Tuesday, July 30, 2013

95 More Songs of Summer - "Higher and Higher"

Today we'll play a little game of "which one of these things is not like the other?," even though there's only two of them.

As fate would have it, "(Your Love Is Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" hit the charts twice, exactly ten years apart.  The original, as performed here by Jackie Wilson:

And the remake, by Rita Coolidge:

Every now and then, one of these remakes actually works - "Handy Man" by James Taylor comes to mind - but for the most part, they don't make a lot of sense.  Ms. Coolidge's version was a Top 5 hit during the summer of 1977, but it doesn't hold a candle to the original version which hit the charts a decade earlier. 
"Higher and Higher," by Jackie Wilson and Rita Coolidge, from the summers of 1967 and 1977.

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