Henry Fambrough, American vocalist and member of the R&B band The Spinners, died at the age of 85 on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. He was the last surviving original member of the famous quintet. According to People, the group's spokesperson, Tanesha Jackson, made a statement to the media saying that Henry died peacefully of natural causes at his home in Northern Virginia.
The group achieved many hits, e.g Could I be falling in love, it's a shame, I'll be thereAnd Rubber man. Netizens were quick to express their respect for the singer and sent their greetings on social media.
Henry Fambrough, member of the R&B band The Spinners, has died at the age of 85
Henry Fambrough was born on May 10, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. He co-founded The Spinners in 1954 along with four other singers, Pervis Jackson, Billy Henderson, Bobby Smith, and C.B. Spencer. The group signed to Tri-Phi Records, which eventually became part of Motown Records.
Henry Fambrough died Wednesday at his home in Virginia at the age of 85. The singer was the last surviving member of the R&B group, according to The Guardian. The quintet's spokeswoman, Tanesha Jackson, told the Detroit Free Press:
“He got those awards. He was able to enjoy the accomplishment, and that was something he was really happy about. He was happy to represent the people who came before him.”
Netizens shared their thoughts and prayers on social media after the news broke.
Henry performed with The Spinners from 1954 until his retirement in April 2023. In the late 1960s, the group spent a decade under record label management and released the hit single in 1970. it's a shame. The song peaked at number 14 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart that same year. However, according to People, they soon moved to Atlantic Records after a year.
After signing with New Records, they released a series of hit songs that included… Then I came to you. The song featured singer Dionne Warwick and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974.
Henry Fambrough's last public appearance was when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in November 2023. In May 2023, the singer toured at Motown's Studio A in Detroit. It was part of a ceremony that included donating 375 costumes worn by the group during shows to the Motown Museum, according to Variety.
Henry Fambrough said at the time of the concert that the 1960s “were a long time ago,” adding, “I was dreaming of this place.” According to Deadline, The Spinners have earned six Grammy Award nominations and 18 platinum and gold albums throughout their music career.
Fambrough is survived by his wife, Norma, 52, and their daughter, Heather, according to NPR. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.