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CP Spencer dies at 65, was tenor for the Originals

C.P. Spencer, whose soaring tenor voice led the hit song “Baby I’m For Real,” by Motown group the Originals, died Wednesday 20 October of a heart attack. The Oak Park resident was 65.

Born Crathman P. Spencer, the Detroiter started singing with the Voicemasters, a group who evolved from the Five Jets  and were one of the first groups that Berry Gordy used on sessions. Core members Crathman P. Spencer, Walter Gaines, and Henry Dixon were led by the dynamic leads of David Ruffin, Ty Hunter, Joe Charles aka Joe Murphy, and Lamont Dozier.

Along with Freddie Gorman, Hank Dixon and Walter Gaines, Spencer was signed to Motown in 1964 by producer Lamont Dozier. While cutting some sides on their own, they sang backup on sessions from 1965 to 1969.

The Originals scored their first big hit on their own with “Baby, I’m For Real,” in 1969, a song written and produced by Marvin Gaye.

It was Ed Love, then a disc jockey on jazz station WCHD, who first played “Baby I’m For Real” in Detroit at the request of Gorman, who worked with Love at the post office.

It wasn’t intended to be the single, but the group liked it, and listeners went crazy for the song, and Spencer’s lead vocal.

CP Spencer was also one of  "The Voice Masters" which  evolved from the Five Jets and the Five Stars and were one of the first groups that Berry Gordy used on sessions. Core members Crathman P. Spencer, Walter Gaines, and Henry Dixon were led by the dynamic leads of David Ruffin, Ty Hunter, Joe Charles aka Joe Murphy, and Lamont Dozier.

Ref: Originals biography




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