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Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Postby humboldt » Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:20 pm

According to the 'bible' aka Paul Howes book Dusty always maintained that as soon as Ashford & Simpson played her 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' that she wanted to record it. A&S refused as they needed to give it to a Motown artist. What it does not say is when & where did this happen? Does anyone know the answer? It's a question that I have just been asked. Thanks.
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Re: Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Postby Douggie » Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:05 am

humboldt wrote:According to the 'bible' aka Paul Howes book Dusty always maintained that as soon as Ashford & Simpson played her 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' that she wanted to record it. A&S refused as they needed to give it to a Motown artist. What it does not say is when & where did this happen? Does anyone know the answer? It's a question that I have just been asked. Thanks.


This is from Wikipedia:-

The song was written by Ashford and Simpson prior to joining Motown. British soul singer Dusty Springfield wanted to record the song but the duo declined, hoping it would give them access to the Detroit-based label. As Valerie Simpson later recalled, "We played that song for her (Springfield) but wouldn't give it to her, because we wanted to hold that back. We felt like that could be our entry to Motown. Nick called it the 'golden egg'."[1] Dusty recorded a similar verse melody in 'I'm Gonna Leave You' on Dusty.

The original 1967 version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" was a top twenty hit. According to record producers, Terrell was a little nervous and intimidated during recording because she did not rehearse the lyrics. Terrell recorded her vocals alone with producers Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol, who added Gaye's vocal at a later date.[2] "Ain't No Mountain" peaked at number nineteen on the Billboard pop charts, and went to number three on the R&B charts.[3]

This original version of "Ain't No Mountain", produced by Fuqua and Bristol, was a care-free, danceable, and romantic love song that became the signature duet between Gaye and Terrell. Its success led to a string of more Ashford/Simpson penned duets (including "You're All I Need to Get By", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", and "Your Precious Love").

The Gaye/Terrell version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, and is regarded today as one of the most important records ever released by Motown.

I would say that Dusty would have heard this in 1966 as she use to fly to New York looking for material to record. I know she went over many times always looking for good songs..

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Re: Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Postby humboldt » Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:01 pm

Thanks Douggie, that seems like a possible scenario. M&T finished recording 'Mountain' on 1st Feb '67. So Dusty must have heard the demo in the last quarter of '66.
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