Monday, May 22, 2017

Spinners – The Rubberband Man (Atlantic)

Born back in 1954 from the reunion of a band of friends who grew up in the neighborood of Detroit who initially called themselves The Domingoes, the Spinners officially saw the light 7 years later, although 3 years after the Liverpool_based folk quartet of the name, which got them in the obligation to appear as the Detroit Spinners in the UK. They would have to wait though until the 70’s and their signature on Atlantic Records to get recognition, with Thom Bell in charge of the production. From then the Spinners would become one of the biggest Soul groups in the 70’s, with classics such as ‘I’ll Be Around’, ‘Working My Way Back To You’ and ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love’ (later on covered by David Grant & Jaki Graham).
Co-written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed, the song retraces the story of Bell‘s soon whose overweight got him teased by his classmates at the time, and would be the last hit of the band featuring Phillipé Wynne on vocals.
Released in 1976, it’s included in the ‘Happiness Is Being With The Spinners” album, under the direction of the late Van McCoy to the exception of the aforementioned.
Billy Henderson died on Feb. 02, 2007 from complications from diabetes. The Spinners remain still in activity nowadays although Henry Fambrough is the only original member.

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