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The Spinners are a Detroit, Michigan-based soul vocal group active since 1954 (see 1954 in music), and most popular during the 1970s. The group still tours as of 2006.

The Spinners are known in the United Kingdom as The Detroit Spinners or The Motown Spinners because a Liverpool-based folk band had taken the name “The Spinners” in Britain during the 1960s.


In 1954 a group of friends in Ferndale High School in Detroit came together to make music. Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson, C.P. Spencer, and James Edwards called themselves The Domingoes. James Edwards lasted only a few weeks; he was replaced by Bobbie Smith, who sang lead on most of the Spinners early records. C.P. Spencer left the group shortly afterwards, and would later go on to be a member of the Voice Masters and The Originals. He was replaced by George Dixon. The group would also rename themselves The Spinners at this time.

1961-1971: A decade in the wilderness

The Spinners first hit the charts in August of 1961 on Harvey Fuqua’s Tri-Phi Records, with “That’s What Girls Are Made For,” peaking at number 27. Fuqua sang lead vocal on this track, the Spinners’ and Tri-Phi’s first single. The group’s followup, “Love (I’m So Glad) I Found You” (with lead voacls by Smith), would reach number 91 that November, but none of their other Tri-Phi singles charted.


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  • KeithJones

    RIP lead singer Bobby Smith

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Fullmettall

    It's A Shame X2

    1 Jul 2012 Reply
  • kibble

    sweet sadie: one of the nicest progressions in bluesville, i think.

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Fullmettall

    It's A Shame

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Royalcreep

    Da Trout Spinners

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Psycho_snacky

    The Detroit Spinners redirects here and it too doesn't redirect to The Spinners....It's a Shame the latter is more popular moniker worldwide. I have seen the stupidness of redirecting through the pages of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, King Bee and Ray Charles. In the case of "the only one great group" like this, it's so sad that it doesn't attribute.

    25 Jul 2009 Reply
  • stu4rt0

    its a shame i cant sing. truly smile astic

    25 Feb 2009 Reply
  • toco-tucan

    Love Trippin' is great song!

    19 Nov 2008 Reply
  • bernnich

    It's a shame - what a joy to hear again (bring it on)

    19 Sep 2008 Reply
  • groovemo

    Wildly underplayed band. As good as the rest in their genre. Detroit ruled and the Spinners were and are at the top.

    13 Sep 2008 Reply