A documentary on the group -- formed in the 1950s but most popular in the 1970s -- was on TV One this past weekend.%0D %0D Any fans, here?
|by Anonymous||reply 49||08/01/2013|
No, never liked them.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||09/06/2011|
One of my all time favs.%0D %0D Rubberband Man
|by Anonymous||reply 2||09/06/2011|
Loved their early stuff at Motown, especially "Truly Yours." But like so many others at Motown, there career was sacrificed at the altar of Miss Ross, especially after HDH left Motown.%0D %0D Their Tom Bell/Linda Creed works at Philly International are classics IMHO, especially "Mighty Love."
|by Anonymous||reply 3||09/06/2011|
Thanks for the heads up. I'll look out for a rerun. %0D %0D The lead singer had an amazing voice and doesn't get near enough credit.
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R3,%0D %0D Bell's first name has in [italic]h[/italic] in it.%0D %0D Thom Bell.%0D %0D He was the Grammys' first-ever Producer of the Year winner, in 1974, for The Spinners' [italic]Mighty Love[/italic] album.%0D %0D Linda Creed co-wrote "The Greatest Love of All" and died in 1986 from cancer.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/06/2011|
I get The Spinners confused with The Whispers.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||09/06/2011|
I like them
|by Anonymous||reply 7||09/06/2011|
I really loved them a lot.
"Games People Play" is THE SHIT.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||09/06/2011|
"But like so many others at Motown, there career was sacrificed at the altar of Miss Ross."%0D %0D Are you Mary Wilson or Gladys Knight?%0D %0D The Spinners had huge success after leaving Motown. They enjoyed a good seven, eight years of constant chart success at Atlantic, where they did work that was FAR superior to Motown.%0D %0D Their careers suffered because of disco, not Motown.%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 9||09/06/2011|
Possibly my favorite song ever:
Spinners - I'll Be Around
|by Anonymous||reply 10||09/06/2011|
I lost my homo cherry while Rubberband Man was playing to a 6 foot blonde adonis. He was totally beautiful. Good times.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||09/06/2011|
Saw them in the 70s with my mom at Westchester Premiere Theatre.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||09/06/2011|
then came you!
|by Anonymous||reply 13||09/06/2011|
Loved their version of "Working My Way Back To You / Forgive Me, Girl". Just really catchy and uplifting. Also loved "It's A Shame".
|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/06/2011|
I never get tired of hearing "I'll Be Around", even after all these years. I thought Phillipe Wynn was a great R&B singer, very distinctive.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||09/06/2011|
It's A Shame - one of my all-time favorites.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||09/06/2011|
I was kind enough to let them appear on "Dionne and Friends" back in the 90s.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/06/2011|
Love them, and love Unsung. The best show no one is watching seems.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/06/2011|
I've been watching Unsung since it started. I love that they found many of the artists that I've wanted to hear from again like DeBarge, The Sylvers, Cherrelle, Alexander O'Neal, Evelyn Champagne King and Mickey Howard. It's a really well produced show.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/06/2011|
I love the one hour biography, "Unsung." Some of the recent shows have focused on: Phyllis Hyman, Alexander O'Neal & Charelle, Teena Marie, The Sylvers, Billy Preston, Mary Wells, Sylvester, and Tammi Terrell.%0D %0D Tune in.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/06/2011|
The episode about Mary Wells was very good too. I didn't realize she was the artist that really got Motown off the ground. And she was quite cute when she was younger.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||09/06/2011|
" But like so many others at Motown, there career was sacrificed at the altar of Miss Ross, especially after HDH left Motown."
Stop making shit up R3. You obviously drank the victim kool aid. A lot of the artists evolved to the trend in the 70s, but a lot of them didn't. Take a look at all the Motown artists who had hits in then. Get a grip, man.
BTW, I loved "Love Don't Love Nobody" by the Spinners.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/06/2011|
Love The Spinners! Have some great memories of their music "back in the day." Unsung is a great series. Just watched Mary Wells and Billy Preston this weekend. Lots of fascinating, little known info.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/07/2011|
They were treated like second class citizens at Motown and never got any decent material or promotion. The Temptations were the label's focus.
