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Has this group ever discussed falsetto singers? I like The Four Seasons, their songs, the arrangements, but I agree with Bruce on the shrillness of Valli's falsetto. Similar to Lou Christie who I also like on the whole. Is it fair to say that most of the non-shrill falsettos of that era are black singers and most of their hits were ballads?
Eddie Rich, George Grant, Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Lymon, Russell Tompkins Jr., and many others were great falsetto singers. Even Elvis (on "Blue Moon") had a great falsetto. But most all of the white doo wop groups that had a falsetto lead were awful IMO.
You can't really call Frankie Lymon a *falsetto* singer. He was a kid.
His voice hadn't changed yet. After it did, he lost his appeal.
Otherwise, I basically agree with you.
However, I intensely disliked some of the black "sweet soul" groups of
the 60s-70s with falsetto leads, namely the Delfonics and the Moments.
Not me. I liked most of them. The Stylistics were the most successful of them.
I liked the Stylistics. No wimpy-ass falsetto there. Also liked the
Spinners, Main Ingredient, Blue Magic. Loved Eddie Kendricks's voice
too, don't know if you'd call that falsetto or just a high tenor.
Whoops, and we left out (going back to the 60s) Eddie Holman.
The Spinners were best when fronted by G.C Cameron as on the best
thing they ever did IMO---Stevie Wonder's song "It's A Shame" in 1970
Well, um....it probably won't surprise you that this is my favorite
Well of course this is a whole different ball game with an (almost)
whole different Spinners--certainly in a whole different groove---on
their very first record in 1961 which I agree is a humdinger too. It's
in my Top 100 for that year
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89..Little Sister Elvis Presley
90. You Can't Sit Down Phil Upchurch Combo
91. How You've Changed (After Marriage Blues) Tiny Topsy
92. That's What Girls Are Made For Spinners
"That's What Girls..." was their first record and was on Harvey
Fuqua's Tri-Phi label (shortly to be bought out completely by Berry
Gordy at Motown). It even appeared over on these shores on the UK
Columbia label (which is how I have my copy :). They got the title
wrong here calling it "That's What Little Girls Are Made For".
Later we got most of their Motown output and of course the whole slew
of their later-still really big sellers on Atlantic. Although they
were "The Spinners" on that early Columbia release they were
invariably called "The Motown Spinners" or "The Detroit Spinners" on
their later records to avoid confusion with the already existing UK
Spinners folk group.
BTW that's Marvin Gaye on drums on your favorite Spinners number :)
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