Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pervis Jackson (1939 - 2008)

Pervis Jackson, one of the original Spinners has passed away, a victim of cancer. Jackson was best known for providing the deep voice on tunes like "(They Just Can't Help It)Games People Play" This is the third death of a prominent member of this legendary Detroit group. Pervis Jackson is preceeded in death by Philippe Wynne and Billy Henderson. With a roster of stars that included The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Gladys Knight & The Pips and Rick James, The Spinners felt that they had been neglected for too long and that it was time for a change, so the group left Motown for Atlantic where they achieved world wide success with unforgettable songs like "One Of A Kind" "Rubberband Man" and "Then Came You". Before leaving Motown Stevie Wonder gave them their second top forty hit "It's A Shame" Between 1961 and 1995 The Spinners had 18 top forty hits, the biggest of all were "Then Came You" recorded with Dionne Warwick, reaching #1 in 1974, "Working My Way Back To You" and "Rubberband Man" both reaching the #2 spot in 1976 and 1980.

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