Pervis Jackson

May 17, 1938 – August 18, 2008

For more than half a century, Pervis Jackson was the swagger-filled bass voice of the hugely successful R&B group, the Spinners. Jackson was a founding member of the group along with fellow long-time Spinners Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough and Bobby Smith. Originally based in Detroit, the Spinners signed with Motown Records in 1963, but only found moderate success. Encouraged by another Detroit artist that was experiencing great success, Aretha Franklin, the group let their Motown contract end and signed with Atlantic Records.

At Atlantic, the Spinners reeled off a steady string of Top 10 hits throughout the 1970s including “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” “The Rubberband Man” and “Then Came You” (with Dionne Warwick). In all, they racked up 12 gold records. The usual drama and ups and downs followed but Jackson remained an integral part of the group until his death from cancer in 2008.

Burial

Woodlawn Cemetery – Detroit, MI

Specific Location

Section 2, Peace Mausoleum – At the northeast corner of the north structure of the Peace Mausoleum, Pervis is interred in the center row on the far left corner of the north-facing side.

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