-1972; 2000-2003: vocals)
06. Philippe Wynne (1972-1977: vocals)
07. John Edwards (1977-2000: vocals)

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.12.15 @ 09:41am


It is such a same that people can not respect the true art "THE MUSIC" it's all about the music. Such hate for your brother man can cause a complete breakdown in the ability to respect the entire issue. All of the members of this wonderful group should be credited for their contribution whether from the beginning or until the end, they all CONTRIBUTED to giving the people what they wanted and love to hear come across the radio airwaves. Especially, Bobby Smith, Phillpe Whynn, John Edwards and GC Cameron were lead singers that no matter what anyone has to say will be remembered as the Spinners. Yes Henry and Chico, Billy and Pervis were background singer and background singers ONLY! Don't get it twisted! Yes Henry is the original member still performing, but how many of the songs does he lead while still performing? GC Cameron is still alive and performing but due to the hate of Henry he is not mentioned. GC was the lead singer on the Spinners biggest hit "Its Ashame" composed by the one and only Stevie "The" Wonder. Where was Henry oh yes background! Not to forget when Spinners lead singer John Edward had taken sick and the Spinners had numerous contractual obligations to fulfil who stepped in to help them "THE LEGENDARY GC CAMERON" again where was Henry? Once again in the background.
I say this to say again ALL members are just as equally important as others no matter what the selfish opinions of others are be a TEAM Player not a hater are really a group to be inducted! Because of the that hate for the other members I pray that the group get inducted because that is the only time Henry Fambrough name will be remembered!

Posted by sosoyeah on Monday, 10.19.15 @ 22:04pm


It looks like the Rock Hall won't be inducting George Cameron and John Edwards with the Spinners, but they will induct Philippe Wynne. Cameron and Edwards are not mentioned in the Rock Hall bio yet.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.20.15 @ 06:06am


Shame The Spinners did not make induction this time. This might be their last chance with several groups like Pearl Jam, Radiohead, DMB, Counting Crows, STP up soon. Plus good R&B with Janet, Kool & The Gang, The Commodores etc will be in the mix. They are truly deserving of RRHOF. I supported them this year and will in the future. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 12.18.15 @ 01:50am


Shame The Spinners did not make induction this time. This might be their last chance with several groups like Pearl Jam, Radiohead, DMB, Counting Crows, STP up soon. Plus good R&B with Janet, Kool & The Gang, The Commodores etc will be in the mix. They are truly deserving of RRHOF. I supported them this year and will in the future. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 12.18.15 @ 01:51am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=levMmeFAES8

****THE SPINNERS****

An Open Letter to the ROCK and ROLL HALL of FAME on behalf of THE SPINNERS !!!
THREE NOMINATIONS...NO INDUCTION !!!!
How about it , RRHOF ?

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 01.4.16 @ 11:14am


It's HIGH TIME that the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME stopped their self-imposed moratorium on inducting Classic Soul R&B Artists !!!

Too many heavy hitters and legendary artists are being deliberately being LEFT OUT !!!

****WHY ??****

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 01.4.16 @ 11:23am


To all you wantbe they should "be in" spin fans All I can say is.... They didn't get in.....Good vocals nice music but nothin for nothin new in its day ..I was a a local church here in Dixie just last weekend on a beautiful Sunday afternoon ... Now there was some singing goin on there ! The beat and groove was like I aint ever heard before ! You talk about inspiration??? Heck even the wind blowin through the trees were movin with the feel... ... .......imo...ta ta to you love and peace lol

Posted by rbfan on Friday, 01.22.16 @ 21:14pm


Don't know what the hell you're saying here rbfan. The Spinners absolutely deserve induction to the Rock Hall. They have been nominated 3 times, so they are constantly on the shortlist of acts the nominating committee wants inducted: whether you like them or not. Despite any personal taste, the Spinners are one of the cornerstones of 70's Soul/R&B music and, besides the O'Jays, the definitive Philadelphia Soul act of that decade.

Posted by Nick on Friday, 01.22.16 @ 22:24pm


It was or is a honor to be considered so may times ... Hopefully the hall will continue to find acts that did something different or on the cutting edge.. Great music but just more of the same.. .. If we were to pick by states or cities then that is a different story ..BTW the Spinners started as a Motown act aka Detroit..It was their producer Thom Bell that was from Philly and help created that early sound. when he took them on in 1972..after Motown ended.. you may want to think more about Dee Dee Sharp,The Stylistics to name a few they are from Philly
I could see the production team getting Thom Bell or ,wardrobe maybe..

