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According to a representative for the band, Henry Fambrough passed away on Wednesday at the age of 85. Fambrough was the only remaining founding member of the renowned R&B group The Spinners, known for popular songs such as “It’s a Shame,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” and “The Rubberband Man.”
Tanisha Jackson announced in a statement that Fambrough passed away peacefully in his home in northern Virginia due to natural causes.
In November, the band was honored with induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The inductees included Fambrough, Billy Henderson, Pervis Jackson, Bobby Smith, Philippé Wynne, and John Edwards.
In May, Fambrough visited Motown’s Studio A in Detroit for a ceremony where they donated 375 performance outfits to the Motown Museum.
It “was a long time ago,” Fambrough said at the time of the 1960s, when he first walked into the studio. “I used to dream about this place.”
He informed journalists that he had to persuade his spouse that the studio was his destination for late night rehearsals and recording sessions with fellow group members. Their initial successful track for Motown, titled “It’s A Shame,” reached its peak at No. 14 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1970.
The Spinners signed with Atlantic Records and released a series of successful songs, such as “Then Came You.” This track, featuring singer Dionne Warwick, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1974.
Their music was nominated for six Grammy Awards and their albums received 18 platinum and gold certifications.
The band, originally known as The Domingoes, came together in 1954 in Ferndale, just north of Detroit. After a decade, they signed with Motown Records and became known as The Spinners.
Norma, Fambrough’s wife of 52 years, and his daughter Heather Williams are among his surviving family members.