Cupid: The Spinners

Monday morning, an early Valentine’s Day song.

Sam Cooke’s “Cupid” had been covered by many artists but it was this 1980 version by The Spinners that scored in the Top Ten. (And imagine having not one but five of those powder blue suits in your closet!) Lead singer John Edwards does right by Sam Cooke, and the producers left in and enhanced Cooke’s idea of having the sound of Cupid’s arrow flying. Be sure to stay to the end to hear that last note.

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Working My Way Back To You: The Spinners


Monday it’s red jackets, black slacks, white shirts with wide lapels, and gold neck chains to show sincerity, as we work our way back to you, Babe.

The Spinners take on the Four Seasons classic.

Sometime in the 1970s, I worked in a record store located in the basement of Grand Central Station called Jimmy’s. Once, Marian McPartland came in. But mostly I remember two things: first how the pretty manager of the store used to disappear every lunchtime into the locked back room with the cop who would come by each day, both finally emerging after an hour and a half, she with skirt askew and mussed hair, he buckling his uniform belt; and second, how all the songs from The Spinners album played over the store’s speaker system over and over. It was that kind of music.

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