Really? Bobbie Smith, too? Geez.
This is what I'm thinking when word comes that the lead singer of the Spinners has died. It comes a month after Richard Street and Damon Harris, who sang on "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" with the Temptations, passed away just days apart. Now Mr. Smith, whose ice cream dollop of a tenor on "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" serenaded me through junior year in high school, has joined them. It feels -- and this feeling has become uncomfortably familiar lately -- as if Somebody Up There is taking a sledgehammer to my childhood.
I send Howard a text: "All my heroes are going away."
Howard has been one of my best...