In 1959, Berry Gordy, Jr., borrowed eight-hundred dollars from his family to start his own record company. That eight-hundred dollar investment ultimately yielded 345 million! Although Motown produced numerous musical legends and unforgettable hit songs, believe it or not, the multi-platinum R&B group 'The Spinners' did not hit it big until they left Berry Gordy and Motown. The Spinners are responsible for giving the world some of the most amazing music of the 1970's like; "Love Don't Love Nobody," "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love," the remarkable chart topping "Mighty Love," "The Rubber Band Man," "One Of A Kind" (Love Affair), plus many more. In 2015, The Spinners were again nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The R&B group signed with Motown in 1963 but was virtually ignored by Gordy and his team of song writers until in 1970, Gordy managed to score a hit on the Spinners with "It's A Shame" a song written and produced by Stevie Wonder on the VIP label, a subsidiary of Motown. The group quickly fell back into obscurity until they finally left Motown at the advice of Aretha Franklin, and signed with Atlantic Records in 1972. After making a few adjustment to the group's interior line-up, the new and improved Spinners quickly began topping the charts with hit after hit after hit. Lead by the amazing vocal abilities of Phillipe Wynne and Bobby Smith, the Spinners became unstoppable!!
Wynne ultimately left the group in 1977 to establish a solo career, but sadly passed away less than seven years later from a heart attack while performing in California, on July 14, 1984. Lead singer Bobby Smith passed away from pneumonia on March 16, 2013. Henry Fambrough, the sole surviving member of the original Spinners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFSB8EKky5E continues performing to this very day.
What's even more tragic than the untimely death of Phillipe Wynne, is the fact that a great deal of American recording artists never receive their rightful compensation or accreditation for music and songs that have sold millions of copies and have made people happy singing their songs all over the world. From the 1800's era of Rag Time Music with Scott Joplin's mega hit "The Entertainer," to the little known author behind the Nat King Cole 1948 hit "Nature Boy," the obvious pattern that constantly seems to follow is the chronic exploitation of the artist by so-called "record executives" that promises to make the artist famous but never mention anything about making the artist wealthy. The final results are usually the same, the record companies make millions and the artists are left to fend for themselves by performing concerts and personal appearances throughout the country until they physically no longer can keep up the performances.
Experience the full story behind the legends of Motown this Labor Day Weekend and enjoy the artifacts, memorabilia, images and expert tour guides while visiting the beautifully preserved Motown Recording Studio in Detroit, Michigan. We will also tour the amazing Charles Wright Museum and the Detroit Historical Museum all during this years' "Motown Sound" Music Museum Tour®
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