The Spinners Little Anthony & The Imperials

One of the greatest soul groups of the early 1970s, The Spinners created a body of work that defined the lush, seductive sound of Philly soul, even though the band’s roots lay in Detroit, where they formed as a doo wop group during the late 1950s.  The Spinners recorded a number of soul classics, including “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” “Mighty Love,” “Ghetto Child,” “Then Came You,” “Games People Play,” and “The Rubberband Man.”

Little Anthony & The Imperials began as a rhythm and blues/soul/doo wop group in the 1950s.  Lead singer Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine was noted for his high-pitched falsetto voice.  The group’s first single, “Tears on My Pillow,” was an instant hit, as was the B-side of the record, “Two People in the World.”  They followed up with “Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko Ko Bop,” and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

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