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Detroit's Spinners among this year's Rock Hall nominees

for Journal Register Newspapers

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The hitmaking Detroit R&B group the Spinners is on the short list of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2012.

It's the first nomination for the group, which formed in Detroit during 1961 and was known overseas as the Motown Spinners to avoid confusion with a similarly named British group. The Spinners were with Motown from 1963-1972, scoring hits such as "I'll Alwasy Love You" and "It's a Shame," which was co-written by Stevie Wonder.

The group's greatest success came after moving to Atlantic Records at the suggestion of Aretha Franklin. The Spinners scored six No. 1 R&B hits such as "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "One of a Kind (Love Affair)," "Games People Play" and "Rubberband Man," as well as its lone No. 1 pop hit, "Then Came You" with Dionne Warwick in 1974. The Spinners continue to perform and tour with surviving original members Henry Farmbrough and Bobbie Smith.

Also nominated for Rock Hall induction this year are Guns 'N Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers (with Detroit native Chad Smith on drums), the Beastie Boys, Heart, the Cure, Donna Summer, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Freddie King, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Donovan, Laura Nyro, War, the Small Faces/The Faces and rappers Eric B. & Rakim. The Rock Hall's more than 500 voters will select five to be inducted on April 14, when the 27th annual ceremony returns to Cleveland for the third time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation will subsequently determine non-performing inductees and recipients of the Award for Musical Excellence (formerly Sidemen).

As in 2009, the 2012 ceremony will be open to the public. Individual tickets will go on sale in December, while tables and VIP packages are available now, Information can we found at www.rockhall.com. The Hall of Fame + Museum is planning 10 days of special activities leading up to the ceremony, including the unveiling of a new exhibit and the grand opening of its library and archives.

Web Site: www.rockhall.com

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