The Rubberband Man

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"The Rubberband Man"
Single by The Spinners
from the album Happiness Is Being With the Spinners
B-side"Now That We're Together"
Released1976
Format7-inch single
Recorded1976
GenrePop / Soul
Length3:33 (single edit)
7:22 (album version)
LabelAtlantic
Writer(s)Thom Bell
Linda Creed
ProducerThom Bell
CertificationRIAA: Gold
The Spinners singles chronology
"Wake Up Susan"
(1976)
"The Rubberband Man"
(1976)
"You're Throwing a Good Love Away"
(1977)
 
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"The Rubberband Man"
Single by The Spinners
from the album Happiness Is Being With the Spinners
B-side"Now That We're Together"
Released1976
Format7-inch single
Recorded1976
GenrePop / Soul
Length3:33 (single edit)
7:22 (album version)
LabelAtlantic
Writer(s)Thom Bell
Linda Creed
ProducerThom Bell
CertificationRIAA: Gold
The Spinners singles chronology
"Wake Up Susan"
(1976)
"The Rubberband Man"
(1976)
"You're Throwing a Good Love Away"
(1977)

"The Rubberband Man" is a song recorded by the American vocal group The Spinners (known as "Detroit Spinners" in the UK).

The song, written by producer Thom Bell and Linda Creed, was about Bell's son, who was being teased by his classmates for being overweight. Intended to make his son feel better about his self-image, the song eventually evolved from being about "The Fat Man" to "The Rubberband Man".[1]

The last major hit by the Spinners to feature Philippé Wynne on lead vocals, "The Rubberband Man" spent three weeks at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and topped the U.S. R&B chart at the end of 1976.[2] It was also a top-20 hit in the UK Singles Chart.

Contents

Media

In the 1981 film Stripes, the song is featured in the mud wrestling club the platoon visit. During an episode of Martin, Gina sings the tagline of the song after informing Martin that she has reorganized his music CDs. In the early 2000s, the song was featured prominently in a series of OfficeMax television commercials starring actor Eddie Steeples. The song is used at Wrigley Field when Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Mármol is entering the game. Episode of Suits Season 2 Episode 4, 2012.

Covers

The song was sung by Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter in a Season 4 episode of The Muppet Show. The song was covered by Canadian pop singer Tamara Silvera in 1985. The song was covered by Detroit rock band Electric Six on their 2010 album Zodiac. The song was covered by Youssou N'Dour on his 1986 album Nelson Mandela.

Personnel

Chart positions

Chart (1976)Peak
Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 1002
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles1
UK Singles Chart16
Preceded by
"Just to Be Close to You" by The Commodores
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number one single
October 23, 1976
Succeeded by
"Message in Our Music" by The O'Jays

References

  1. ^ Christopher G. Feldman (2000). The Billboard Book of No. 2 Hits. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-7695-4.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 545.