Henry Fambrough, the last surviving member of The Spinners, dies ‘peacefully’ aged 85 as tributes pour in for Motown legend

Henry Fambrough, the last surviving original member of the iconic R&B group The Spinners, has died.

The Motown legend died Wednesday of natural causes at his home in northern Virginia, his spokeswoman Tanisha Jackson said in a statement.

The band, whose hits included Its a Shame, Could It Be I’m Falling in Love and The Rubberband Man, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November.

Along with Henry, Billy Henderson, Pervis Jackson, Bobby Smith, Philippé Wynne and John Edwards are listed as inductees.

Tributes poured in from fans on X, formerly Twitter, as they remembered Henry by listening to the band’s music.

Henry Fambrough, the last surviving original member of the iconic R&B group The Spinners, has died

Henry Fambrough, the last surviving original member of the iconic R&B group The Spinners, has died

The group, originally called The Domingoes, was formed in 1954 just north of Detroit (Bobby Smith, George Dixon, Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough and Pervis Jackson)

Originally called The Domingoes, the group was formed just north of Detroit in 1954 (Bobby Smith, George Dixon, Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough and Pervis Jackson)

One fan wrote: ‘I grew up listening to #TheSpinners so glad he was able to take part in this induction ceremony. Rest in power to the last original member of #TheSpinners Henry Fambrough. Time to break out the #RubberbandMan.’

Others said: ‘This man had a voice as smooth as butter when he sang with #TheSpinners. RIP #HenryFambrough one of the last original members of the band’.

‘Henry Fambrough of The Spinners’ demise really messed me up. I know he is older and has had health challenges. But it still hurts’ and ‘The great Henry Fambrough passed away today. I’m very glad he was able to see his rock hall induction’.

Last May, Henry toured Motown’s Studio A in Detroit as part of a ceremony that included the donation to the Motown Museum of 375 outfits worn by the band during performances.

“That was a long time ago,” Henry said of the time in the 1960s when he first walked into the studio. “I dreamed about this place.”

Henry said he had to convince his wife that the studio was where he would go for 3am rehearsals and recording sessions with other members of the band.

Their first big hit for Motown was It’s A Shame, which peaked at number 14 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1970.

The Spinners would later sign with Atlantic Records and produce a string of hits that included Then Came You, which featured singer Dionne Warwick and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974.

Their songs have received six Grammy nominations and earned 18 platinum and gold albums.

The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November (Henry is pictured fourth from right with John Edwards)

The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November (Henry is pictured fourth from right with John Edwards)

Tributes poured in from fans on X, formerly Twitter, as they remembered Henry by listening to the band's music

Tributes poured in from fans on X, formerly Twitter, as they remembered Henry by listening to the band’s music

The Spinners would later sign with Atlantic Records and produce a string of hits that included Then Came You

The Spinners would later sign with Atlantic Records and produce a string of hits that included Then Came You

Originally called The Domingoes, the group was formed in 1954 just north of Detroit in Ferndale. The Spinners joined Motown Records 10 years later.

Henry is survived by his wife of 52 years, Norma, and daughter Heather Williams.