Friday, July 3, 2009

Bad Choices: OSF Going On Your Own

The desire for independence and the casting off of restraints or constraints can end up with promise (as in Abraham's looking for a better country) or disappointment as in the case of the prodigal who had to return home.

Philippé Wynne (born in Detroit and raised in Cincinnati)began his singing career as a gospel singer. He switched to R&B, singing with Bootsy Collins's Pacesetters in 1968 and with James Brown's J.B.'s shortly thereafter. Wynne then starred as the lead singer in the popular R&B group The Spinners, joining them in the early 1970's replacing his cousin, G.C. Cameron.

After a number of top-selling albums and singles with the Spinners, Wynne then launched a solo career, but it was not nearly as successful. He then garnered a measure of success again as he joined George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic around 1979. He performed with them on several recordings, and was a featured vocalist on the Funkadelic single "(Not Just) Knee Deep", as well as continuing his solo career which produced the album Wynne Jammin' in 1980, though he never regained the super stardom he had enjoyed with the Spinners.

This song by The Spinners epitomizes bad choices that not only artists make, but all of us make in life:

How Could I Let You Get Away, When I Knew I'd Need Somebody Soon?

With Gene Dunlap:(One of my all-time faves!)
Something Inside My Head

The Solo:
Can't It Wait Til Tomorrow?


SjP said...

WOW!!! I didn't know that Wynn had 'funk' in his back story. You learn something new every day. Much obliged for the lesson and taking me back!

MrsGrapevine said...

Wow! Thanks for this post.

@ SJP:
LOL! We have the same reaction.

I didn't know any of this. I'm familiar with his work but never knew a name or any of this back story. I imagine there are a lot talented people like him that never broke out as a solo, but have supported some of the best bands around.

Thanks, great choice, great story!

Kymberly said...

Well, I'll co-sign to the above comments. I had not a clue about this. Thanks for taking me to school, if you know what I mean!

Good choice!

CCGroovy!!! said...


U go DEEP!!!


CCGroovy!!! said...


U went DEEP!!!


Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

Really enjoyed the education, Rev. I like hearing the additional details of a person's life. Also, "How Could I Let You Get Away" is one of my favorite Spinners songs.

Mista Jaycee said...

I dig where you're at. Philipe Wynne was a great talent. I have yet to hear another voice like his period!

SjP said...

Just wanted to let you know that I left you a little something...

Anonymous said...

Hey Rev!

I've been off for awhile so getting caught up. Man, Philipe Wynn had such a unique voice, so expressive. REally glad you featured him here.