Song Lyric Sunday | “I’ll Be Around” – The Spinners

 

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Around/Down/Sideways/Up.

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Following my first mind led me to this smooth groove from the early 70s.

I’ll Be Around was initially released as the B-side of the group’s first single on Atlantic Records, with How Could I Let You Get Away being the A-side. Radio deejays, however, soon opted for I’ll Be Around which led to Atlantic flipping the single over and the song became an unexpected hit, eventually spending five weeks at number one on the U.S. R&B chart (the group’s first number-one on the R&B chart), and reaching number three on the U.S. Pop chart in the fall of 1972. It also reached sales of over one million copies, The Spinners’ first record ever to do so. The success of I’ll Be Around would be the first in a series of chart successes The Spinners and Bell would have together during the 1970s.

FUN FACTS:

  • The Spinners were known as the Detroit Spinners in the UK.
  • This song of devotion is heartbreaking on a deeper level. The lyrics, written by the aptly named Phil Hurtt, find our hero unable to move on from a relationship that has ended. There is an air of desperation as he offers himself up to his lost love unconditionally. He might be bowing out gracefully, but he can’t leave her behind.
  • Cover versions of I’ll Be Around made the US Hot 100 in the each of the three decades after The Spinners first charted with the song.

A 70s song from a 70s group, of course, the video performance is from Soul Train!

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

I’ll Be Around

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

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