The Originals were a successful Motown R&B and soul group during the late 1960s and the 1970s, most notable for the hits "Baby I'm For Real", "The Bells" and the disco classic, "Down to Love Town". Formed in 1966, the group originally consisted of bass singer Freddie Gorman former group member and songwriting partner of Brian Holland and former songwriting partner of Lamont Dozier as Holland–Dozier–Gorman writing team) before it became world famous Holland–Dozier–Holland.) Gorman (one of the writers of Motown's very first #1 pop hit Marvelettes, Beatles and Carpenters hit "Please Mr. Postman"), baritone (and the group's founder) Walter Gaines, and tenors C.P. Spencer and Hank Dixon. Ty Hunter replaced Spencer when he left to go solo in the early 1970s. They had all previously sung in other Detroit groups, C.P. having been an original member of the (Detroit) Spinners and Ty having sung with Scherrie Payne in the group Glass House.
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