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Bobby Smith, Co-Founder of The Spinners, Dead at 76

Bobby Smith of The Spinners has passed away at age 76.

Bobby Smith

Reported by Malcolm Morrow

The soul music world has lost yet another legendary performer. Bobby Smith, co-founder and co-lead singer of the group The Spinners passed away at age 76.


The Spinners created hit songs such as “I’ll Be Around” and “Rubberband Man.” His family has not released any official statements or memoriam plans. According to, “Smith was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and became a fixture on the local music scene with his group mates. He was also the group’s original lead singer, and was the voice on the Spinners’ first hit, ‘That’s What Girls Are Made For’ and shared the lead with Philippe Wynne – and later, John Edwards – on the group’s biggest hits in the 1970s, including ‘I’ll Be Around,’ ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,’ and ‘Games People Play.’”

I grew up listening to music from The Spinners and it’s saddening to hear of Mr. Smith’s passing, I will continue to follow this story as more details are released. We send our condolences and prayers to his family and hope that his soul is at rest.

Malcolm Morrow, a Your Black World Network contributor, is a senior, criminal justice major at The University of Southern Miss


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