Remembering Robert “Bobbie” Smith* (April 10, 1936 to March 16, 2013)

October 7, 2013

We lost so many musical icons over the past year I was on hiatus from blogging, as indicated in one of my first posts back. You will find a link to Mr.Smith’s New York Times obituary on this earlier post.

Even though the Detroit Spinners had been with Harvey Fuqua’s  Tri-Phi label (that was subsequently bought out by Motown in the Sixties)  I first heard them singing the Stevie Wonder and Syreeta Wright penned “It’s A Shame” when the song hit in 1970.  I was aged 15  in 1970 and really into R&B, particularly the young Stevie at the time. As soon as I head “It’s A Shame” it felt like a Stevie Wonder tune but The Spinners did a fabulous rendition with G.C. Cameron on lead.

It wasn’t until the group moved over to Atlantic (at the suggestion of friend Aretha Franklin) that the hits started coming fast and furious with Bobbie sharing leads with new group member, G.C. Cameron’s cousin, Phillipe Wynne.  Cameron remained contractually bound to Motown so did not make the move with the  group to Atlantic.

These songs got me through my college years and I thank you Bobbie  and Phillipe for these classic R&B and Pop songs.

Here are some of  my favorites with Bobbie on lead.

I’ll Be Around – 1972 performance on Soul Train

Could It Be I’m Falling In Love – 1973 Live

They Just Can’t Stop It The(Games People Play) – 1975 performance on Soul Train

Rest In Peace Mr. Smith. Thank you for your musical legacy Sir.

Enhanced by Zemanta*also known as Bobby Smith
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