Bobbie Smith Dead, Spinners Singer Dies at 76
Original Spinners member Bobbie Smith, who sang lead on 'I'll Be Around,' 'Could It Be I'm Falling in Love' and other tunes, passed away Saturday (March 16) in Orlando, Fla., due to complications from pneumonia and influenza. He was 76.
The group's manager issued a statement to the Associated Press (via Billboard) stating that Smith had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November.
As a founding member of the Detroit group, Smith fronted on many of their chart-topping hits, including 'It's a Shame,' 'Rubberband Man' and the Dionne Warwick duet 'Then Came You.'
"Our fans are very close to us and we have many who have been in touch with the group for many years," Smith told Naples News about the group's musical legacy. "Our music has been said to have started relationships and even families. There have been so many years of the Spinners touching others. But in actuality, the Spinners have been touched by their support and love."
TheDrop.fm sends condolences to Bobbie Smith's family and friends.
Watch the Spinners Perform 'I'll Be Around' on 'Soul Train'
Watch the Spinners Perform 'Could It Be I'm Falling In Love'