Posted by rbfan on Saturday, 01.23.16 @ 07:59am


Come to think about it I would add the The Delfonics "La-La Means I Love You" They are from Philly produced by Thom Bell 1968 now were talking the true so called beginnings of the "Philly Sound " ....
Thom Bell is the sound....that you speak of

Posted by rbfan on Saturday, 01.23.16 @ 08:25am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=levMmeFAES8

******The SPINNERS******

An OPEN LETTER to The ROCK and ROLL HALL of FAME on behalf of THE SPINNERS.
THREE NOMINATIONS...NO INDUCTION !!!!
How about it , RRHOF ?
Not Just The SPINNERS. The Hall of Fame has simply bypassed almost ALL artists of "THE SOUL TRAIN ERA". That is, artists that came of age during the rise of SOUL TRAIN (Late Sixties-Early Seventies R&B and SOUL) and even artists from BEFORE THAT !!! WHERE are the nominations and inductions for: THE DRAMATICS, THE STYLISTICS, THE DELFONICS, BARRY WHITE, LOU RAWLS, HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES, THE WHISPERS, GENE CHANDLER, MARY WELLS , WAR, THE MARVELETTES, JR. WALKER & THE ALL STARS, BLUE MAGIC, THE MAIN INGREDIENT, THE CHI-LITES, JOHNNIE TAYLOR, THE POINTER SISTERS, THE COMMODORES, JERRY BUTLER (SOLO) BEN E. KING (SOLO) , THE OHIO PLAYERS,JOE TEX, RICK JAMES & THE STONE CITY BAND, THE MANHATTANS, RUFUS AND CARLA THOMAS, ASHFORD & SIMPSON, WHITFIELD & STRONG...THE ORIGINAL JAMES BROWN BAND (NOT JUST THE 70'S J.B.'S) , DIONNE WARWICK, and numerous others....including **DON CORNELIUS HIMSELF !!!***HOW can the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME just BYPASS an ENTIRE GENRE of MUSIC....and go STRAIGHT TO INDUCTING 80'S RAPPERS ?WAKE UP , HALL OF FAME !!!! STOP YOUR **ROCKISM* and induct artists from ALL BRANCHES OF ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC !!! R&B/SOUL IS A LEGITIMATE BRANCH OF ROCK AND ROLL....IN FACT, IT'S ONE OF IT'S PROGENITORS !!!**STOP BANNING SOUL,FUNK,& R&B ARTISTS from THE ROCK and ROLL HALL of FAME .

Posted by Bill G. on Tuesday, 02.2.16 @ 08:51am


Are you going to print the letter 800 times? Because it's not the institute keeping the Soinners out, not the Nominating Committee, but the Voting Committee.

Posted by The_Claw on Tuesday, 02.2.16 @ 13:13pm


That's exactly who I want to read it... And see it .

Posted by Bill G on Wednesday, 02.3.16 @ 00:26am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=levMmeFAES8

*****THE SPINNERS*****

Three nominations...NO induction..for one of the most deserving groups in Soul and Rock and Roll History.
Had their first hit in 1961...long before 75% of the artists discussed on these pages even existed !!
Let's get the Spinners in this time !!

Posted by b on Friday, 10.14.16 @ 03:45am


Let's get Bobby Smith and The Spinners inducted in 2017 !!!

And The Marvelettes and Mary Wells !!

Posted by bill g on Friday, 10.14.16 @ 03:47am


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=levMmeFAES8

****THE SPINNERS****

An Open Letter to the ROCK and ROLL HALL of FAME on behalf of THE SPINNERS !!!
THREE NOMINATIONS...NO INDUCTION !!!!
How about it , RRHOF ?
Please STOP THIS stupid BAN on inducting R&B acts in favor of RAP...
And induct Dionne Warwick , Barry White, The Commodores , The Pointer Sisters, The Marvelettes, WAR, Patti LaBelle & The BlueBelles/LaBelle, and numerous other acts that you've been ignoring all these years !!!

Posted by bill g on Friday, 10.14.16 @ 03:55am


The Spinners have been nominated 3 times that I can remember. Nom Com has done its diligence placing The Spinners on the ballot. The Spinners were on a stacked ballot with Chicago, Deep Purple, Steve Miller etc last year. Can't blame the voters last year 2015-2016. Listening to The Spinners Greatest Hits, I definitely believe The Spinners deserve RRHOF induction. Many of the original Spinners are deceased and I hope they receive the honor this cycle. The Spinners singers were all awesome and tight vocal harmonies accompanied by orchestration on many songs. Songs like Cupid and Rubberband Man plus I'll Be Around are Classics. Timeless songs. Bill G's posts on The Spinners are right on the money. Voters should listen to The Spinners Greatest Hits. Those songs are outstanding and Spinners deserving of RRHOF. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 10.14.16 @ 18:27pm


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=levMmeFAES8

*****The SPINNERS*****

An Open Letter to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted by Bill G on Sunday, 12.25.16 @ 04:14am


The Spinners are a good R&B act missing from the Rock Hall of Fame. A whole bunch of Rap acts were inducted ahead of them. R&B has been avoided for induction the last couple years. They have been nominated 3 times that I know of. They were nominated for 2016. This was after the firing of those 14 committee members. So clearly the Spinners fan is still on the comittee. The Spinners were a good R&b of the 70s left behind.

Songs like Games People Play and Rubberband Man plus Cupid are classics. Those songs are great and the Spinners belong in the RRHOF. Rap had its turn twice. R&b is an African American genre to not avoid. The Spinners should be inducted in 2018.

Posted by Ben on Thursday, 04.20.17 @ 07:32am


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