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Though they'd been toiling in one form or another since the early '60s, The Spinners didn’t command the general public's attention until 1970, with the release of Second Time Around. This LP essentially compiles the string of singles the group released between 1968 and 1970, including their first big hit, the Stevie Wonder–penned “It’s a Shame.” Forty years after its release, the song is as transfixing as it was when it was new, with an unnerving mix of pillowy harmonies undercut with a sense of festering vengeance. Though they're often identified with the Philly sound, The Spinners started out in Detroit. This was their last effort for Motown, with several lush late-period Motown singles, including “I’ve Got to Find Myself a Brand New Baby,” “Bad, Bad Weather (Till You Come Home)," and “Pay Them No Mind.” The sound of soul music was about to change along with the decade, and The Spinners would be one of the few groups to survive the transition. The sweeping stings and grown-up sentimentality of “In My Diary” points the way toward their subsequent triumphs.


Formed: 1961 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

The 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 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 label never gave the group much consideration. "It's a Shame" became a hit in 1970, but...
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