One Of A Kind (Love Affair) – Spinners | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#11) & R&B (#1 for 4 weeks); 1973

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Detroit’s Spinners celebrated their 17th year as a working act by scoring their first #1, I’ll Be Around, in mid-October, 1972. Their producer was Thom Bell, who’d already crafted a string of hits for the Delfonics and Stylistics, and his latest charges hoped he could do the same for them. Thom could, and did, as Could It Be I’m Falling In Love also topped the rhythm list four months later and made it to #4 on the pop side. The group’s third shot with Bell involved a song inspired by writer Joe Jefferson’s recent romantic break-up. Joe told Thom the title – One Of A Kind (Love Affair) – but didn’t mention that he hadn’t written the song, yet. When Thom finally heard Joe’s latest effort, he was ecstatic. Once again Philippe Wynn and Bobbie Smith shared the lead with Wynn throwing in some gospel-styled adlibs at the end. On June 9th, 1973, One Of A Kind made it three consecutive R&B #1’s: the third in a five year run of 16 straight Top 15 singles.

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Produced by:

  • Thom Bell

Lyrics Written by:

  • Joseph B. Jefferson