Music > Artists > R&B/Soul
1961 in Detroit, MI


Years Active:
'50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

The Spinners


The Spinners were the greatest soul group of the early '70s, creating a body of work that defined the lush, seductive sound of Philly soul. Ironically, the band's roots lay in Detroit, where they formed as a doo wop group during the late '50s. Throughout the '60s, the Spinners tried to land a hit by adapting to the shifting fashions of R&B and pop. By the mid-'60s, they had signed with Motown Records, but the label never gave the group much consideration. "It's a Shame" became a hit in 1970, but the label continued to ignore the group, and dropped the band two years later. Unsigned and featuring new lead singer Phillipe Wynne, the Spinners seemed destined to never break into the big leagues, but they managed to sign with Atlantic Records, where they began working with producer Thom Bell. With his assistance, the Spinners developed a distinctive sound, one that relied on Wynne's breathtaking falsetto and the group's intricate vocal harmonies. Bell provided the group with an appropriately detailed production, creating a detailed web of horns, strings, backing vocals, and lightly funky rhythms. Between 1972 and 1977, the Spinners and Bell recorded a number of soul classics, including "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "Mighty Love," "Ghetto Child," "Then Came You," "Games People Play," and "The Rubberband Man." Wynne left in 1977 and the Spinners had hits for a few years after his departure, but the group will always be remembered for its classic mid-'70s work.

Top Albums

Working My Way Back to You & More Hits from the Spinners, The Spinners
1. Working My W..
The Very Best of the Spinners, The Spinners
2. The Very Bes..
The Essentials: The Spinners (Remastered), The Spinners
3. The Essentia..
The Best of Spinners, The Spinners
4. The Best of ..
Rhino Hi-Five: The Spinners - EP, The Spinners
5. Rhino Hi-Fiv..
Spinners, The Spinners
6. Spinners
Pick of the Litter, The Spinners
7. Pick of the ..
New and Improved, The Spinners
8. New and Impr..
Live!, The Spinners
9. Live!
The Best of the Spinners, The Spinners
10. The Best of ..
Mighty Love, The Spinners
11. Mighty Love
Happiness Is Being With the Spinners, The Spinners
12. Happiness Is..
Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, The Spinners
13. Yesterday, T..
2nd Time Around, The Spinners
14. 2nd Time Aro..
The Very Best of Spinners, Vol. 2, The Spinners
15. The Very Bes..
Smooth & Sweet: The Spinners, The Spinners
16. Smooth &..
The Spinners: Live, The Spinners
17. The Spinners..
Dancin' and Lovin', The Spinners
18. Dancin' and ..
Back to Back Live!, The Four Tops
19. Back to Back..
8, The Spinners
20. 8

Top Songs

I'll Be AroundVery Best of the Spinners3:14$0.99
Working My Way Back to YouVery Best of the Spinners4:06$0.69
Could It Be I'm Falling In LoveVery Best of the Spinners4:16$0.99
Rubberband ManBest of Spinners7:24$0.99
Then Came YouVery Best of the Spinners4:01$0.69
I'll Be AroundSpinners3:10$1.29
It's a Shame2nd Time Around3:11$1.29
Could It Be I'm Falling In LoveSpinners4:09$1.29
Games People PlayPick of the Litter4:44$1.29
SadieVery Best of the Spinners3:40$1.29
Rubberband ManVery Best of the Spinners3:37$1.29
Mighty LoveVery Best of the Spinners3:18$1.29
One of a Kind (Love Affair)Very Best of the Spinners3:35$1.29
Love Don't Love NobodyVery Best of the Spinners3:38$1.29
How Could I Let You Get AwayVery Best of the Spinners3:50$0.99
It's a Shame20th Century Masters - The ..3:07$1.29
They Just Can't Stop It the (Gam..Very Best of the Spinners3:33$1.29
Rubberband ManEssentials: The Spinners (R..3:34$1.29
One of a Kind (Love Affair)Essentials: The Spinners (R..3:32$0.99
Games People PlayBest of Spinners4:40$0.99
Rubberband ManHappiness Is Being With the..7:24$1.29
One of a Kind (Love Affair)Spinners3:34$1.29
Love Don't Love NobodyWorking My Way Back to You ..8:12$0.99
It's a ShameWorking My Way Back to You ..3:08$0.99
Could It Be I'm Falling in LoveWorking My Way Back to You ..4:34$0.99

Top Music Videos

Rubberband Man, The Spinners
1. Rubberband Man
I'll Be Around, The Spinners
2. I'll Be Around
Then Came You, The Spinners
3. Then Came You
Sadie, The Spinners
4. Sadie
Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, The Spinners
5. Could It Be I'..
Working My Way Back To You, Babe, The Spinners
6. Working My Way..
It's A Shame, The Spinners
7. It's A Shame
Love Don't Love Nobody, The Spinners
8. Love Don't Lov..
Games People Play, The Spinners
9. Games People P..
Cupid, The Spinners
10. Cupid
One Of A Kind, The Spinners
11. One Of A Kind
Mighty Love, The Spinners
12. Mighty Love
Funny, The Spinners
13. Funny


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