Bobby Smith of Motown group The Spinners dies aged 76 | News


Bobby Smith the principal lead singer of Motown group The Spinners has died in Orlando, Florida.

According to a statement from the manager of the soul group, Bobby Smith passed away on Saturday due to complications from influenza and pneumonia, at the age of 76 after being diagnosed with lung cancer back in November 2012.

As the group’s first lead singer, Smith (pictured bottom-right) was the lead voice on their 1961 debut single “That’s What Girls Are Made For.” Known also as the “Detroit Spinners” and “Motown Spinners”, the group went on to earn almost a dozen gold records and a number of Grammy award nominations, having found success on both Motown Records and Atlantic Records early on in their career, which spans more than 50 years.

Other hits from the group include “Games People Play”, “I’ll Be Around” and “The Rubberband Man”.

R.I.P. Robert “Bobby” Smith (April 10, 1936 – March 16, 2013)