April 1972 – a song popular in this month – I’ll Be Around by The Spinners
This song of devotion is heartbreaking on a deeper level. The lyrics, written by the aptly-named Phil Hurtt, find our hero unable to move on from a relationship that has ended.
Interesting facts about I’ll Be Around & The Spinners
The Spinners were signed to Motown Records in 1963, but were never one of the top acts at the label. In 1972, they moved to Atlantic Records, and recorded some unsuccessful session with producer Jimmy Roach.
Cover versions made the US Hot 100 in the each of the three decades after The Spinners first charted with the song:
In 1985, the Todd Rundgren-produced group What Is This? took the song to #62.
In 1995, a rap version by Rappin’ 4-Tay with The Spinners hit #39.
In 2005, Hall & Oates’ cover went to #97.
It was The Spinners’ producer Thom Bell who came up with the music and the title for the song. In our interview with Phil Hurtt, he explained: “When Thommy said ‘I’ll be around,’ I started thinking about a scenario and a story. Thommy was telling me, ‘Whenever you call me, I’ll be there.’
This information was provided by Songfacts.com