Re: [midkar] Higher And Higher - Jackie Wilson (Seq. Gary Rogers)(Revised)
- Another super sequence, Gary. Kudos!
On 4/11/2012 9:12 PM, Gary Rogers wrote:(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And HigherWords and Music by:Gary Jackson, Carl Smithand Raynard MinerRecorded by:Jackie Wilson (1967)
The original songwriting credit for "...Higher and Higher" was to Gary Jackson and Carl Smith who'd previously been house songwriters at Chess Records.
When "...Higher and Higher" reached the Top Ten, Chess songwriters Billy Davis and Raynard Miner sued claiming the song as their composition which Jackson
or Smith had appropriated from Miner's briefcase while at Chess Records; Davis and Miner alleged Jackson and Smith had slightly amended the lyrics and then
presented "...Higher and Higher" to Davis as their own work. Davis and Miner were awarded eighty percent of the songwriting royalties with Jackson and Smith
retaining twenty percent.
Released in August 1967, "...Higher and Higher" reached #1 R&B and in November peaked on the Pop charts at #6.
In the UK Wilson's "...Higher and Higher" would be a hit in 1969 (#11), 1975 (#25), and 1987 (#15).
The single's sales have been estimated as high as four million.
Columbia Records released a Higher and Higher album in November 1967: its chart peak was #163 (#28 R&B).