Two weeks ago, a pair of YouTube posters from England – collectively known as “potluk” – uploaded a treasure for R&B and pop fans: a live performance of “Rubberband Man” by the Spinners.
I do mean live... no lip-syncing! To watch the late, great Philippe Wynne in his prime is a beautiful thing. The wit of his improvisations, the gospel flavorings, the way his voice moves in and around the groove... God bless that man. We need another one just like him.
My big sis took me to see the Spinners and Nancy Wilson when I was a youngster, and I remember them breaking out the big-ass rubber bands. This is feel-good music, plain and simple.
And those of us who grew up with it are the luckiest people in the world.
(Special thanks to potluk for allowing this embed!)