C. P. Spencer

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C. P. Spencer
Birth name Crathman Plato Spencer
Born January 13, 1938
Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died October 20, 2004(2004-10-20) (aged 66)
Genres R&B/soul
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician, record producer
Years active 1953–2004
Labels Motown, Fantasy, Motorcity
Associated acts Marvelettes, Beatles, Carpenters, The Spinners (U.S.), The Originals, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, David Ruffin, Jimmy Ruffin, Edwin Starr, Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers

C. P. Spencer (born Crathman Plato Spencer, January 13, 1938 – October 20, 2004)[1] was an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer for the Motown label in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was a native of Detroit, Michigan. Best known for being a member of the Motown quartet The Originals. He was also an original member of both The Spinners and The Voice Masters.

C.P. Spencer died from a heart attack on October 20, 2004.[2][3] As of April 2013, Originals' Hank Dixon is now the only surviving, and active, founding member of that original group; Spinners' Henry Fambrough is now the only surviving, and active, founding member of that group; Dixon and Lamont Dozier are the only surviving members of the Voice Masters.


  1. ^ "The Originals". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  2. ^ "The Originals". OLDIES.com. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  3. ^ "C. P. Spencer – Obituaries – News". The Independent. December 10, 2004. Retrieved 2012-04-25.

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