Saturday, August 2, 2014

"Never Thought I'd Fall in Love" by The Spinners

Song#:  0935
Date:  03/06/1982
Debut:  95
Peak:  95
Weeks:  2
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  The Spinners has a late-career resurgence in the early 80s thanks to a couple of medleys that reached the Top 10. But their output after those hits started them on a chart descent from which they would not recover. After a pair of lowly R&B chart singles from their album "Can't Shake This Feelin'," this third single somehow got on the pop chart for a couple of weeks while missing the R&B chart completely.

ReduxReview:  This is not the most memorable or exciting single from the group, but it's not too bad either. It takes a while for the song to really rev up and the last minute or so is worthy of a listen. The remainder is just pleasant album fodder. They have had far, far better material than this.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  The group's first single for the Tri-Phi label was 1961's "That's What Girls Are Made For," which reached #5 at R&B. After that, they continued to record for the label with little success. Tri-Phi was bought by Motown and the group found a home there. But not much changed. With little in the way of hits, Motown kind of used members of the group in other capacities while on the label (i.e., road managers, chauffeurs, etc.). Aretha Franklin stepped in and encouraged the group to make a move to Atlantic. They did in 1972 and the success was immediate with three straight R&B #1's and two pop Top 10's. Their hit streak would continue throughout the 70s with their biggest pop hit being the #1 duet with Dionne Warwick, "Then Came You."


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