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“Could It Be I'm Falling in Love”

The Spinners | 1972

Vibes, strings, horns, and the Spinners' gossamer vocals swelled together for one of the biggest early-'70s Philadelphia soul hits on "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," paced by an exuberant chorus reflecting the giddiness of a new love affair. As producer Thom Bell remembered in the liner notes to The Chrome Collection, he rearranged it from the slow ballad he heard on the demo. Phillippé Wynne's vocal at the end, Bell pointed out, "turned it into a whole new song. And he ad-libbed the whole thing once."

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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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