Chart Performance: Pop (#4) & R&B (#1); 1973
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
By the time the Spinners teamed up with Thom Bell in 1972, they’d shuffled through several record labels had only one pop Top 10 to their credit: 1970’s It’s A Shame. Bell, on the other hand, had already crafted hits for the Delfonics and Stylistics. Now he brought his lush brand of symphonic soul to the Spinners. Atlantic Records put up cash for just four tracks. Bell made good on one of them when I’ll Be Around spent five weeks atop the R&B chart and crossed over to #3 pop. Another – Could It Be I’m Falling In Love – was selected for the second shot. The song was on a third demo tape submitted to Bell by twin brothers Melvin and Mervin Steals. Bobbie Smith and Philippe Wynne shared lead on the recording, backed up by the other Spinners and a female trio. Recorded on June 12, 1972, Could It be I’m Falling In Love reached the R&B and pop Top 10 in February of 1973.
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- Thom Bell
Lyrics Written by:
- Mystro & Lyric