I’m Yobachi of BlackPerspective.net
I wanted to get in on SonDan’s ‘Motown Covering Motown’ theme, especially since I’ve been listening to a lot of great classic soul on YouTube lately – including some Motown stuff.
Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye came together to make several classic duets, one of those being ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’. Three years later Marvin’s label mate, Diana Ross, would remake it.
What’s most notable about this remake is that it is one of the rare occasions where the remake, in large part, is distinctly different in composition from the original, rather than just reinterpreted in the signing.
WikiPedia gives this history on the song:
“”Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is an R&B/soul song written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson in 1966. The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell for the Tamla (Motown) label. The song became a hit a second time in 1970, when a cover by fellow Motown artist Diana Ross became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.”
Nough talk, now for the music:
While we’re talking about Diana and Marvin, here’s her tribute to him when he died (also dedicated to Florence Ballard and Paul Williams)
For all the people we lost in 2007 – R.I.P. Grandma!
This is SonDan. Thank You Yobachi for you blog. I appreciate you efforts, but I would be remiss if I closed out this particular song topic with out interjecting that Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations also recorded this song *after* Marvin & Tammi, but *before* Diana Ross’ solo version.
Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
The album reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and marked the first on-record appearance of new Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards, who was brought in as David Ruffin’s replacement in July 1968. (WIKI)
Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
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