The Spinners – Ghetto Child


The Spinners (also known as The Detroit Spinners and Motown Spinners in the UK) are an American soul vocal group that formed in 1954 in Detroit. Despite acclaim for their performances The Spinners lacked commercial success and were unappreciated through most of the 60’s. Following advice from Atlantic records’ Arethra Franklin, the group joined Atlantic after finishing their contract with Motown. Thom Bell was enrolled to revitalise The Spinners with his aptitude for luscious, soulful, orchestral production. The group went on to produce eight albums (five went gold) with Bell who also received the Grammy for Best Producer of the Year in 1975.

Ghetto Child is taken from their 1973 album produced by Bell titled “Spinners”. The album was their first commercial success reaching #1 on Billboard’s US R&B chart. Cowritten by Bell and fellow Philadelphian song-writter Linda Creed, “Ghetto Child” was released as a single charting at #29 in the US and #7 in the UK. It beautifully expresses the undeserved stigma of a child living with segregation and nods to the development of Philadelphia Soul.


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