Bobby Smith, lead singer of The Spinners, passed away on Saturday of complications of influenza and pneumonia. He had been diagnosed with cancer in November. He was 76.
Originally with Motown, The Spinners found success with Atlantic Records in the early '70s at the behest of Aretha Franklin. Their hits included "Rubberband Man", "Could It Be That I'm Falling in Love?", "One of a Kind (Love Affair)", "I'll Be Around" and "Then Came You" with Dionne Warwick.
Smith had all but stopped performing due to his illness but made a surprise appearance with The Spinners last month during the Soul Train Cruise when he unexpectedly hit the stage to sing "Then Came You". It would be his last time on stage.