Bobby Smith passed away, in Orlando, Fl. on Saturday, due to complications from pneumonia and the flu.
The principal lead singer of the classic Motown group The Spinners was also diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2012.
At the suggestion of multi-talented Aretha Franklin, Smith and the Spinners sang with Atlantic Records in 1971 and made it big. Next a flood of hits followed with Smith’s prominent vocals: “I’ll Be Around,” ”Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” ”One of a Kind (Love Affair),” ”Then Came You,” ”Games People Play.”
Henry Fambrough, the Spinners’ only living original vocalist and current member remembered Smith.
“Bobby was a regular, down-to-earth, good-natured person, the kind of guy who’d give you his shirt,” Fambrough said Monday. “And ever since I’ve known him, he was just a natural showman.”
His funeral will be held at St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, 6000 Stanford St., Detroit 11 a.m. on Monday. It will be preceded by a 10 a.m. family hour.
Visitation is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Swanson Funeral Home, 14751 McNichols Rd. West, Detroit. The funeral home can be reached at 313- 272-9000.