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The Spinners — I'll Be Around
Album: The Very Best of the Spinners
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Total ratings: 769









Released: 1972
Length: 3:06
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This is our fork in the road
Love's last episode
There's nowhere to go, oh no
You made your choice
Now it's up to me
To bow out gracefully
Though you hold the key, but baby

Whenever you call me, I'll be there
Whenever you want me, I'll be there
Whenever you need me, I'll be there
I'll be around

I knew just what to say
Now I found out today
That all the words had slipped away, but I know
There's always a chance
A tiny spark will remain, yeah
And sparks turn into flames
And love can burn once again, but I know you know

Whenever you call me, I'll be there
Whenever you want me, I'll be there
Whenever you need me, I'll be there
I'll be around, yeah

Whenever you call me, I'll be there
Whenever you want me, I'll be there
Even if I have to crawl, I'll be there
I'll be around

Just call me on the phone, I'll be there
I'll never leave you alone, I'll be there
Just call out your name, I know I know you know
I'll be around

I'll be standing in a coffin, I'll be there
I'll be a-rippin' it up, I'll be there
I'll be calling out your name to let you know
I'll be around
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So smooth, and memories of teenaged years in rural SC.
 justin4kick wrote:
There is not so much soul music on RP but what IS in the playlist is absolutely marvelous.  
 
I don't know if this is a Gamble-Huff song but I'd love to hear more Philly soul here.
 Ginetta wrote:
Much more beautyful than Santanas version.. even I like that one too. {#Dance}

Is there really a Santana's version? I know "I'll be waiting" but not the one you mention. A link would be much appreciated.

There is not so much soul music on RP but what IS in the playlist is absolutely marvelous.  
Love!
Summer in the 70s. 
Smooooth.
Different but fabulous Bill...{#Bananajam}
Timeless classic. I did not appreciate this song in the 70's ... love it now :) thanks RP for reintroducing it
What a way to start the day. Brings a smile as we wait for the first snowflakes later today.
You can't listen to this and *not* bounce to the beat.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/16/The_Spinners_%281965%29.png/250px-The_Spinners_%281965%29.png
pure magic. 
Timeless. So good to hear this.
 Cynaera wrote:
Sitting here on a cold November night, but this song makes it a warm, summer day.  Love the Spinners, and this song holds a special place in my heart.  Thanks to whoever uploaded it, and of course, to Bill and Rebecca for playing it.  Happy now....... {#Bounce}

  

Super Soul  {#Hearteyes}
Great song.  Fantastic.  What happened ?
Easy 10.  Thanks RP!
In the 80's I put this song on my telephone answering machine—outgoing message.  True.
I don't know how many people got it, though ;)
 robertomiller wrote:
Magic

 
That's what it is. Pure magic.
 (former member) wrote:
LOVE LOVE LOVE the Spinners.

MORE

 
More Spinners would be great!  I've always been partial to Rubberband Man. And this track too!
Long Live RP!  
We took this sort of thing for granted back then. Little did we realize how blessed we were. We could never have imagined that one day R&B would no longer exist
{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}
{#Dancingbanana} Dancing with my dog, listening to this song as a youngster on AM radio back in the 70's. 
Uplifting everlasting Groover. 👍🏻
so love hearing this beautiful song this gorgeous day   : )  pure joy
Cover by: "The Gramophone Allstars"


The Gramophone Allstars - I'll Be Around (https://youtu.be/8uHqyrbKCz4)
at the time of this song The Spinners were a good stepping stone from Motown to the Philly Sound
Superb
Magic
Much more beautyful than Santanas version.. even I like that one too. {#Dance}
 It's good stuff!!
Real Music!   A1 
 ojibwe wrote:

Is this Philly or Detroit? Been too many years to remember. 

Well whichever it is, it's good stuff. 

