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Re: [midkar] Higher And Higher - Jackie Wilson (Seq. Gary Rogers)(Revised)

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  • okieduke
    Another super sequence, Gary. Kudos! Okie
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 11, 2012
      Another super sequence, Gary.  Kudos!


      On 4/11/2012 9:12 PM, Gary Rogers wrote:

      (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
      Words and Music by:
      Gary Jackson, Carl Smith
      and Raynard Miner
      Recorded by:
      Jackie Wilson (1967)

      "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" is a R&B song originally performed by Jackie Wilson in 1967 and covered by Rita Coolidge in 1977.

      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).

      The track was ranked #246 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.


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