Bobbie Smith, singer for The Spinners, dies from respiratory illnesses
Smith wished to make pubic aware of smoking and cancer risk
Lead singer for the 1970s vocal group The Spinners Bobbie Smith has died. He was 76. The Spinners were the vocalists behind such hits as "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" and "Games People Play." Smith had died in Florida following complications from pneumonia and flu.
Even though their last hit was in 1983, the bright lights of their run of hit singles continue to provide for the current members. The Spinners are big draws on the oldies and nostalgia concert circuits and continue to play the music that made them famous.
"One of Bobbie Smith's final requests was to make people aware of his cancer, so as to once again bring to the forefront the many dangers of smoking. He will be dearly missed by all of his friends and colleagues in the music world," group manager Nat Burgess said.
The Grammy-nominated Spinners had seven top 10 singles and five gold albums, with hits on both the pop and R&B charts, including "Rubberband Man," "One of a Kind (Love Affair)," "Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl" and "I'll Be Around."
Two other original members of the Spinners had died - Billy Henderson in 2007 and Pervis Jackson in 2008.
The last remaining original member of the Spinners, Henry Fambrough, along new singers Charlton Washington, Jessie Peck and Marvin Taylor, performed up until last month, when they appeared at a casino in El Cajon, California.
The Spinners began in 1957 when a group of childhood friends in Ferndale, Michigan, a northern suburb bordering Detroit, came together to make music. Original singer James Edwards lasted only a few weeks, to be replaced by Smith who sang lead on most of the Spinners' early records and many of their biggest hits on the Atlantic label. The group named themselves The Spinners in 1961, after looking at popular car hubcaps and noting how they spun around on a car's wheel.
Even though their last hit was in 1983, the bright lights of their run of hit singles continue to provide for the current members. They are big draws on the oldies and nostalgia concert circuits and continue to play the music that made them famous.
© 2013, Distributed by NEWS CONSORTIUM.
- - -
Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Bobbie Smith, The Spinners, lung cancer, smoking
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Music News
- Doors' keyboardist Ray Manzarek dies from cancer
- Blonde songstress of Abba to release new album after years of silence
- Father Pontifex is back with The Symphony and the Static
- Folk singer and Woodstock icon Richie Havens dies at 72
- Backstreet Boys are back - new album, star, world tour upcoming
- Listen to the oldest song in the world here! Can you guess how old it is?
- 'Pope of Pop' Phil Ramone dies at the age of 79
- Bobbie Smith, singer for The Spinners, dies from respiratory illnesses
- Goth rocker Peter Murphy arrested for methamphetamine
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?