Legendary Michigan Songs

21.) (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher

Artist Name: Jackie Wilson
Year Inducted: 2008

"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher" (G. Jackson, R. Miner, C. Smith) - Jackie Wilson;  Brunswick label,  # 6 Billboard Hot 100, # 1 Billboard R&B - 1967.  Inducted in 2008.

In 1966, Jackie Wilson started recording with producer Carl Davis in Chicago. "Higher And Higher" was their second hit single together, and it served to end a nearly three-year slump on the charts for Jackie. 

The song was originally reorded by the Dells, but it was the perfect vehicle for Wilson's amazing vocal talents. Jackie's hit version was recorded with members of Motown's famous house band, the Funk Brothers.  Bassist James Jamerson, guitarist Robert White, keyboardist Johnny Griffith, and drummer "Pistol" Allen all played on "Higher And Higher".

The song spent 12 weeks on the Hot 100 in the summer and early fall of 1967. Although he would continue to chart records into the 1970's, "Higher And Higher" would be Jackie Wilson's last # 1 R&B hit single.  Jackie's original version of "Higher And Higher" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

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