Detroit, Michigan, who was one of the original members of The
Spinners. They released several
albums in the ‘70s, including The
Detroit Spinners, The Spinners,
Mighty Love, and New and Improved. They also made appearances on TV
programs such as The Sonny Comedy
Revue and films such as Soul
Power, a companion piece to the famous “Rumble in the
Jungle” between Muhammed Ali and George
Foreman. In the film, Henry
taunts Ali and makes as if he is going into the ring to rumble.
continued to churn out LPs in 1975:
Pick of the Litter, their fourth
for Atlantic, under the guiding hand of producer Thom Bell. Not to play favourites,
they also performed on one of Cher’s television shows. In 1976, they released Happiness is Being with The Spinners
and were all over the TV, on Bandstand,
Cos, The Midnight Special, and The
Mike Douglas Show. They
followed this latest media blitz up with Spinners/8 and Yesterday,
Today & Tomorrow, and made guest appearances on Disco ’77 and Grease Day USA. In 1979, they released Dancin’ and Lovin’
and made an uncredited cameo in The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh.
They were on The Midnight Special twice in 1980,
and Henry hosted one of these.
In 1981, they did guest stints on The John Davidson Show and Saturday
Night Live. They even did a
cameo on Laverne & Shirley in
1983. On 7th
December 1985, they performed on the hit music program, Solid Gold. Henry is credited with working on
Maria Vidal’s self-titled album and appearing on The 4th
Annual Black Gold Awards, in 1987.
In 1989, The
Spinners released Down to Business. The business of cranking out album
after album, however, was supplanted by the business of live performing, as
The Spinners made a seamless transition to the oldies circuit. The new millennium affords us many
opportunities to hear them in all of their digitized glory on CDs like The Chrome Collection, The Complete Motown Singles, Vol.
5: 1965, The Definitive Soul Collection, and Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia.
The Spinners recordings
Disco Ride (Jolyon
My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl (Sandy Linzer/Denny Randello/Michael Zager)