FLORIDA - The music world has mourned the death of original Spinners member Billy Henderson. Henderson, 67, helped form the successful 1970s singing group with Pervis Jackson and Bobbie Smith among two others in 1957. Originally a doo-wop group, they scored their first hit in 1961 with the Tri-Phi song, "That's What Girls Are Made Of". The group eventually graduated to sophisticated soul with Motown Records' imprint V.I.P. Records. While there, the group scored two crossover hits: the Harvey Fuqua-composed "I'll Always Love You" and the Stevie Wonder-composed "It's a Shame" within a decade of each other before leaving the label for Atlantic where their mixture of vocal harmonies and Philly-laden strings came together and scored hits such as "I'll Be Around", "One of a Kind Love Affair", "Then Came You" and "Rubberband Man" becoming arguably the most important black vocal group of the decade. The Spinners were nominated for six Grammy awards and spanned hits into the disco period where they scored top 10 covers of the singles "I Keep Running My Way Back to You" and "Cupid" right into the early-1980s. Henderson left the group over a contract dispute in 2004. He follows Spinners singer Phillipe Wynde, who died onstage of a heart attack in 1984 in passing.
Post by Diamond Girl on Feb 4, 2007 2:03:44 GMT -5
Spinners Singer Billy Henderson Dies By Associated Press Sat Feb 3, 6:01 PM
HOLLY HILL, Fla. - Singer Billy Henderson, a member of the band the Spinners who sang "I'll Be Around" and other hits, has died. He was 67.
Henderson died Friday of complications from diabetes at a Daytona Beach health care facility, his wife, Barbara, said.
The 1972 song "I'll Be Around" was part of a string of Top 20 Spinners hits that included "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "Then Came You" and "The Rubberband Man."
The five-member band of high school friends formed in 1954 in Ferndale, Mich., a Detroit suburb. They went on to be nominated for six Grammy Awards and became the second black musical group to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Four of the original band members, including Henderson, continued to perform together until recently. He was dismissed from the group in 2004 after suing the group's corporation and business manager to obtain financial records.