Henry Fambroughthe last surviving original member of the Michigan-based R&B group The Spinners, has died of natural causes.
The acclaimed vocalist died Wednesday at his Northern Virginia home after spending a month in hospice care…according to the group’s spokesperson, Tanisha Jacksonwho spoke to him Detroit Free Press.
Fambrough’s last public appearance was in November 2023 at The Spinners’ Rock N Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The honor came just months after Fambrough retired from the band after seven decades of singing baritone parts on hits such as “The Rubberband Man,” “Games People Play” and “Working My Way Back to You.”
Jackson says Henry “was able to experience that praise. He was able to enjoy the accomplishment and that was something that made him very happy.”
Henry co-founded the vocal group in 1954 along with Pervis Jackson, Billy Henderson, Bobby Smithand CP Spencer.
They enjoyed tremendous success during the ’60s and ’70s…recording scores of top 40 hits, including their 1974 number one hit with Dionne Warwick“Then you came.”
His first big Motown hit came in 1970, when “It’s A Shame” peaked at No. 14 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Same year, Philippe Wynne He joined the band and they signed with Atlantic Records. Over the years, the Spinners saw several new members come and go.
The band earned 6 Grammy nominations and 18 platinum and gold albums during their career.
Fambrough was the last original member to remain in the group until his retirement last year.
Henry is survived by his wife, Rule. She was 85 years old.