Spinning Wheel: BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS

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 is on Blood, Sweat & Tears which entered the Kent album charts on 7 June 1969 and peaked at #4.

David Clayton-Thomas

James William Guercio

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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’.”
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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.”
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