Herb Alpert signed Gino Vannelli to A&M Records after hearing a demo tape in 1973. Alpert produced Vannelli's first A&M album. Alpert told Billboard, "I feel that Gino's music is original, distinctive and very, very musical and that's just what I look for in an artist."
In 1974, the single "People Gotta Move" started as an album cut picked up on CKGM in Montreal, Canada. Listener interest was so strong that A&M released it as a single. Within ten days, it was on radio in a dozen of Canada's major cities and was one of the fastest-breaking singles in the country. At the time, Vannelli was touring in both the U.S. and Canada. A&M Records Canada threw a champagne reception for 300 press, radio, rack jobbers and retailers during Vannelli's appearance in Toronto. For the rest of Vannelli's stay at the Kego Club, he enjoyed capacity crowds.
- Vannelli Tour with Minnelli. Billboard, July 1974.
- Vannelli Making Big Waves. Martin Melhuish. Billboard, August 3, 1974.