How Could I Let You Get Away

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"How Could I Let You Get Away"
Single by The Spinners
from the album Spinners
A-side "How Could I Let You Get Away"
B-side "I'll Be Around"
Released August 1972
Format 45 RPM 7"
Length 3:49
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Yvette Davis
Producer(s) Thom Bell
The Spinners singles chronology
"We'll Have It Made"
"How Could I Let You Get Away" / "I'll Be Around"
"Could It Be I'm Falling in Love"

"We'll Have It Made"
"How Could I Let You Get Away"/"I'll Be Around"
"Could It Be I'm Falling in Love"

"How Could I Let You Get Away" is a song recorded by the American vocal group The Spinners (known as "Detroit Spinners" in the UK). Produced by Thom Bell and recorded at Philly's Sigma Sound Studios, the lush, string-augmented production of the song drew comparisons to another Bell - produced group, The Stylistics. The song was recorded for inclusion on the group's 1972 self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records. It was also the A-side of the group's first single release on Atlantic in August 1972. It was the first Spinners hit to feature lead vocals by Philippé Wynne (with Henry Fambrough on close harmony,[1] both of their vocals were multitracked). The song had modest success on the charts, reaching number fourteen on the U.S. R&B charts and crossing over to the U.S. Pop charts peaking at number seventy seven.[2] However, it would be the single's B-side, "I'll Be Around" led by the Spinners' other lead singer Bobby Smith, that would be the group's real chart breakthrough, becoming a #1 R&B and #3 pop hit in the fall of 1972 and eventually reaching sales of over a million copies.


Chart history[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart 77
U.S. Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles 14


  1. ^ "How Could I Let You Get Away / The Spinners". YouTube. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  2. ^ "US Charts > The Spinners". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-18.

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