(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher (2:58)

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“(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” is a classic R&B hit by Jackie Wilson from 1967 and - as “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher” - a soft rock hit for Rita Coolidge in 1977.

The backing track for “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” was recorded on 6 July 1967 at Columbia’s studios in Chicago. Produced by Carl Davis, the session - arranged by Sonny Sanders - featured bassist James Jamerson, drummer Richard “Pistol” Allen, guitarist Robert White , and keyboardist Johnny Griffith; these four musicians were all members of the Motown Records house band the Funk Brothers who often moonlighted on sessions for Davis to augment the meager wages paid by Motown. According to Carl Davis the Funk Brothers “used to come over on the weekends from Detroit. They’d load up in the van and come over to Chicago, and I would pay ‘em double scale, and I’d pay ‘em in cash.” Similarly two of Motown’s house session singers the Andantes: Jackie Hicks and Marlene Barrow along with Pat Lewis, performed on the session for “…Higher and Higher”.

Davis brought the track to New York City for Wilson to add his vocal; Davis recalls Wilson originally sang the song “like a soul ballad. I said that’s totally wrong. You have to jump and go with the percussion…if he didn’t want to sing it that way, I would put my voice on the record and sell millions”. After hearing Davis’ advisement Wilson cut the lead vocal for “…Higher and Higher” in a single take. [1]

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  • Prosody

    Great stereo recording too.

    27 Aug 3:24pm Reply
  • denniskonstanty

    No matter who is singin I still think of dancin toasters.

    2 Aug 5:56pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    22 Jul 3:55pm Reply
  • sdicky

    i love this song.

    12 Jun 3:50am Reply
  • nitty_look

    It is such a great track! I loooove it!

    11 Jun 7:21am Reply
  • benmalmesbury

    If I remember rightly there was an excellent claymation video for this song in the 80s. Little fella hanging from a washing line in his pants. Tssss!

    30 May 11:17pm Reply
  • a_mortal_man

    such a good song

    29 Apr 8:59pm Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    this is one of JW`s best...it`s still so timeless!!!

    14 Apr 8:37pm Reply
  • SignGuy

    Sigh. The Ghostbusters 2 version is not the Jackie Wilson classic, people. No offense to Howard Huntsberry, or the cheesy eighties' production ... Well, yeah, plenty of offense.

    20 Mar 2:22am Reply
  • Darya01

    CLASSIC yeahhhh!

    19 Mar 2:51pm Reply
  • coanta

    The song appears also at the final of movie Date Night(2010) with Tina Fey & Steve Carrell!

    16 Mar 9:50am Reply
  • noiresque

    Another person introduced by Ghostbusters signing in. Fantastic horns, especially in the verses.

    7 Mar 8:51pm Reply
  • granpubah

    this song my me happy and cry at the same time. My Mom's fav

    3 Mar 1:36am Reply
  • granpubah

    YEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 Mar 1:35am Reply
  • pepworth

    awesome song though, forgot to mention it

    27 Feb 12:49am Reply
  • pepworth

    when i first saw this on ghostbusters i thought it was a chick. tina turner or somthing.

    27 Feb 12:49am Reply
  • oakesy54

    Just love this tune, takes me back to 1987 when I was a young mod riding my scooter and dancing all night to top tunes..

    18 Feb 12:12pm Reply
  • silversurfer250

    MR. EXCITEMENT INDEED!

    4 Feb 6:51pm Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Just can't sit still...

    4 Feb 6:49pm Reply
  • LOSTINTIME63

    The great Jackie Wilson ....classic .

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
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