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.