It's a Shame (The Spinners song)

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"It's a Shame"
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Single by The Spinners
from the album 2nd Time Around
B-side "Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music" (1st ver.)
Released June 11, 1970
Recorded 1970, Golden World (Studio B)
(Detroit, Michigan)
Genre Soul
Length 3:12
Label V.I.P.
V-25057
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder
Lee Garrett
Syreeta Wright
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder
The Spinners singles chronology
"Message from a Black Man"
(1970)
"It's a Shame"
(1970)
"We'll Have It Made"
(1971)

"It's a Shame" is a song co-written by Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright and Lee Garrett and produced by Wonder as a single for The Spinners on Motown's V.I.P. Records label. The single became the Detroit-reared group's biggest single on the Motown Records company since they had signed with the company in 1964 and also their biggest hit in a decade.

The lineup of the Spinners include original members Pervis Jackson, Henry Fambrough, Billy Henderson and Bobby Smith and lead vocalist G.C. Cameron. The quintet recorded the single in 1970.

The song, which is about a man who complains about a lover's "messin' around" on him, became a huge hit for the group reaching number-fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-three on the R&B singles chart, making it their biggest hit to date. The song was the first song Wonder produced for another act by himself.

Two years later, the group would leave Motown for a contract with Atlantic Records on the advice of fellow Detroit native Aretha Franklin, also an artist on that label. Cameron, who was having an affair with Gwen Gordy (sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy) decided to stay in Motown and the group hired Cameron's cousin Philippé Wynne to replace him. Later, Cameron moved with the Gordys to Los Angeles, and stayed with Motown for over a decade.

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  1. ^ a b "1970: The Top 100 Soul/R&B Singles". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  2. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1970/Top 100 Songs of 1970". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]

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