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October 2, 2016

The Floaters – Floaters (1977) – Lp

by Record Facts

The Floaters were an American R&B vocal group, from the Sojourner Truth housing projects in Detroit, Michigan, that formed in 1976. The group are best known for their 1977 song “Float On“.

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Artist:  The Floaters
Title:  Floaters
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  ABC Records
Catalog#  25094 XOT

The band was formed by the former Detroit Emeralds‘ singer James Mitchell, with his brother Paul Mitchell, Larry Cunningham, Charles Clark, and the unrelated Ralph Mitchell. Most of The Floaters were from the Sojourner Truth housing project on Detroit’s Eastside.

James Mitchell wrote the band’s one major hit, “Float On“. “Float On” was 11 minutes and 46 seconds of pure magicwith Arnold Ingram and Marvin Willis. The lyrics spotlight each member of the band, who introduced themselves with their name, astrological sign, and ideal type of romantic partner. The song was produced by Woody Wilson. It became a worldwide hit in 1977 on ABC Records, reaching No. 1 on the US R&B chart. Follow-ups such as “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” were not as successful.

The other Floaters are Paul Mitchell, Jonathan Murray, Charles Clark, and Ralph Cunningham. Disk jockeys loved “Float On” — they could pair it with Isaac Hayes‘ “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” make a munchie run, and be back before Ike sings “she’ll be rising.” “Float On” aced Billboard’s R&B chart and Great Britain’s pop chart. Nothing else as magical appears on this LP. They followed with “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” which surprisingly charted despite Charles Clark‘s whiny, uninteresting falsetto lead.

 

Side one
1.  Float On  (11:49)
2.  You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me  (4:53)
3.  Got To Find A Way  (3:47)

Side two
1.  I Bet You Get The One You Love  (3:04)
2.  Everything Happens For A Reason  (3:58)
3.  Take One Step At A Time  (4:05)
4.  No Stronger Love  (5:09)
5.  I Am So Glad I Took My Time  (5:20)

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