The Spinners, from Detroit, spent nine years at Motown watching groups like The Temptations and The Four Tops land hit after hit while they stayed on the sidelines, releasing just two albums during this time. They left for Atlantic Records in 1972, and spun gold in their first sessions with producer Thom Bell, which resulted in "How Could I Let You Get Away
," "I'll Be Around," and "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love." Atlantic insisted that "How Could I Let You Get Away" be the first single, as it was the kind of slow, yearning song Thom Bell was known for as producer of The Stylistics. It was just a minor hit, but Bell's choice, "I'll Be Around," was huge, giving them their first #1 on the R&B chart. "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" was released next and also topped the chart. After nearly a decade of frustration at Motown, The Spinners were off an running. They became one of the most popular vocal groups of the '70s.