 
I've never seen one of your song comments before, but I couldn't help but notice the coincidence that "Fresh Air", um, aired an interview with Ojibwe author David Treuer today. https://www.npr.org/2015/02/23/388461490/prisoners-of-war-and-ojibwe-reservation-make-unlikely-neighbors-in-prudence. Okay, this is not a song comment (I already pegged this one at a 10), but what the hell.
At least for a few years, there was this kind of really nice, well-crafted, R&B tunes (Temptations, 4 Tops, Isley Brothers, Impressions, etc)  

Kind of miss this genre.  
 ojibwe wrote:

Is this Philly or Detroit? Been too many years to remember. 

Well whichever it is, it's good stuff. 

 
they were originally from Detroit on Motown but moved to Atlantic Records.
Written by Thom Bell, backed by MFSB and recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, this song defines Philly Soul.
 tulfan wrote:

Another Detroit group who couldn't make it on the (then) crowded Motown label...



 
They had quite a few Top 40 hits throughout the 1970s, but it wasn't until after they left Motown Records, with whom they only had some minor hits.  Even though they were from the Detroit area they did have much more success with Thom Bell's "Philly Sound" on Atlantic Records.
 ojibwe wrote:

Is this Philly or Detroit? Been too many years to remember. 

Well whichever it is, it's good stuff. 

 
Detroit sound. Started on Motown but the heart of their output was on Atlantic. The R&B dept at Atlantic was exceptional. Yep, this is good stuff, furshur!
a great song is one that is is 42 years old and you still have to crank up the volume when you hear it playing.
 phlattop wrote:
More Philly soul, please!!

 
Is this Philly or Detroit? Been too many years to remember. 

Well whichever it is, it's good stuff. 

Another Detroit group who couldn't make it on the (then) crowded Motown label...


Happy Birthday Patty!   and many more     {#Heartkiss} 
I put this song on my home answering machine ;)

 
You're right Bill, we did seem to hear it a lot back then. Sounds different on an AM radio with a tinny speaker. It turns out to be quite an excellent song though. Same thing with Bill Withers stuff too. 
I always loved this song Bill, but I was in love then,,,,,,,,,,,{#Hug}
 Cynaera wrote:
Sitting here on a cold November night, but this song makes it a warm, summer day.  Love the Spinners, and this song holds a special place in my heart.  Thanks to whoever uploaded it, and of course, to Bill and Rebecca for playing it.  Happy now....... {#Bounce}
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
 Cynaera wrote:
Sitting here on a cold November night, but this song makes it a warm, summer day.  Love the Spinners, and this song holds a special place in my heart.  Thanks to whoever uploaded it, and of course, to Bill and Rebecca for playing it.  Happy now....... {#Bounce}

 
Super lovely Soul
 ghoffman wrote:
I agree with you, Bill.  I hated this in the '70s, but really like it now.

 
I always liked this song; I even had the single when it came out.  If there were a hit song from this year that I hated it would be "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" or something like that.
 ghoffman wrote:
I agree with you, Bill.  I hated this in the '70s, but really like it now.
 

This scares me greatly because there are plenty of 'popular' songs now and I really, really, don't want to say in 2053: "Oh, yeah, I used to hate Baby, but now I find myself pleasantly humming to it". {#Shifty}
 phlattop wrote:
More Philly soul, please!!

 
YES!
I gotta rip my Philly Soul CDs and start uploading.
Acesup:  getting old does that ;)
More Philly soul, please!!
Saw my 14 year old daughter dance with a boy at a wedding to this song.

It hit me like a ton of bricks. 
{#Dance}
I agree with you, Bill.  I hated this in the '70s, but really like it now.
{#Clap}
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Outstanding !
 
 ChiTownMike wrote:
Great to periodically hear some great Motown like The Spinners or the Delfonics.

Love it!
 
Motown, the Kleenex of soul music. it was the brand name but hardly the only soul music out there.

