Australian singles charts:
Spinning Wheel entered the Kent charts on 28 June 1969 and peaked at # 5. The song was #61 on the Top 100 of 1969.
The song was on Blood, Sweat & Tears which entered the Kent album charts on 7 June 1969 and peaked at #4.
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’.”
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinning_Wheel_(song)
Spinning Wheel was written by vocalist David Clayton-Thomas, arranged by saxophonist Fred Lipsius, and produced by James William Guercio. In a Songfacts interview with Clayton-Thomas in 2015, 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.”
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/blood-sweat-tears/spinning-wheel
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