Jackie Wilson Higher and Higher

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Jackie Wilson Higher and Higher

Jackie Wilson Higher and Higher

Chicago Soul Music

Sock it to me.  The song had a convoluted history in going through some iterations with writers and artists, as it was originally written for The Dells. However,  the big hit was with Jackie Wilson in 1967. It was credited to Gary Jackson and Carl Smith, with Carl Davis as the producer. The arrangement was by Sonny Sanders. The Instrumentalists were from the infamous Motown Records session musicians The Funk Brothers. This included James Jamerson (bass), Richard “Pistol” Allen (drums), “Robert White (guitar), and Johnny Griffith (keyboard). Background vocals were from two of the Motown session singers The Andantes, that is, Jackie Hicks and Marlene Barrow, as well as Pat Lewis. In 1967, Wilson’s recording went to #1 on the U.S. R&B chart, #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In the U.K., the single was a hit in 1969, 1975, and 1987.

There are have been version of the song by The Dells, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and Rita Coolidge, among others.

Jack Leroy “Jackie”  Wilson, Jr., was born in Detroit on June 9, 1934. Wilson had more than 50 hit singles in many genres, including R&B, rock and roll, pop, and soul.  His musical pioneering and dynamic performing style influenced generations of artists. Wilson combined a beautiful, clear voice with his own style of athletic dance moves and always gave an incredible performance, which made him  known as “Mr. Excitement.” On September 29, 1975, while singing “Lonely Teardrops” at Dick Clark’s Gold Ol’ Rock and Roll Revue in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Jackie Wilson had a heart attack and collapsed on stage. He was in a coma and then a semi-comatose state for many years, until his death in 1984.

Here are the lyrics to (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson.

Your love, lifting me higher
Than I’ve ever been lifted before
So keep it up
Quench my desire
And I’ll be at your side, forever more

You know your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)
Higher (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on (love keeps lifting me)
Lifting me (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
Now listen

Now once I was down hearted
Disappointment, was my closest friend
But then you came and it soon departed
And you know he never
Showed his face again

That’s why your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)
Higher (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on (love keeps lifting me)
Lifting me (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)

I’m so glad I’ve finally found you
Yes that one in a million girls
And I whip my loving arms around you
I can stand up and face the world

Let me tell ya, your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)
Higher (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on (love keeps lifting me)
Lifting me (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)

Now sock it to me
Hold me … the other woman
Keep my love going
Higher and higher
I said keep on lifting
Lift me up mama
Keep on lifting me
Higher and higher

If you are interested in other songs by Jackie Wilson: “Night,” “Baby Workout,” and “Danny Boy.”

Check Out The Groove Pad for More 1960s Music

The Pass the Paisley Groove Pad is a resting stop, a place to chill out and listen to the featured song on the stereo. If the mood strikes you, click on the juke box to access and listen to the 50+ free online songs there. The TV has several channels, with selections updated twice a week. Every now and then, Pass the Paisley hosts an all-request of 1960s and 1970s songs for a Be-In at the juke box in the Groove Pad. Keep on truckin’. Hope you enjoyed “(You’re Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson.

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