The Spinners were on Motown earlier in their career but this song was after they made the move to Atlantic. It's pure Philly Soul.
The Delfonics were one of the pioneers of the Philly Soul.


 apd wrote:
Oh, hell yea. Bill, more Philly soul on the playlist, please.
 
{#Dancingbanana}
Nice! :)
I just love this song.
 clwguy wrote:
i second that. this is what I love about RP.

Geecheeboy wrote:
Surprisingly welcome.
 
 
Thirded!!! If that's possible

Love the diversity - wouldn't have given it a listen the first time around, but now I know better.... 
AUS rocker Doug Parkinson did a great cover of this about the same time - Bill; you should try get that version for the playlist. 
i second that. this is what I love about RP.

Geecheeboy wrote:
Surprisingly welcome.
 


This brings back great memories! {#Daisy}
I MISSED IT this time, so I made sure to give it an 8 so I'll be sure to hear it some other time.  God i love technology sometimes {#Whistle}
One of my Alltime Favorite Songs Ever.
Sitting here on a cold November night, but this song makes it a warm, summer day.  Love the Spinners, and this song holds a special place in my heart.  Thanks to whoever uploaded it, and of course, to Bill and Rebecca for playing it.  Happy now....... {#Bounce}
 Shesdifferent wrote:
Didn't believe what I was hearing. Too Commercial, this gets played on the easy listening stations too much (which I have had to endure at work endlessly). While a great tune and I love Motown....maybe the Temptations would have been a better choice?
 
The majority of songs played here could be considered "commercial", and there are several Temptations tunes on the playlist as well.  Great song.
From Sloan to the Spinners! Bill! {#Notworthy}
 lkovathana wrote:
The Joan Osborne version is good
 

THIS song is great. THIS song should never be covered. I don't mean legally, I mean it should not be covered.{#Snooty}
I know my toe's tapping....  {#Bounce}
The Joan Osborne version is good
Brilliant song.
The Spinners are awesome.
SMOOOOOVE!

When played at the correct volume, this song can make women's bra straps unhook themselves.

One of the very best songs of the genre. Smooth as silk.
Classic, and oh so smooth!
 Shesdifferent wrote:

Ok fine.....
 

The Spinners actually recorded on the Motown label and then went to Atlantic.  I cannot imagine why anyone would split hairs over that but, whatever...
 apd wrote:

ahem: not Motown - Philly International.
 
Ok fine.....
Great to periodically hear some great Motown like The Spinners or the Delfonics.

Love it!
 Shesdifferent wrote:
Didn't believe what I was hearing. Too Commercial, this gets played on the easy listening stations too much (which I have had to endure at work endlessly). While a great tune and I love Motown....maybe the Temptations would have been a better choice?
 
ahem: not Motown - Philly International.
I haven't heard this song since I was a kid and I never appreciated it then, but even so I find I know most of the words. Now that I can appreciate all of the subtleties, it really is a great song.
Oh, hell yea. Bill, more Philly soul on the playlist, please.
And those suits are FIERCE. I can just see the dance-steps.
LOVE LOVE LOVE the Spinners.

MORE
The same opening from Santana ... But this is real a very good song! (Carlos stolen this opening?)
No auto tune goin' on here either...
Didn't believe what I was hearing. Too Commercial, this gets played on the easy listening stations too much (which I have had to endure at work endlessly). While a great tune and I love Motown....maybe the Temptations would have been a better choice?

Brilliant!  Thanks for playing some classic R&B, Bill!
Surprisingly welcome.
 fluorophore wrote:
This could use some airplay. Joan Osbourne's cover ain't cuttin' it.
 

{#Lol}Ya got that right!
Classic soul pop tune!!!

The Philly Sound.
Decent song from my youth...HOW 'BOUT THOSE JACKETS??
Perfect song for a sunny, spring-like day!
Oh, that's guuuud.
This could use some airplay. Joan Osbourne's cover ain't cuttin' it.