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Former lead singer of Spinners dies at 76

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- A former lead singer of the soul music group The Spinners has died in Orlando.

A statement released Monday by the manager of the rhythm and blues group said Bobbie Smith passed away Saturday morning due to complications from pneumonia and influenza. He was 76.

The statement says Smith had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November.

Smith was the group's original lead singer and was the voice on their first hit That's What Girls Are Made For. Also called the Detroit Spinners, the group earned nearly a dozen gold records and half a dozen Grammy award nominations.

The group's biggest hits in the 1970s included: I'll Be Around, Could It Be I'm Falling In Love and Games People Play.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 19, 2013 C2

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