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We bear in mind Henry Fambrough, the final unique member of the R&B group The Spinners, who died this week. He was 85.



ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

America misplaced an R&B legend this week. Henry Fambrough was the final dwelling unique member of the group The Spinners. He fashioned the group in 1954 with 4 pals in Ferndale, simply outdoors Detroit.

SACHA PFEIFFER, HOST:

Their first single, launched in 1961, was “That is What Women Are Made For” and featured a younger Marvin Gaye on drums.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “THAT’S WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE FOR”)

THE SPINNERS: (Singing) To hug and to kiss – that is what women are made for. To like and to overlook…

PFEIFFER: Initially a Motown band, The Spinners would assist outline the Philly soul sound of the Nineteen Seventies, racking up hits alongside the best way, together with “I am going to Be Round” and “The Rubberband Man.”

SHAPIRO: That tune gained new followers when it was featured within the Marvel movie, “Avengers: Infinity Struggle.”

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR”)

THE SPINNERS: (Singing) Hey y’all, put together your self for the rubberband man.

CHRIS PRATT: (As Peter Quill) Sing it Drax.

SHAPIRO: The Spinners hit No. 1 on the Billboard Sizzling 100 with “Then Got here You,” that includes Dionne Warwick.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “THEN CAME YOU”)

THE SPINNERS AND DIONNE WARWICK: (Singing) Then got here you. Then got here you. I by no means knew love earlier than. Then got here you. You – then got here you.

PFEIFFER: Final 12 months, the band joined the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame. A part of the induction essay reads…

(Studying) Whereas The Spinners have been unquestionable hitmakers and storytellers of the very best order, lots of their lesser-known songs lay naked and uplifted the African American expertise.

It goes on to say that they’re survivors whose music will outlive us all.

SHAPIRO: Henry Fambrough, the final unique member of The Spinners, died yesterday at age 85.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE”)

THE SPINNERS: (Singing) Might or not it’s I am falling in love? – with you child. Might or not it’s I am falling in love? I need to know now, child. Might or not it’s…

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