Remembering the Lead Singer of The Spinners

The Detroit Spinners Group Portrait

From the land of gaudy pimps and their flashy American-built cars, came a soul and funk group The Spinners, lead by Bobbie Smith.

According to the Associated Press, Bobbie passed last night in Orlando afer struggling with the flu and pneumonia. Reports state he was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2012.

Bobbie Smith was the man behind the band, being the lead singer from the group’s birth in the 1961.

The Spinners were featured on TV One’s Unsung recently and discussed being neighborhood celebrities, having a gospel background and being considered the "Black Beatles."

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