Games People Play (The Spinners song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"Games People Play"
Games People Play - Spinners.jpg
Single by The Spinners
from the album Pick of the Litter
B-side "I Don't Want to Lose You"
Released August 1975
Format 7 inch single
Genre Philly soul

3:29 (7")

4:41 (album)
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Joseph B. Jefferson, Bruce Hawes, Charles Simmons
Producer(s) Thom Bell
The Spinners singles chronology
"Games People Play"
"Love or Leave"
"Games People Play"
"Love or Leave"

"Games People Play", also known as "They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)", is a song recorded by American R&B vocal group The Spinners. Released in 1975 from their Pick of the Litter album, featuring lead vocals by Bobby Smith, the song was a crossover success, spending a week at number one on the US Hot Soul Singles chart and peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] Recorded at Philadelphia's Sigma Sound Studios, the house band MFSB provided the backing.

Female backing vocals on the song were by Carla Benson, Evette Benton and Barbara Ingram. This song was an RIAA certified million-seller for the Spinners.[2]


Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 545. 
  2. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  3. ^ "Bienvenue au site Web Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Welcome to the Library and Archives Canada website". 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  5. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". Billboard. 1975-10-25. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 
  8. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1975". Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"This Will Be" by Natalie Cole
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
October 18, 1975
Succeeded by
"To Each His Own" by Faith, Hope & Charity