Aretha Franklin is the one who got them on Atlantic Records, where they went on to become a huge success with millions of records sold with Thom Bell producing.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/07/2011|
Saw them live few years ago...still sound great.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/07/2011|
The Spinners are one of my favorite groups of all time. Loved all their songs but if I had to pick, it would be I'll Be Around.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/07/2011|
Philippe Wynne had a wonderful pop voice. The Spinners are still one of my favorite groups.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/07/2011|
I third the I'll Be Around shout out. There is also an excellent dance version of that by Terri Wells. Also love One of a Kind Love Affair and Then Came You. Phillipe's voice is one of the iconic 70s soul voices up there with Teddy, Eddie Levert and Jimmy Ellis of the Trammps.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/07/2011|
R9/R22 obviously have reading comnprehension problems. R3 never claimed the Spinners didn't have great success after leaving Motown. The point of R3's post is that the Spinners, along with the Isley Brothers, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips and others all left Motown because they felt they weren't getting the right materials, the right producers and the right promotion because of Motown's limited resources. And what resources Motown did have were being spent on Miss Ross' solo career. And they were right. All of the above mentioned groups had much more success after leaving Motown than they did while they were there.%0D %0D Hell, even Stevie Wonder considered leaving leaving Motown in the early 70's, tired of the artistic constraints on his career.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/07/2011|
They should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/07/2011|
Another vote for "I'll be Around". Lost my hymen to a lesbian Marine to that song.%0D %0D El Toro, MCAS, circa 1972
|by Anonymous||reply 31||09/07/2011|
I went to see the Temptations in the early 90s and the Spinners opened for them. The Spinners KILLED. The Temptations looked like an act playing a nursing home compared to the Spinners. It was embarrassing.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/07/2011|
You can't get much better or smoother classic R&B than "I'll Be Around" or "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love?".
|by Anonymous||reply 33||09/07/2011|
The episode about Billy Preston discussed Billy's homosexuality.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||09/07/2011|
I didn't know Preston was gay when I was listening to him back in the 70's. It was pretty surprising when I first heard about it.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||09/07/2011|
Ha R31..that would make an interesting threads..songs we gave it up to. Mine was Heart of Glass and then into Viola Will's If You Could Read My Mind.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||09/07/2011|
[quote]Phillipe's voice is one of the iconic 70s soul voices up there with Teddy, Eddie Levert and Jimmy Ellis of the Trammp
And may I add these other (unsung?) great lead singers of 70's soul, Russell Thompkins, Jr. of the Stylistics, Lenny Williams of Tower of Power, Cuba Gooding Sr., of The Main Ingredient, Maurice White and Phillip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire. I love them all.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||09/07/2011|
Billy Preston is gay? How did I not know that?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||09/08/2011|
I loved the Spinners. They were neglected by Motown, but reached success with Atlantic.%0D %0D Disco didn't ruin the Spinners, they had great success for the entire period of the disco era. They just got older like most groups do. Their last big hit was a cover of "Workin' My Way Back To You" which had a definite disco beat to it.%0D They did a cover of "Cupid" which also did well, but they faded after that. %0D %0D They're still around as a group, however, many of the original and subsequent members have died.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||09/08/2011|
[quote]Billy Preston is gay? How did I not know that?
Was. He died a while back.
I loved the Spinners. When I think of the greats of 70s soul, it's always Earth, Wind & Fire, the Commodores, then the Spinners. It's nice to see they aren't forgotten.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||09/08/2011|
Love them.%0D %0D I knew my mom had good taste in music when she introduced me to "One of a Kind(Love affair)...
|by Anonymous||reply 41||09/08/2011|
Which group did I Believe IN You And Me? I loved that song
|by Anonymous||reply 42||09/09/2011|
r28 posts for me. I loved One of a Kind Love Affair. Such a unique and musical sound with lead Philippe. The chord progressions and rhythms were very innovative, Thom Bell got a great Philly Soul sound with them. I always looked forward to listening to everything from them in that period.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||09/09/2011|
I knew Billy Preston was gay, I'm just surprised they discussed it on Unsung. %0D %0D The Sylvers episode was great. Had no idea they lived in the projects in South Central LA. They always had a black middle class image. Leon Sylvers was so talented. %0D %0D And the Spinners were just glorious, the epitome of feel good music
|by Anonymous||reply 44||09/09/2011|
No Spinners for me. Give me the O'Jays.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||09/09/2011|
Loved this. Better than the original. %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 46||09/09/2011|
And songwriter Linda Creed was a brilliant lyricist. Check out this song by the Spinners "Ghetto Child". Substitute the word ghetto with gay and see how it works. I think this was Creed's intention for this song. She wrote a similar song for the Stylistics, "Children Of The Night", check that one out too.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||09/10/2011|
They are a wonderful group. I play their music all the time like they are still on the charts today! Bobby, Philipe, Henry, Bill and Pervis will always live in my heart! The were a really great group with many great songs. So sad they were not recognized in the music world the way they should have been! But I love them!
|by Anonymous||reply 48||08/01/2013|
They were magic at Atlantic with Thom Bell and Linda Creed behind them. It was just the perfect marriage and those songs still hold up today.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||08/01/2013|