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Spencer Wiggins


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Spencer Wiggins (born 8 January 1942) is an American soul and gospel singer. He is an exponent of so-called “deep soul” and is considered one of the best kept secrets of soul music.

Wiggins was born in Memphis, Tennessee, where he grew up encouraged by his parents to engage with music, especially gospel; his mother sang in the choir of the Baptist Church where she attended services. He lived in the same area as singers James Carr and Bobby Bland. While at Booker T. Washington High School, he formed a gospel group with his brother Percy and sister Maxine and, on leaving school, formed an R&B group, the Four Stars, that included his brother Percy and David Porter, later to become a leading songwriter and record producer.

In the early 1960s, he began singing in clubs in Memphis, where he was discovered by Quinton Claunch, head of Goldwax Records. In 1964 Wiggins recorded his first single, “Lover’s Crime”, produced by Claunch, for the label, though his early recordings were licenced for release through the sub-label Bandstand USA. The recording was followed by eight further singles, but none became a hit. His recordings for Goldwax included “Uptight Good Woman”, written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, and “I Never Loved A Woman (The Way I Love You)”, recorded at the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals with guitar by Duane Allman.


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