It's a Shame (The Spinners song)
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"It's a Shame" is a song co-written by Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright and Lee Garrett and produced by Wonder as a single for the Spinners on Motown's V.I.P. Records label. The single became the Detroit-reared group's biggest single on the Motown Records company since they had signed with the company in 1964 and also their biggest hit in a decade.
|"It's a Shame"|
|Single by the Spinners|
|from the album 2nd Time Around|
|B-side||"Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music" (1st ver.)|
|Released||June 11, 1970|
|Recorded||1969–1970, Golden World (Studio B)|
|The Spinners singles chronology|
The song, which is about a man who complains about a lover's "messin' around" on him, became a huge hit for the group reaching number-fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-three on the R&B singles chart, making it one of their biggest hits to date. The song was the first song Wonder produced for another act by himself.
Two years later, the group would leave Motown for a contract with Atlantic Records on the advice of fellow Detroit native Aretha Franklin, also an artist on that label. Cameron, who was having an affair with Gwen Gordy (sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy) decided to stay in Motown and the group hired Cameron's cousin Philippé Wynne to replace him. Later, Cameron moved with the Gordys to Los Angeles, and stayed with Motown for over a decade. In 2003 Paul Jackson, Jr. performed a cover on the electric guitar from his album Still Small Voices.