the spinners

COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love?’

The song, “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love?” was originally recorded by The Spinners in 1972

Twins Melvin and Mervin Steals (b.1951), under the banner of ‘Mystro and Lyric’, wrote the song “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love?”, which was first recorded by American R&B group The Spinners for their third studio album, “Spinners”. The track was released as the third single in April 1972 and went to No.4 in America and No.11 in the UK.

The song has been covered numerous times since, the first major cover came from British singer Jaki Graham in 1985, this time as a duet with fellow British singer David Grant. They took their version to No.5 in the UK and No.60 on the US R&B chart. The recording is jointly their biggest and highest charting single to date.

Other recorded versions have come from Regina Belle, Boyz II Men and Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley. In 1994, British boy band Worlds Apart scored their first big hit with the song when it made No.15 in the UK, having previously reached the top 40 with a cover of “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel”.

But which version is the best? THE SPINNERS’ original, DAVID and JAKI’s duet or WORLDS APART’s cover?

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