Jackie Wilson: Behind The Hits

“(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher” was orginally recorded by The Dells.

Jackie Wilson recorded his version in Chicago with members of the Motown house band, The Funk Brothers. The musicians who were responsible for that distinctive Motown sound, didn’t make much money, so they took on side gigs playing other artists, like Jackie Wilson.

During a 1975 benefit concert, he collapsed on-stage from a heart attack and subsequently fell into a coma that persisted for nearly nine years until his death in 1984.

By this time, he had become one of the most influential artists of his generation.

Rita Coolidge recorded a much slower version in 1977 and the title was amended slightly to “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher.”

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