Float On

Album: Float On (1977)
Charted: 1 2


  • The Floaters were an R&B group formed by members of The Detroit Emeralds. "Float On" was their only hit.
  • Group member James Mitchell got the idea for this song when it came to him in a dream. He jumped out of bed and hummed the tune into a tape recorder so he would remember it.
  • The idea for the lyrics was to spotlight each member of the band, who introduced themselves with their name and astrological sign. The verses read like personal ads, as each member makes his pitch to the ladies. For instance:

    Cancer and my name is Larry
    And I like a woman that loves everything and everybody
    Because I love everybody and everything

    Astrology was often part of the courtship ritual in 1970s America.
  • Guitarist Dennis Coffey, who is tied to astrology through his 1971 hit "Scorpio," didn't play on this but did have a part in it. Coffey was doing arrangements for The Floaters, and on this track, the group was trying to get the guitar sound Coffey used on "In The Rain" for The Dramatics. The key to that sound is the Echoplex effects unit, so Coffey let them use his and showed them how to work it.

Comments: 13

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1977 {May 15th} "Devil's Gun" by C.J. and Company entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #98, eight weeks later it would peak at #36 {for 1 week} and it spent over a half-year on the Top 100 {29 weeks}...
    And on August 21st, 1973 "Devil's Gun" peaked at #2 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, and the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "Float On" by the Floaters...
    Note: According to https://www.discogs.com/artist/84669-CJ-Co and Wikipedia, Charles 'Libra' Clark was a member of both C.J. & Company and The Floaters, could he have been a member of both groups at the same time?
  • Dave from Wheaton, IlWhy was Jonathan Murray, also a Floater, not on 'Float on'? Somebody let us know. Thanks!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 27th 1977, the Floaters performed "Float On" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time of this appearance on "Bandstand" the song was at #8 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; two weeks later it would peak at #2...
    {See the next post below}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 3rd 1977, "Float On" by the Floaters entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #81; and on September 11th, 1977 it peaked at #2 (for 2 weeks) and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 5 of those 16 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    And on August 7th, 1977 it reached #1 (for 6 weeks) on the Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    The Detroit quartet had two other records make the Hot R&B Singles chart; "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" (peaked at #28) and "I Just Want To Be With You" (reached #36)...
    The 1st week it was at #2 on the Top 100 the #1 record was "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb and for the 2nd week the #1 record was "Best of My Love" by the Emotions.
  • Dave from Wheaton, IlTo Charles Clark of the Floaters. Jonathan Murray was listed as a member. Why didn't we hear from him on 'Float on'? Was it the album version he introduced himself on? Please let us know. Thanx!
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxI remember 'Bloat On.' It was accompanied by mass overdubbed burping sounds. It was a gas!
  • Charles from Farmjngton Mich, MiTo Marculus.
    Hey Marculus This is Charles of the Floater, Shuga is still around and doing well, you can Facebook me for more information ok that is Charles Clark winningsouls7@gmail or Charles at FaceBook, Look for my New CD Here I am Lord ok
  • Kristin from Bessemer, AlI remember this song from middle school, around 1977-1978 - me and all my friends at the time would say what our zodiac signs were, our names, and what kind of guy we were looking for, followed by the chorus of "Float On"-
  • Nick from Brighton, United KingdomI've never heard this song, but I know that it's referred to in a fabulous song by Liverpool-band Half Man Half Biscuit. The song is called 'National Sh*te Day' and includes a section between verses that goes "Float, float on, float, float on, Barry...Herpes", which I gather is a reference to the "Larry...Cancer" lyric from the original, but deliberately misinterpreted as to the disease rather than the star sign! Great stuff, give them a listen.
  • Miraculus from Sterling Heights, MiWhatever happened to the fabulus singer "Shuga" the group had with them in the late 80's on an album entitled "The Floaters & Shuga"? Anyone know out there holla-back.
  • Derek from Cambridge, New ZealandThe Barron Knights also did a parody of this in their 1978 song, A Kick Up The Eighties.
  • Alexis from Vacaville, Cafloat on is favorite song i ever heard
  • David from Lubbock, TxCheech & Chong did a parody of this called "Bloat on" by "The Bloaters" that was absolutely hilarious. Instead of introducing the singers, the Bloaters introduced themselves as food items, then elaborated like a stand up comic's routine.
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