Jackie Wilson

(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher

Composed by Carl Smith / Gary Jackson / Raynard Miner

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"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" put Jackie Wilson back at the top of the charts. Teamed with Chicago soul producer Carl Davis and members of Motown studio band the Funk Brothers, the combination would give Wilson several hits. The song had originally been recorded by the Dells on one of their albums. The session for Wilson's version took place on July 7, 1967, at Columbia's Chicago recording studio with bassist James Jamerson, drummer Richard "Pistol" Allen, guitaristRobert White, and keyboardist Johnny Griffith. The track is a perfect marriage of song and singer with Wilson relishing every lyric. Written by Raynard Miner, Carl Smith, Gary Jackson, and Chess A&R head Billy Davis and arranged by Sonny Sanders, "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" went to number one R&B and number six pop in the fall of 1967. Billy Davis, under the pseudonym Tyran Carlo, had co-written with Berry Gordy such earlier Wilson hits as "Reet Petite," "To Be Loved," and "Lonely Teardrops."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Higher and Higher 1967 Brunswick 3:01
I Get the Sweetest Feeling 1968 Brunswick
The Greatest Hits of Jackie Wilson 1969 Brunswick 2:57
No Image 1975
Various Artists
Sessions Records
Reet Petite [Ace] 1985 GDC/ZYX 5:26
No Image 1986 Rhino
Baby Boomer Classics: Dance Sixties 1988
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:58
Classic Rock: 1967 1988
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:58
Greatest Movie Rock Hits 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
Rhythm & Blues: 1967 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Mr. Excitement 1992 Rhino
The Very Best of Jackie Wilson [Ace] 1993 Ace 2:57
60's Sound Explosion 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:00
The Very Best of Jackie Wilson [Rhino] 1994 Rhino 2:58
Midnight Soul [MCI] 1994
Various Artists
MCI 2:54
Super Hits of the Sixties [Disc 3] 1994
Various Artists
L & D
The Story of Soul Music 1995
Various Artists
Friedman Fairgfax 2:57
Operation Dumbo Drop 1995
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 2:57
Super Box of Soul, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:58
Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Box Set 1995
Various Artists
Interscope / MCA 2:58
The Jackie Wilson Story: The Chicago Years, Vol. 1 1995 Charly Records 2:54
The Brunswick Years, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Brunswick 2:57
R&B Crossover Oldies, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:59
Only Rock 'N Roll 1965-1969: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:53
Leading Men, Vol. 3: Masters of Style 1996
Various Artists
Polygram
Higher and Higher [Charly] 1997 Charly Records 2:54
Wedding Album [Double Gold] 1997
Various Artists
Double Gold 4:54
Tell It Like It Is: #1 60's Soul Hits, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Relativity 2:55
Heart & Soul 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:53
Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 60s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records / Priority 2:53
No Image 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Simon Birch 1998
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 2:57
Esquire Soul Classics 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:58
60's Generation 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Titan of Soul 1998 Demon Records / Demon 3:00
Masters 1998 Eagle Rock 2:56
The Best Sixties Album in the World...Ever! [1998] 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:58
Whispers/Higher & Higher 1999 Diablo (UK) 2:56
Most Beautiful Melodies of the Century: Just the Way 1999
Various Artists
Inspired Distribution 2:59
The Soul Years 1966-1975 1999 Brunswick 2:58
Sweetest Feelin': The Very Best of Jackie Wilson 1999 MCI / Music Club International Records 2:56
Soul [Book & CD] 1999
Various Artists
Friedman Fairgfax 2:57
The Bachelor 1999
Original Soundtrack
RCA Victor 3:01
The  Jackie Wilson Story [Double Gold] 2000 Double Gold 2:57
Millennium Soul Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:59
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:59
Soul Greats 2000
Various Artists
Goldies 2:56
Wedding Bells & Other Popular Wedding Songs 2001
Various Artists
Goldies 2:56
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 3: 1966-1969 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:52
I Love Beach Music, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Ripete Records 3:02
The Blues & Soul, Vol. 1: 1966-1969 2002
Various Artists
Connoisseur 2:54
The Sound of Motortown Detroit 2002
Various Artists
Goldies 2:56
20 Greatest Hits 2002 Brunswick 3:00
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:59
The Story of Brunswick: The Classic Sound of Chicago Soul 2002
Various Artists
Rerooted 2:59
Red, White & Rock 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:00
R&B Soul Classics 2002
Various Artists
Repertoire
Twogether Soul 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:59
The Best of Jackie Wilson, Vol. 2 1966-1975 [Collectables] 2003 Collectables
The Incredible Soul Collection 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 3:00
The Ultimate Soul Collection, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:55
Anthology 2004 Brunswick Record Corporation
Capital Gold Soul Legends 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:55
Standing in the Shadows of Motown: Deluxe Edition 2004
Original Soundtrack
Hip-O 2:59
Pure Soul [Crimson] 2004
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:56
Best Sixties Party 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:57
Happy Songs [Virgin 2005] 2005
Various Artists
Virgin 2:58
Absolute Soul Classics 2005
Various Artists
Eva 2:56
People Get Ready: 24 Soul Legends 2006
Various Artists
Wonderful Music 2:56
The History of Jackie Wilson, Vol. 3: The Chicago Soul of Jackie Wilson 2006 Edsel
That's Soul [Golden Stars] 2006
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:55
The Soul Story, Vol. 4 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:52
Soul Story Infomercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:52
Sweet Soul Music: 1967 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:58
101 Running Songs, Lap 2 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:58
A Groovy Kind of Love 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:56
Greatest Ever! Sixties Pop 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 2:59
Original Soul Classics 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:56
No Image Bru Records
Northern Soul: 75 Original Classic Tracks
Various Artists
Rhino 2:55
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