Going in Circles

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"Going in Circles"
Going in Circles - single cover.jpg
Single by The Friends of Distinction
from the album Grazin'
A-side"Let Yourself Go"
ReleasedJuly 1969[1]
RecordedDecember 16, 1968[2] at RCA's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, California
GenreR&B, soul
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Jerry Peters, Anita Poree
Producer(s)John Florez, Ray Cork, Jr.
The Friends of Distinction singles chronology
"Grazing in the Grass"
"Going in Circles"
"Love or Let Me Be Lonely"

"Going in Circles" is a song written by Jerry Peters and Anita Poree, and originally performed by The Friends of Distinction on their 1969 album Grazin', reaching number 15 on the U.S. Hot 100, and number three on the R&B chart.[3] The song has since been covered numerous times by other artists, including Isaac Hayes and Luther Vandross. In addition, the song's co-composer, Jerry Peters released his own version of the tune on his 1972 solo album Blueprint for Discovery.

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Luther Vandross version[edit]

"Going in Circles"
Going in Circles - vandross.jpg
Single by Luther Vandross
from the album Songs
A-side"Love The One You're With"
ReleasedSeptember 1994
(U.S., UK)
FormatCD single, cassette single
GenreR&B, soul
LabelEpic Records
Songwriter(s)Jerry Peters, Anita Poree
Producer(s)Walter Afanasieff
Luther Vandross (co-producer)
Luther Vandross singles chronology
"Always and Forever"
"Going in Circles"
"Every Year, Every Christmas"

Several cover versions have been done; the most popularized version is R&B/soul singer Luther Vandross' cover. Vandross recorded a version that appears on his 1994 standards album Songs. In 1995, his cover version was released as the B-side single to "Love The One You're With". The song received heavy radio-rotation and became a top thirty hit on both Billboard's 'Hot R&B Singles' and 'Hot Adult Contemporary Songs'.[7]

Track list[edit]

US CD Single[8]
  1. "Going In Circles" (Radio Edit) - 4:00
  2. "Going In Circles" (Album Version) - 5:12
  3. "Going In Circles" (Instrumental) - 4:00
  4. "Love The One You're With" (Edit) - 3:43
  5. "Love The One You're With" (Remix Edit) - 3:59


Chart (1995) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 95
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles 28


  1. ^ "The Friends of Distinction - Let Yourself Go / Going In Circles". 45cat.com. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  2. ^ "The Friends Of Distinction - Grazing In The Grass / Going In Circles - RCA Gold Standard - USA - 447-0832". 45cat.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  3. ^ "The Friends of Distinction US singles archive". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top 40 Hits: 1955-2009. Record Research. p. 256.
  5. ^ "1969: The Top 100 Soul/R&B Singles". Rate Your Music. Archived from the original on 2016-11-12. Retrieved 2016-10-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1969/Top 100 Songs of 1969". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 597.
  8. ^ Vandross-"Going in Circles"/"Love The One You're With" - (US CD Single).discogs.com
  9. ^ Luther Vandross - Singles Chart history.Billboard.com