Bobbie Smith, the original lead singer of Motown group, The Spinners, has died at the age of 76.
The singer had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November of 2012 and died following complications from pneumonia and flu, Associated Press reports.
Smith joined the Spinners in 1956 and the band had their first major hit in 1961 with "That's What Girls Are Made For", which reached No.27 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band's peak came in the 1970s with such songs as "Working My Way Back to You", "The Rubberband Man" and the No.1 hit with Dionne Warwick, "Then Came You".
Henry Fambrough, one of the group's surviving members said "Bobby was a regular, down-to-earth, good-natured person, the kind of guy who'd give you his shirt, and ever since I've known him, he was just a natural showman." Fambrough still performs with a modern-day lineup of the Spinners to this day.
Bobbie Smith (April 10, 1936 – March 16, 2013)