(Please note: The name “The Detroit Spinners” was used in the UK to avoid confusion with a British folk group also called “The Spinners” – I have always known them as “The Detroit Spinners” so that’s the name I’ve gone with)
The Detroit Spinners are an American R&B vocal group. They were founded in 1954 as The Domingoes when friends Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson and C. P. Spencer came together. Bobby (or Bobbie) Smith joined soon after, and C.P. Spencer then left and went on to join The Originals. The group renamed themselves as The Spinners in 1961 and found their first success under the management of Harvey Fuqua (who was married to Berry Gordy‘s sister Gwen) at his Tri-Phi record company.
Tri-Phi and its entire artist roster was bought out by Berry Gordy (Harvey’s brother-in-law). The Spinners were then assigned to the Motown label. Commercial success mostly eluded the group at their stay at Motown. G.C. Cameron eventually joined and led the group on their first big success, the Stevie Wonder-produced song “It’s A Shame” in 1970. Shortly after, they left Motown, on the advice of Aretha Franklin, to Atlantic Records. G.C. Cameron had to stay at Motown for contractual reasons; he continued to record for Motown as a solo artist. Instead his cousin Philippe Wynne took over as one of the group’s lead singers.
They found huge success at Atlantic with soul songs like “I’ll Be Around”, “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love?” and “The Rubberband Man”, and even hitting the charts with disco songs like “Working My Way Back To You” and a cover of Elton John’s “Are You Ready For Love?” (all my favourites).
The group, with Henry Fambrough as its only original member, continues to tour today.
- Henry Fambrough (1954–present)
- Bobby Smith (1954-2013)
- Pervis Jackson (1954-2008)
- Billy Henderson (1954-2004)
- C. P. Spencer (1954-56)
- James Edwards (1954
- George Dixon (1956-63)
- Edgar “Chico” Edwards (1963-67)
- G. C. Cameron (1967-72, 2000-03)
- Philippé Wynne (1972-1977)
- John Edwards (1977-2000)
- Frank Washington (2003-2009)
- Harold “Spike” Bonhart (2004-2009)
- Charlton Washington (2009–present)
- Jessie Robert Peck (2009–present)
- Marvin Taylor (2009–present)
- Ronnie Moss (2013–present)
The Marvels of The Detroit Spinners
- I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
- TOO LATE I LEARNED
- IT’S A SHAME