BLACK MUSIC MONTH SPOTLIGHT: The Spinners, WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU

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WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU

The holiday season of 1979 was in full swing when Detroit legends the Spinners released their version of the Four Seasons' 1966 classic, "Working My Way Back to You," in December of that year. 

The Spinners retooled the tune with a symphonic disco-funk groove, and the interpolation of Michael Zager's "Forgive Me Girl." Showcasing the booming bass vocals of singer Pervis Jackson, the energetic track was a hit on the holiday airwaves across pop and R&B stations.

As the track rang up those radio spins, "Working My Way Back to You" danced up the charts to peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the weeks of March 29, 1980, and April 5, 1980. The song that kept the Spinners from #1? Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)." Over on the Hot R&B Songs chart, the tune hit #6 over the week of March 22, 1980. The #1 song on the chart that week: The Whispers with "And the Beat Goes On."