Mighty Love (song)

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This article is about the The Spinners song. For the RuPaul song, see Mighty Love (RuPaul song).
"Mighty Love"
Single by The Spinners
from the album Mighty Love
A-side "Mighty Love – Pt. 1"
B-side "Mighty Love – Pt. 2"
Released December 1973
Format 7 inch single
Genre R&B
Length 3:14 (radio edit)
5:05 (full version)
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Joseph B. Jefferson
"Bruce Hawes"
Charles Simmons
Producer(s) Thom Bell
The Spinners singles chronology
"Ghetto Child"
(1973)
"Mighty Love"
(1973)
"I'm Coming Home"
(1974)

"Mighty Love" is a 1973 song recorded by the American R&B vocal group The Spinners (known as "Detroit Spinners" in the UK). The song was co-written by Joseph B. Jefferson, Bruce Hawes and Charles Simmons and was produced by Thom Bell. Recorded at Philly's Sigma Sound Studios, the house band MFSB provided the backing. Bobbie Smith and Philippé Wynne rotate lead vocals during the first half of the song, with Wynne taking over completely for the final two and half minutes.[1] During live performances by the Spinners, the song was often used to showcase Wynne's exceptional ad-lib ability. When it was released as the lead single from the album of the same name, the song was split into two parts and "Mighty Love – Pt.1" became another hit for the group, holding the number one spot on the US R&B Singles chart for two weeks in March 1974 while also reaching number twenty on the Pop Singles chart.[2]

Todd Rundgren, Lisa Stansfield and Phil Perry are among those who have covered the song. The song appears in Richard Pryor's 1986 film, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling.

Personnel[edit]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 20
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lindsay Planer. "Mighty Love - The Spinners | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 545. 
Preceded by
"Boogie Down" by Eddie Kendricks
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number one single
March 2–9, 1974
Succeeded by
"Lookin' for a Love" by Bobby Womack