I'll Be Around

The Spinners

About I'll Be Around

"I'll Be Around" is a song recorded by the American R&B vocal group The Spinners (known as "Detroit Spinners" in the UK). The song was co-written by Thom Bell and Phil Hurtt and produced by Bell. Recorded at Philly's Sigma Sound Studios, the house band MFSB provided the backing. The production of the song gives it a smooth, mid-tempo feel, with the signature guitar riff (in octaves) played by Norman Harris at the forefront and punctuation from female background singers, the MFSB horns & strings and conga-playing from Larry Washington. Bobby Smith handles lead vocals on the song. The song was included on the group's 1972 self-titled album on Atlantic Records, their first album release for the label. It 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. 


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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 call, 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 my name you know I know you know
I'll be around

I'll be skipping and jumping, 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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The Spinners

The Spinners are a soul and R&B vocal group that emerged in the 1960s. They gained popularity for their smooth harmonies and hit songs like "I'll Be Around" and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love." The group's lineup has changed over the years, but they have remained a prominent act in the soul music genre. more »

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Written by: Phil Hurtt, Thom Bell, Thom Randolph Bell

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

Release Details
"I'll Be Around" was released in 1972 by American soul music group The Spinners. It was part of their album "Spinners", which was their third studio album.
Chart Performance
The song was a significant hit on U.S. music charts. It peaked at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and held the number 1 spot on the R&B charts.
Song Duration
The length of the song is about 3 minutes and 10 seconds, making it an average length for pop songs during this period.
"I'll Be Around" was written by Thom Bell and Phil Hurtt. Bell is a famous composer and producer who played a significant role in creating the "Philly Soul" sound of the 1970s.
Noteworthy Recognition
The song is considered a classic of the soul music genre and is widely recognized as the group's signature song.
Covers and Adaptations
Various artists have covered this song following its release. Notable examples include Hall and Oats, Joan Osborne, and Rappin' 4-Tay - demonstrating the song's multi-genre appeal.
Music Video
The song's music video was unique for its time. It displayed footage of The Spinners singing and dancing, coupled with kaleidoscopic effects, which added a psychedelic touch.
Platinum Status
The song was certified gold by the RIAA and eventually went platinum, marking over 1 million copies sold.
Even decades after its release, "I'll Be Around" garners significant acclaim. In 2012, Rolling Stone magazine listed the track as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
Movie Features
"I'll Be Around" has been featured in several film soundtracks, including "The Family Man" (2000) and "Zodiac" (2007). This attests to its enduring popularity and cultural relevance.

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