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At their best, The Spinners represented the pinnacle of the Philly Sound. For “I’ll Be Around” and “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and arranger Thom Bell borrowed the quietly pulsating drums of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and pillowed it with strokes of guitar, bells, and strings. Unlike some of their masterful productions for The O’Jays and the Delfonics, Gamble and Huff never let The Spinners become overblown. Their songs translated the heart-pounding excitement of brand new love but made it sound like a private conversation in a corner booth. Singer Phillippe Wynne led the group through a successful string of hits in the mid-Seventies, and though the group never again reached the heights of “I’ll Be Around” and “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” Wynne’s feathery tenor was a perfect fit for sublime Gamble-Huff productions like “One of a Kind,” “Sadie,” and “They Just Can’t Stop It.” The group ended their golden run with “The Rubberband Man” in late 1976. Thom Bell wrote the song as a way to cheer up his teenage son about his obesity, and it was the last Spinners hit to feature Wynne on lead vocals. The song is a lighthearted signpost for R&B’s transition towards disco, and it marks an end of era for both The Spinners and the gilded Philly sound they represented.

Customer Reviews


Even though the song was pre-Atlantic, a great album like this should have included a great song like "It's A Shame".

This music NEVER gets old.

Great album, The Rubberband Man could possibly be my favorite song of all time... and I like ALLLLL kinds of music, so that's saying something!

You will never find an album better than this one!

This is the best Spinner's album!


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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