The Floaters were a quintet out of Detroit, consisting of James Mitchell and his brother Paul, Larry Cunningham, Charles Clark, and Ralph Mitchell (no relation to the other Mitchells). James Mitchell wrote "Float On" with Arnold Ingram and Marvin Willis, but didn’t sing on the track. The full song runs over eleven minutes long; the single just under five minutes. It was a huge international hit when it came out, reaching #2 on the Hot 100, #1 on the R&B chart, #4 in Canada, #1 in the UK, #5 in Ireland, $2 in The Netherlands, and #1 in New Zealand in 1976. They were never able to duplicate their success, but stayed together until 1982.