About this Artist
It should come as no surprise that THE SPINNERS have always made timeless music. Their classic group sound and approach never loses its universal appeal. Throughout the years, they have acquired twelve gold records with hits on top of both Pop and R&B charts, and they are one of the few groups who can boast of four lead singers. Today, original members Bobbie Smith, Henry Fambrough, and Pervis Jackson are joined onstage by lead singer Frank Washington, high tenor Harold "Spike" Bonhart, and a soul-infused five-piece band.
In 1972, The Spinners signed with Atlantic Records and teamed up with producer Thom Bell, setting into motion an amazing recording career. A partial list of their hit singles on Atlantic include "Mighty Love," "Then Came You," "I'll Be Around," "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)," "Games People Play," and "Could It Be." In 1979, The Spinners completed their first collaboration with producer Michael Zager, and by early 1980, the single "Working My Way Back to You" was topping Pop and R&B charts, giving the group its 12th gold record. The Love Trippin' album's release included "The Cupid Medley" and was one of the fastest-selling records in The Spinners' career. Their follow-up album, Labor of Love, featured such standout tunes as "Yesterday Once More," and "Long Live Soul Music." With the release of "Can't Shake This Feeling," their fourth LP in just over two years, the quintet entered a brand new phase of their remarkable career as they joined with the award-winning producing/writing/playing team of James Mtume and Reggie Lucas. Other past releases include songs on the motion picture soundtracks of Twins and Spaceballs, and a duet with Dionne Warwick entitled "Then Came You," a single on Arista Records.
The Spinners have six Grammy nominations and have performed twice during the awards ceremony. They received a Black Gold Award from Dick Clark for their many achievements in the recording industry, and they were given the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Award for their contribution to R&B. The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and has appeared in numerous network and cable television specials paying tribute to the music of the '70s. In 1993, The Spinners performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Bill Clinton.
Throughout the years, The Spinners have taken the opportunity to give back to the community through charity, making appearances on behalf of autistic children, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, the NAACP, the Urban League, and many others.
Today, this legendary R&B group maintains a full touring schedule, performing for fans of all ages in sold-out houses around the country.