The R&B/soul group The Floaters had success with the single “Float On” in 1977.
In lyrics like “Aquarius and my name is Ralph / Now I prefer a woman who loves her independence,” the spoken verses blend two prominent fads at the time – star signs and video and phone dating. James Mitchell of The Detroit Emeralds group co-wrote the song. ABC Records is the label that released this 1977 single by The Floaters.
It was one of the year’s most popular songs, spending six weeks at the top of the Hot Soul Singles chart in the United States. It was taken from their self-titled first album. “Float On” was a global smash, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 behind Andy Gibb’s “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” and The Emotions’ “Best of My Love.”
The Floaters, on the other hand, became a one-hit wonder on the Hot 100 due to their lack of further singles. “Float On” also charted as number one in the United Kingdom and five in Ireland. Due to the song’s longevity, two hip-hop groups covered it: Stetsasonic on their album In Full Gear (1988) and Dream Warriors on their album The Master Plan (1996).
The second hip-hop song that covered “Float On” was made available as a single.