The Original Spinners

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The Original Spinners
The Original spinners album.jpg
Studio album by The Spinners
Released August 1967
Recorded Spring 1961 - Summer 1967
Genre R&B
Length 32:24
Label Motown
Producer Harvey Fuqua, Ivy Jo Hunter, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy
The Spinners chronology
The Original Spinners
2nd Time Around
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

The Original Spinners (released in the UK as The Detroit Spinners) is the 1967 debut album by The Spinners for Motown Records. The LP includes the group's earliest singles on the label (such as Top 20 R&B hits "I'll Always Love You" and "Truly Yours"), as well as their first ever single "That's What Girls Are Made For" (which was released on the already defunct Tri-Phi Record label). None of the group's other material from Tri-Phi appear on this album.

The lineup on the cover features Bobby Smith, Edgar "Chico" Edwards, Henry Fambrough, Billy Henderson, and Pervis Jackson. Former member George Dixon (who is not pictured on the album because of his departure back in 1963) actually only appears on "That's What Girls Are Made For", The other tracks all feature Edwards. This is both Dixon's and Edwards' only appearance on an Spinners studio album (Edwards would leave the group soon after this production of this album was completed).

The album notes state that members Bobby Smith and Edgar "Chico" Edwards shares most of the lead vocals on stage. However other than "Tomorrow May Never Come", where he does the lead vocal in unison with Smith (who also leads all the remaining tracks on this album) and Henry Fambrough, Edwards does not have any other leads on this album.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "That's What Girls Are Made For" Harvey Fuqua, Gwen Gordy Fuqua 2:57
2. "I'll Always Love You" William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter 2:43
3. "Truly Yours" Ivy Jo Hunter, William "Mickey" Stevenson 2:58
4. "For All We Know" Sam M. Lewis, J. Fred Coots 2:53
5. "It Hurts To Be in Love" Berry Gordy, Jr., Robert Gordy 2:22
6. "Tomorrow May Never Come" Harvey Fuqua, Thomas Kemp 2:27
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Sweet Thing" William "Mickey" Stevenson 2:40
8. "I Cross My Heart" Ivy Jo Hunter 2:57
9. "Where Is That Girl" Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol 2:59
10. "Like a Good Man Should" William "Smokey" Robinson, Warren Moore 2:15
11. "How Can I" Harvey Fuqua, Gwen Gordy Fuqua 2:38
12. "I Just Can't Help But Feel the Pain" Clyde Wilson, Harvey Fuqua 2:35



Year Single Peak chart positions

1961 "That's What Girls Are For" 27 5
1965 "I'll Always Love You" 35 8
1966 "Truly Yours" 111 16


  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. "The Original Spinners". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  2. ^ a b "US Charts > The Spinners". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 

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