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Farewell to Bobby Smith [Video]

For over fifty years he was the lead singer for one of the most beloved R & B vocal groups.

 

The Spinners. From left to right, Henry Fambrough, Marvin Taylor, Jessie Robert Peck, Bobby Smith, and Charlton Washington.
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Bobby Smith sang lead vocal on songs most of us know by heart.  To name a few: “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love”, I’ll Be Around”, and “It’s a Shame.”

I’m sure you’ve guessed it by now.  Smith sang lead vocal on most of the hit songs recorded by The Spinners.

Bobby passed away last week.  He was 76 years old.

Mr. Smith was a member of The Spinners before they were known as The Spinners.  Way back in 1956 Smith joined the group, known then, as The Domingoes.  The name “Domingoes” was often misspelled and missed pronounced.  Bobby, who loved cars, suggested that the group should call themselves The Spinners.  For those of you who may not know, during the 1950′s fancy hub caps were called “spinners.”

Bobby Smith may be gone, but his wonderful voice will live forever.

I hope you enjoy this video.  It’s one of my favorite Spinners songs.

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