The Spinners were formed in 1954 by five friends in High School while growing up in Ferndale, Royal Oak Township, Michigan. Their name came from the fashionably large hubcaps, fashionable in the US throughout the Fifties.
In 1962, the group went under the name of Harvey & The Spinners, and also Bobby Smith And The Spinners. They signed with Motown but moved to Atlantic in 1972 and cultivated a Philadelphia soul sound with producer Thom Bell However, lead singer G.C. Cameron, who had replaced Edwards, opted to remain at Motown and a new singer, Philippe Wynn, was added to the line-up. They had several hits in the 1970s, including “I’ll Be Around” (1972) and “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love”, “Then Came You” (with Dionne Warwick), “The Rubberband Man” and “It’s a Shame”.
The Spinners were nominated for six Grammy Awards and they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the second star for a musical group consisting of African Americans. In 2004, Henderson had to leave The Spinners after he tried to sue the corporation and the business manager of the group for financial reasons.