Going in Circles (song)

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"Going in Circles"
Single by The Friends of Distinction
from the album Grazin′
B-side "Let Yourself Go"
Released 1969
Format Vinyl 7", Single, 45 RPM
8 Track cassette
Recorded 1968
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 4:32
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Jerry Peters, Anita Poree
Producer(s) John Florez, Ray Cork, Jr.
The Friends of Distinction singles chronology
"Grazing in the Grass"
"Going in Circles"
"Love or Let Me Be Lonely"

"Going in Circles" is a song written by Jerry Peters and Anita Poree, and originally performed by The Friends of Distinction on their 1969 album Grazin′, reaching number 15 on the U.S. Hot 100, and number three on the R&B chart.[1] The song has since been covered numerous times by other artists, including Isaac Hayes and Luther Vandross.

In R&B circles, the song became a near rites of passage of young love. It became an anthem, especially to urban music lovers and for broken hearts that heard it. The vocal performances by The Friends of Distinction was award-winning in its depth of emotion. It is simply beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. With the unforgettable line, "I'm spun out over you....".


Chart (1969) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 15
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles 3

Cover versions[edit]

Luther Vandross version[edit]

"Going in Circles"
Single by Luther Vandross
from the album Songs
A-side "Love The One You're With"
Released September 1994
(U.S., UK)
Format cassette, CD Single
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 4:53
Label Epic Records
Writer(s) Jerry Peters, Anita Poree
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff
Luther Vandross (co-producer)
Luther Vandross singles chronology
"Always and Forever"
"Love The One You're With"/"Going in Circles"
"Every Year, Every Christmas"

Several cover versions have been done, the most popularized version is R&B/soul singer Luther Vandross' cover. Vandross recorded a version that appears on his 1994 standards album Songs. In 1995, his cover version was released as the B-side single to "Love The One You're With". The song received heavy radio-rotation and became a top thirty hit on both Billboard's 'Hot R&B Singles' and 'Hot Adult Contemporary Songs'.[3]

Track list[edit]

US CD Single[4]
  1. "Going In Circles" (Radio Edit) - 4:00
  2. "Going In Circles" (Album Version) - 5:12
  3. "Going In Circles" (Instrumental) - 4:00
  4. "Love The One You're With" (Edit) - 3:43
  5. "Love The One You're With" (Remix Edit) - 3:59


Chart (1995) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 95
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles 28


  1. ^ "The Friends of Distinction US singles archive". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top 40 Hits: 1955-2009. Record Research. p. 256. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 597. 
  4. ^ Vandross-"Going in Circles"/"Love The One You're With" - (US CD Single).discogs.com
  5. ^ Luther Vandross - Singles Chart history.Billboard.com