Add to the list of timeless message songs, which would include Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come," Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions' "Keep on Pushing," Otis Redding's "Respect," and Isley Jasper Isley's "Caravan of Love," McFadden and Whitehead's "Aint No Stoppin' Us Now." Gene McFadden and John Whitehead sang together in the Episilons who toured with Redding and for a time shared the label roster with him when they were signed by Stax Records. When Whitehead began working for Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records label, he and McFadden began writing songs together. Their first big hit was the O'Jays' million-selling single "Backstabbers," co-written with PIR co-founder Leon Huff. After writing and producing hits for other acts on the PIR roster, McFadden and Whitehead wanted to become a recording duo. Gamble & Huff were not so thrilled by the idea, but relented with the challenge, "we respect you as [song]writers, we'll let you record one track and see do you have what it takes to be recording artists." Given the OK, the two said "aint no stoppin' us now!" as they headed into Joe Tarsia's Sigma Sound Studios. Besides arranger Jack Faith, the session listed bassist James Williams, drummer Keith Benson, Jerry Cohen on keyboards, strings/horns leader Don Renaldo, background singers Evette Benson, Barbara Ingram, Yvette Benson (aka the Sweethearts of Sigma), and guitarists Bobby Eli and Dennis Harris. Co-written and co-produced by McFadden, Whitehead, and Cohen, "Aint No Stoppin' Us Now" went platinum, selling over two million copies while hitting number one R&B and number 13 pop in spring 1979. The song became a sporting event standard used in both countless amateur and pro games. Also on their gold debut album, McFadden & Whitehead (number five R&B, number 23 pop), was the magnificent Philly Soul ballad "I've Been Pushed Aside."