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The Floaters
OriginDetroit, Michigan
GenresSmooth R&B
Years active1976-1982
LabelsABC (1976-78)
MCA (1979-80)
Associated actsThe Detroit Emeralds
Past membersJames Mitchell
Paul Mitchell
Larry Cunningham
Charles Clark
Ralph Mitchell

The Floaters were an American R&B vocal group, from the Sojourner Truth housing projects in Detroit, Michigan, that formed in 1976. The group are best known for their 1977 song "Float On", which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, and No. 5 on the Irish Singles Chart.

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The band was formed by the former Detroit Emeralds' singer James Mitchell, with his brother Paul Mitchell, Larry Cunningham, Charles Clark, and the unrelated Ralph Mitchell. Most of The Floaters were from Northeast Detroit, bordering Hamtramck on Detroit's Eastside.

James Mitchell wrote the band's one major hit, "Float On", with Arnold Ingram and Marvin Willis. The lyrics spotlight each member of the band, who introduced themselves with their name, astrological sign, and ideal type of romantic partner.[1] The song was produced by Woody Wilson. It became a worldwide hit in 1977 on ABC Records, reaching No. 1 on the US R&B chart, No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart (for a single week in August that year).[2]

Follow-ups such as "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" (No. 28 Billboard R&B chart) were not as successful. The group continued to record, releasing four studio albums over the next few years.

A new recording of the song "Float On" was recorded in 2001 for the album Still Standing by the group Full Force[1] and Cheech and Chong did a take-off of the song called "Bloat On". The rap group Stetsasonic also did a cover of the song on In Full Gear (1988). The characters from Sesame Street, Northern Calloway (David), Bob McGrath (Bob), Gordon (Roscoe Orman) and Luis (Emilio Delgado) did a parody of the song called "Gimmie Five".

This song was also sampled by Canadian hip-hop recording duo Dream Warriors, in their song of the same name.

Larry Cunningham (born on June 23, 1951) died on January 10, 2019, at the age of 67.[3][4]


Studio albums

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Record label
1977 Floaters 10 1 28 49 15 36 17 ABC
1978 Magic 131 27
1979 Float into the Future MCA
1981 Get Ready for the Floaters & Shu-Ga Fee / WP
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums

  • Float On: The Best of the Floaters (1998, Half Moon)


Year Single Peak chart positions Album

1976 "I Am So Glad I Took My Time" Floaters
1977 "Float On" 2 1 16 4 5 2 1 1
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" 28
1978 "I Just Want to Be with You" 36 Magic
"The Time Is Now"
1979 "Levitation" Float into the Future
1981 "For Your Love" Get Ready for the Floaters & Shu-Ga
"Get Ready"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

See also


  1. ^ a b biography
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 206. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "The Floaters Singer Larry Cunningham Dies". Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Obituary Larry Cunningham". Dignity Memorial. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d "US Charts > The Floaters". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  6. ^ a b David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ a b "CAN Charts > The Floaters". RPM. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  8. ^ a b "NL Charts > The Floaters". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  9. ^ a b "NZ Charts > The Floaters". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  10. ^ a b "UK Charts > The Floaters". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  11. ^ "US Certifications > The Floaters". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  12. ^ "IRE Charts Search > Floaters". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 2017-04-22.

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