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"River Deep - Mountain High"
Single by Ike & Tina Turner
From the album River Deep - Mountain High
B-side "I'll Keep You Happy"
Single Released 1966
Single Format vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded 1965
Genre Pop/soul
Song Length 3:40
Record label Philles
132
Producer Phil Spector
Chart positions 88 (US), 6 (UK)
Ike & Tina Turner single chronology
"I Can't Believe What You Say (For Seeing What You Do)"
1964
"River Deep - Mountain High"
1966
" A Man Is a Man Is a Man" (non-US)
1966
Single by The Supremes & Four Tops
From the album The Magnificent Seven
B-side "Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music"
Single Released November 5, 1970
Single Format vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded April 22, May 7, May 8, May 11, and May 22, 1970
Genre Soul
Song Length 3:20 (LP mix is 4:53)
Record label Motown
M 1173
Producer Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
Chart positions 14 (US), 7 (R&B)
Supremes single chronology
"Stoned Love"
1970
"River Deep - Mountain High"
1970
"Nathan Jones"
1971
Four Tops single chronology
"Still Water (Love)"
1970
"River Deep - Mountain High"
1970
"In These Changing Times"
1971

"River Deep - Mountain High" is a 1966 single by Ike & Tina Turner. Considered by producer Phil Spector to be his best work, "River Deep - Mountain High" was commercially unsuccessful upon its original release. It was re-released in 1969, and has since become one of Tina Turner's signature songs. Image File history File links River Deep - Mountain High. Source: [1] This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... Tina Turner on the cover of her 1991 album Simply the Best Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939) is an African American R&B, pop, rock and soul singer, Buddhist and occasional actress probably best known for her scorching performances with the Ike and Tina Turner... 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Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) are a successful songwriting/production team, as well as being recording artists in their own right. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... 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Phil Spector Harvey Phillip Phil Spector (born December 26, 1940) is a highly influential record producer who turned out some of the best-known popular music of the 1960s and 1970s. ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...

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Original version

The single was among the first recordings that Ike & Tina Turner did for Phil Spector's Philles Records. Spector was aware of Ike Turner's controlling attitude in the studio, and resultantly drew up an unusual contract: the River Deep - Mountain High album and single would be credited to "Ike & Tina Turner", but Ike was not to be allowed in the studio, and only Tina Turner's vocals would be used on record. Philles Records was formed in 1961 by Phil Spector and Lester Still. ... Ike Turner (born Izear Luster Turner Jr. ... Tina Turner on the cover of her 1991 compilation album Simply the Best Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock in Brownsville (by the way of Nutbush), Tennessee, November 26, 1939) is an American R&B, pop, rock and soul singer, Buddhist and occasional actress. ...


The terms were agreed to, and Spector began recording the LP, brandishing his full "Wall of Sound" production technique to support Tina's strong voice. "River Deep - Mountain High" cost a then-unheard of USD 22,000, and required two dozen session musicians and background vocalists. Written by Spector, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich, "River Deep - Mountain High" compared a woman's love to the love that a child feels for a doll, or a puppy feels for his master. Tina Turner promises to "love [her man] just the way I loved that rag doll", and to love her man just like the puppy he had as a child did. Wall of Sound is a phrase used to describe the effect created by the music production techniques of legendary record producer Phil Spector. ... Jeff Barry (born Joel Adelberg, 1938, Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Ellie Greenwich (born 1940, Brooklyn, N.Y.) comprised one of the most prolific and successful Brill Building song writing and production teams in the early 1960s. ... Jeff Barry (born Jeffrey Adelberg, 1940, Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Ellie Greenwich (born 1940, Brooklyn, N.Y.) comprised one of the most prolific and successful Brill Building song writing and production teams in the early 1960s. ...


When the single and album were finally released, however, the public did not quite know what to make of it. "River Deep - Mountain High" was considered "too black for white radio, but too white for black radio". The single stalled out at #88 on the pop charts, effectively crushing Spector's spirit and causing him to shut the label down.


The single had better fortune in the UK, however, peaking at #3 in the singles charts on first release. It was only held off the #1 spot by singles from The Beatles and The Kinks.


