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The Detroit 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 'Motown' 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 level 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 a new lead singer Phillipe Wynne the group 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 assistence, the group developed a distinctive sound, one that relied on Wynne's breathtaking falsetto, his ad-lib
phrasing 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 Detroit Spinners recorded a number of soul classics, including "I'll Be Around", "Could It Be I'm Fallin' in Love", "Mighty Love", "Ghetto Child", "Then Came You", "Games People Play" and "The
Phillipe Wynne left in 1977 and the group had hits for a few years after his departure with new man John Edwards taking over but the group will always be remembered for its classic mid-'70s work.
1973 French Single
1965 French EP