The Spinners had their first taste of success in 1961 with "That's What Girls Are Made For
." In 1963, their label, Tri-Phi, was merged into Motown, where they languished, doing more menial tasks than recording. They had a decent-sized hit in 1970 with "It's A Shame
," produced and co-written by Stevie Wonder, but it wasn't enough to keep them around. With support from Aretha Franklin, they left Motown in 1972 and signed with Atlantic. Their first Atlantic sessions didn't go well, but when producer Thom Bell saw they were on the label, he asked to work with them - Bell remembered them from years earlier when they came through Philadelphia on tour. Under Bell's guidance, they found their groove, landing #1 R&B hits with "I'll Be Around
" and "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
." "One of a Kind (Love Affair)" was their next single, and it also topped the chart, making it three R&B #1s in a row.