Happy Birthday to former Spinners and Temptations member G.C. Cameron, born September 21, 1945.
Mississippi native G.C. Cameron first came to national attention in the late 60s as the lead singer for the Spinners. His plaintive wailing on the group's first major hit, "It's A Shame," seemed to announce to the world that a new supergroup was born. However, to call them new was a misperception, as they had paid more dues to get to that point than any other group at Motown (read more about the story of the Spinners). Unfortunately, while "It's A Shame" provided the currency the Spinners needed to leave Motown for what would be a monumental decade at Atlantic, G.C. was contractually and maritally bound to Motown (he was married to Berry Gordy's sister Gwen). He stayed for the remainder of the 70s with the label, but never received the material or promotion his great voice deserved (though he recorded a wonderful version of the now classic "Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday").