McFadden & Whitehead

Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

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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."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Ten Years of #1 Hits 1975
Various Artists
Philadelphia International / EMI 7:01
McFadden & Whitehead 1979 The Right Stuff 7:02
The Disco Years, Vol. 2: On the Beat 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:40
Club Epic, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
Epic 7:00
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Capitol
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:37
No Image 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:38
Mighty Real Dance Classics 1995
Various Artists
Capitol 7:02
Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Box Set 1995
Various Artists
MCA 3:38
Soul Classics, Vol. 2 [Cema] 1995
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 20 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
DJ Disco Mix 1997
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:37
Phat Trax: The Best of Old School, Vol. 7 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 10:45
Boogie Nights [Original Soundtrack] 1997
Original Soundtrack
Capitol / EMI Records 3:40
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:41
Basketball's Greatest Hoop Hits 1998
Various Artists
Rhino
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:41
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Collection 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:43
Disco Box 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
Disco Mania [Platinum Disc] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:37
Disco Mania, Vol. 1-3 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 7:02
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 7:02
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Collector's Edition: Disco 1999
Various Artists
A M W Music 3:37
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1979 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Christmas Gift to You 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:43
Soul Session 1999
Various Artists
Ripete Records 3:33
Best Disco Album in the World...Ever!, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:33
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:42
Jumpin' Party Hits 2000
Various Artists
Laserlight 7:02
Smash Hits: Party Mix [Two Disc] 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 7:02
Polishin' Up Our Act 2000 WestSide / Philadelphia International 7:01
Greatest Hits of Philadelphia: 1976-1986 2000
Various Artists
Empire Music Group Inc. 3:38
WDAS 105.3FM: Classic Soul Hits, Vol. 5 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 10:40
Disco Freakout 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 3:24
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 4:25
70's Soul Classics 2001
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:37
80's Soul Weekender 2001
Various Artists
Import 3:34
The Sound of Philadelphia [Movie Play] 2001
Various Artists
Doubles (UK) 3:36
A Year in Your Life: 1979, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:42
I Love Disco [EMI] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:33
Soul Classics, Vol. 8 [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 10:40
Pure Groove: The Classics 2003
Various Artists
Telstar TV 3:34
Fitmix: Running 2003
Various Artists
Alliance Entertainment Special Prod / Medalist Entertainment 3:38
Let's Groove [Sony] 2003
Various Artists
Dmg Tv 3:35
Flares: Feel Good Funk 'N' Disco 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 3:36
Black Power: Music of a Revolution 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 7:01
70's Soul Sensations 2004
Various Artists
Music Club International Records 3:39
Great Men of Rock and Roll 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 3:39
Great Men of Rock & Roll: The 70s 2005
Various Artists
Collectables 3:39
Complete 80's Soul Weekender 2005
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:33
We Love the Nightlife: Get Up and Boogie 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:41
The Box Set Series: '70s Soul 2014
Various Artists
Legacy / Legacy Recordings 7:02
Bridget Jones's Baby [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2016
Original Soundtrack
Interscope / Polydor 3:37
100 Hits: The Best Seventies Album
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG 3:35
70's Songs
Various Artists
Crimson / Sony Music 3:35
No Image
Various Artists
Disky
No Image
Various Artists
Allegro