Covers

"River Deep - Mountain High" was re-released in 1969 to a more receptive public, and since then has gained the recognition Spector wanted from the record. Several cover versions have been done, including some by Tina Turner herself without Ike Turner, a cover by Erasure, and a live cover by Celine Dion on the Late Show with David Letterman, which resulted in a studio versio nfor her Falling Into You album. The most successful cover was a 1970 duet between the post-Diana Ross Supremes and The Four Tops. Produced by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, the single was one of several recordings that paired the two Motown groups. The Supremes/Four Tops cover, included on the 1970 LP The Magnificent Seven, peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971, making it the highest-charting version of the song. Deep Purple did a cover version, which is included on The Best of Deep Purple LP. 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Vince Clarke and Andy Bell Erasure is a British synth pop duo band consisting of keyboardist Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell. ... C line Dion C line Marie Claudette Dion (born March 30, 1968) is a Quebec vocalist. ... The Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City. ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Diana Ross on the cover of her collection Diana Ross: The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross [1] on March 26, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan) is an African-American soul, R&B and pop singer and actress. ... Reissue album cover showing The Supremes in 1966. ... The Four Tops circa 1966. ... Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) are a successful songwriting/production team, as well as being recording artists in their own right. ... Motown Record Company, L.P., also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label specializing in the musical genres of R&B, pop, soul music, and hip-hop music. ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main U.S. singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ...


Pastiches

  • In his Discworld books Terry Pratchett mentions a version of "River Deep, Mountain High" sung by the dwarves as "cavern deep, mountain high". It is believed to be one of the more original pieces of traditional dwarwish music.

The Discworld is a series of over 30 novels by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (known to some fans as Pterry, following the convention he used in his book Pyramids where characters were given names such as Ptraci and Pteppic) is an English fantasy author (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Bucks), best known for his Discworld series. ... This page is about a mythological race. ...

Credits

Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich Phil Spector Harvey Phillip Phil Spector (born December 26, 1940) is a highly influential record producer who turned out some of the best-known popular music of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Jeff Barry (born Joel Adelberg, 1938, Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Ellie Greenwich (born 1940, Brooklyn, N.Y.) comprised one of the most prolific and successful Brill Building song writing and production teams in the early 1960s. ... Jeff Barry (born Jeffrey Adelberg, 1940, Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Ellie Greenwich (born 1940, Brooklyn, N.Y.) comprised one of the most prolific and successful Brill Building song writing and production teams in the early 1960s. ...


Ike & Tina Turner version

Tina Turner on the cover of her 1991 compilation album Simply the Best Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock in Brownsville (by the way of Nutbush), Tennessee, November 26, 1939) is an American R&B, pop, rock and soul singer, Buddhist and occasional actress. ... Phil Spector Harvey Phillip Phil Spector (born December 26, 1940) is a highly influential record producer who turned out some of the best-known popular music of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Jack Nitzsche Jack Nitzsche (1937-2000) was an integral presence in the history of popular music in the 20th century. ... Leon Russell Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges on April 2, 1942 in Lawton, Oklahoma) is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist. ... Barney Kessel (17 October 1923 - 6 May 2004) was an American jazz guitarist. ... Glen Campbell - Dec 2004 This article is about the singer. ...

Supremes/Four Tops version

Jean Terrell (born November 26, 1944 in Belzoni, Mississippi) is an African-American singer, best known for having replaced Diana Ross in the Supremes in 1970. ... Levi Stubbs (born Levi Stubbles, June 6, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan) is famous as the lead singer from Motown band The Four Tops. ... There have been several well-known people named Mary Wilson, including: Mary Wilson (poet) Mary Wilson (singer) (not to be confused with Mari Wilson and Meri Wilson, both singers) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Cindy Birdsong (born December 15, 1939 in Camden, New Jersey) was a member of Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles (1960_1967) and later, the Supremes (1967-1972, 1973_1976). ... Abdul Duke Fakir (born December 26, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan) is best known as a member of popular Motown act The Four Tops from 1953 to the present day. ... Lawrence Albert Payton (June 2, 1938 - June 20, 1997) was a tenor in the popular Motown quartet, The Four Tops. ... Obie Benson (third from left) and The Four Tops, on the cover for the UK single release of their 1967 hit Bernadette. Renaldo Obie Benson (June 14, 1936 - July 1, 2005) was an African-American soul and R&B singer and songwriter. ... Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) are a successful songwriting/production team, as well as being recording artists in their own right. ... The Funk Brothers were the house band at Detroits Motown Records from 1959 to 1972, when the company moved to Los Angeles. ...

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River Deep - Mountain High - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (670 words)
"River Deep - Mountain High" is a 1966 single by Ike and Tina Turner.
"River Deep - Mountain High" was re-released in 1969 to a more receptive public, and since then has gained the recognition Spector wanted from the record.
Deep Purple also did a cover version, which is included on The Best of Deep Purple LP.
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