Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Paul Mitchell of The Floaters Has Died

Paul Mitchell of Detroit soul band The Floaters has passed away.

His daughter Paula posted to social media.

“My Pops Paul Mitchell made his transition today, And all I can think about is how grateful I am that we had time to mend our broken relationship after so many years.

Although he wasn’t a fully active parent in my life 1 thing I can say is he was proud that I was his daughter (“The First Lady”), and he let it be known every chance we spent with each other throughout the years.

My Pops was a legend, he and his band The Floaters were trendsetters, they made history and they made Detroit proud.

Today he earned his wings and he left his charming mark on the nurses that cared for him.

He had his struggles but he loved his children and family the best way he knew how.

No matter what he was going through he carried himself like the legend he was and commanded respect all while fighting his demons.

The Floaters were best known for the hit song ‘Float On’. ‘Float On’reached no 1 in the UK, no 2 in the USA and no 16 in Australia.

The song was so big that Cheech & Chong recorded a piss-take as The Bloaters and ‘Bloat On’.

Paul Mitchell formed The Floaters with his brother James Mitchell who wrote the song. Ralph Mitchell (no relation), Charles Clark and Larry Cunningham were also members of the group. Cunningham died in 2019.

The Floaters recorded four albums. The first one was their only hit (no 10 US, no 17 UK and no 28 Australia).