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The Spinners make GPAC audience dizzy with music

By Mark Schulman
Around the Campus
Assistant Editor

The soulful super group, The Spinners, performed to a near packed house at GPAC Feb. 3 as part as the Nostalgia Concert Series

Known for their international hits from the 1970s, the quintet of vocalists entered the stage in everyday casual attire.  Patricia Fields, the GPAC director, announced earlier that the famous Motown group had lost their luggage on the American Airlines flight en route to Fayetteville.

These men of soul, known for their dazzling costumes, were onstage at GPAC wearing nothing more extravagant than denim pants, sweatshirts and tennis shoes. 

That did not stop them from giving the homecoming audience a fun show as they played songs that defined a generation over three decades ago. 

The Spinners launched the concert with one of their more popular hits, "Could it be I'm Falling in Love," from the 1973 decadent soul album "The Spinners." The five men sang into their microphones, dancing in synch and spinning around each other switching positions on stage like a game of musical chairs.  Dressed in street attire, they looked like ordinary everyday people but their dynamic stage presence set them apart from their devoted crowd.

The Spinners' fans clapped along and danced to the 70s groove that filled the auditorium.  The international superstars continued with hits that included "Sadie," "I'll Be Around" and the remake of the Four Seasons' song "Working My Way Back to You."

During "Mighty Love," the lead singer Frank Washington came off the stage and pulled women out of their seats to dance in the aisle.

The audience roared in approval at the participants grooving with the notorious self-proclaimed ladies' man.  Washington then took a fan’s bandana off her head to use as a sweat rag before returning to stage.  

For two hours, The Spinners snapped, swayed and spun across the stage without the use of fancy stage costumes. The show continued despite the lost luggage dilemma at the airport.

This perseverance has been prevalent throughout their career. They had to go through many hardships to become successful during the 1970s. The Motown record label dropped the group in the beginning of the decade and what looked like instant doom was a blessing in disguise.  Atlantic Records picked them up and with the help of the famous producer Thom Bell they began to pump out hit after chart topping hit.

After 40 years, the Motown group is still performing shows with the energy of a teenage boy band. The Spinners success story is something that many of us can learn from-if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

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