Spinning Wheel peaked at no 5 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 16 August 1969.
David Clayton-Thomas was quoted as describing the song as being “written in an age when psychedelic imagery was all over lyrics … it was my way of saying, ‘Don’t get too caught up, because everything comes full circle’.”
“Spinning Wheel” was written by vocalist David Clayton-Thomas, arranged by saxophonist Fred Lipsius, and produced by James William Guercio. In our 2015 interview with Clayton-Thomas, he explained: “I came up with the song just picking it away on a guitar when I found some chord changes I liked. As for the lyrics, everybody was getting so serious about ‘The Revolution’ and everything else in those days. It was just kind of a way to say, ‘Lighten up people. Take it easy. It’s all going to come full circle.’ And it did. Ten years later, we went from ‘The Revolution’ to Ronald Reagan.”
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