Category: they just can’t stop it the (games people play)

On this day in music history: August 6, 1975 -…

On this day in music history: August 6, 1975 – “(They Just Can’t Stop It The) Games People Play” by The Spinners is released. Written by Joseph B. Jefferson, Bruce Hawes and Charles Simmons, it is the fourth R&B chart topper for the Detroit, MI based R&B vocal group. The song is penned by Joseph B. Jefferson who has previously written chart topping hits for The Spinners including “One Of A Kind (Love Affair)” and with co-writers Bruce Hawes and Charles Simmons they have written “Mighty Love” together. When arranging the song, producer Thom Bell incorporates the sounds of Tin Pan Alley era pop songs, and the vocal stylings of groups like The Mills Brothers and The Ink Spots, putting them into a contemporary musical backdrop. This is most noticeable when Bell has bass singer Pervis Jackson singing counterpart to lead singer Bobbie Smith, during certain parts of the song. The track also features background vocalist Barbara Ingram of “The Sweethearts Of Sigma”. Issued as the first single from the groups sixth album “Pick Of The Litter”, The single is initially titled just “Games People Play”, but the title is amended to avoid confusion with the Joe South song of the same name. The track which runs nearly five minutes on the album is edited down to under three and a half minutes, by excising one verse, chorus and a piano solo in the latter half. “Games People Play” hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart on October 18, 1975, #5 on the Hot 100 on October 25, 1975, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.