Member of Motown’s The Spinners dies at 85


Henry Fambrough, co-founder of the Motown group The Spinners, died Wednesday of natural causes.  He was 85 years old.

The Spinners’ Henry Fambrough, whose rich baritone and charismatic stage presence helped lift the R&B/soul group to musical heights, died Wednesday of natural causes. He was 85 years old.

Fambrough was the last surviving member of the Spinners’ founding lineup, and was present at the group’s November induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in New York. Fambrough and the Detroit-based group were also honored at a series of events in his hometown last May, including a weekend of celebration at the Motown Museum.

“He was able to experience those accolades. He was able to enjoy the accomplishment, and that was something that made him very happy,” Spinners spokeswoman Tanisha Jackson told The Detroit Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network. “He was happy to represent those who had gone before him.”

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