One of a Kind (Love Affair)

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"One of a Kind (Love Affair)"
One of a Kind (Love Affair) - Spinners.jpeg
Single by The Spinners
from the album Spinners
B-side "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You"
Released April 1973
Format 7-inch single
Genre R&B, Philly soul
Length 3:17 (censored version)
3:31 (uncensored version)
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Joseph B. Jefferson
Producer(s) Thom Bell
The Spinners singles chronology
"Could It Be I'm Falling in Love"
"One of a Kind (Love Affair)"
"Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music"
"Ghetto Child"

"One of a Kind (Love Affair)" is a song recorded by the American R&B vocal group The Spinners (known as "Detroit Spinners" in the UK). The song was written by Joseph B. Jefferson and produced by Thom Bell.

The Spinners recorded the song at Philly's Sigma Sound Studios, and the house band MFSB provided the backing. Philippé Wynne handles lead vocals, although Bobby Smith provides two lines during the bridge that follows the first verse. ("I never thought about today would come"/"She wrote a line or two upon the wall.") Released as the third single from their 1972 self-titled album on Atlantic Records, "One of a Kind (Love Affair)" would become the group's third consecutive number one on the U.S. R&B Singles Chart, spending four weeks at the top spot. It also reached the number 11 position on Billboard Pop Singles chart[1] and was certified gold by the RIAA.



When the single was first released, there was some confusion as to whether the song contained a curse word in the section that immediately followed the instrumental break of the song. Supposedly, some heard the lyric Philippé Wynne sang like this:

One of a kind love affair
Makes you want to love her
You just got to fuck her, yeah

However, there were others who heard the allegedly offensive line as "You just got to hug her, yeah". Regardless, Atlantic quickly responded to the complaints by reissuing the song with the three lines edited out and the "One of a kind love affair makes a lame man walk, makes a blind man talk about seeing again" lyric was moved up to right after the instrumental break. To add to the confusion, there are some lyrics web sites that have the line as "You just have to hurt her, yeah".[2] Over the years both the "censored" and the "uncensored" versions of the song have been used for the numerous CD appearances that "One of a Kind (Love Affair)" has made.

Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 545. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "1973: The Top 100 Soul/R&B Singles". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Carolyn Hope (2012-06-25). "Barry's Hits of All Decades Pop rock n roll Music Chart Hits". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  6. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1973/Top 100 Songs of 1973". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  7. ^ [3]

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Preceded by
"I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" by Barry White
Billboard′s Best Selling Soul number one single
June 9, 1973 - June 30, 1973
Succeeded by
"Doing It to Death" by Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s