Mighty Love

Album: Mighty Love (1973)
Charted: 20
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Songfacts®:

  • Few are fortunate enough to sustain a fairy-tale love story. This song begins by setting the scene of a boy and girl who think they will be together forever, but split up when they get older. Because, as Janet Jackson says, that's the way love goes.

    But all is not lost. A mighty love is out there somewhere, and it's powerful stuff. You just have to keep looking.
  • "Mighty Love" was written by a trio of songwriters Spinners producer Thom Bell teamed up to create the song: Joseph B. Jefferson, Bruce Hawes, and Charles Simmons. Jefferson had written an earlier Spinners hit, "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)." He and Jefferson later teamed on another: "(They Just Can't Stop It The) Games People Play."
  • Bobbie Smith and Philippé Wynne split the lead vocals on this one, with Smith opening the song. Wynne joined the band in 1972 when the group moved from Motown to Atlantic Records, joining the four original Spinners that were there since the band formed in 1955. Wynne was a valuable addition, taking the lead on many of their hits. He left the group in 1977 to go solo, but couldn't replicate his Spinners success. You can hear him on the Funkadelic track "(Not Just) Knee Deep."
  • The group was spinning gold around this time. "Mighty Love" was the fourth in a string of six #1 R&B hits, all produced by Thom Bell, who backed them with MFSB, the mighty house band at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia.
  • The album version runs 4:58. The single was split into two parts, with the A-side (part 1) running 3:14, and the B-side (part 2) running 2:37. Part 2 is mostly Philippé Wynne testifying to his mighty love as the song vamps out. He would play up this part in concert, letting the spirit move him.

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