Sweet Soul Music of the 70’s- “I’ll Be Around”- The Spinners.
“I’ll Be Around” by The Spinners- wasn’t supposed to be a hit- it was originally the B-side of a single with “How Could I Let You Get Away” being the A-side. Deejays though quickly decided that “I’ll Be Around” was the song to play on this single and Atlantic Records followed suit making ‘I’ll Be Around’ the A-side. It went to #3 on the Hot 100 Pop Chart and #1 on the R&B Singles Chart in 1972. The song was written by Thom Bell and Phil Hurtt and was recorded at Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound Studios with the MFSB band backing. The MFSB band was the backing band of studio musicians who worked closely with producers Gamble and Huff the founders of the Philly Soul Sound of the 70’s.
The Spinners had been around a long time- their first chart success was back in 1961. They were formed in Detroit. They were discovered by Harvey Fuqua of The Moonglows. They had two Top 40 hits in the 1960’s- but their real break through came in the early 70’s when they hooked up with Leon Huff. “I”ll Be Around” was their first Top 10 hit- they would from 1972-80 have 7 Top 10 hits- with one #1- “Then Came You” which they shared with Dionne Warwick.