Song of the Day: The Floaters, “Float On”

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.

13 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Floaters, “Float On”

    1. After this week I won’t be featuring soul exclusively, but I’ll do it pretty frequently. The Floaters were a pretty short-lived group, when you consider so many had been around since the ’50’s.

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  1. Funny that I never heard this song nor am I familiar with the group. With that said, I always enjoyed these older groups and their precision movements. Too late now but seems they could have selected a less controversial name for the group.


    1. I don’t think they were thinking of anything controversial or gross when they named the group. I think they might have been thinking of this song when they named themselves.

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