50 Years of Hits –1983

Here is a hit from 1983.

“Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye

One of My Favorite Songs

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967. The song was written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966.

I’m not sure why I love this song so much? Don’t even remember how old I was when I first heard the song? The older I have gotten, the more I appreciate the songs from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

From Wikipedia, I found out that the instrumentation was by The Funk Brothers and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. And I am fascinated by The Funk Brothers after watching the Paul Justman’s 2002 documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

The Funk Brothers were a group of Detroit-based session musicians who performed the backing to most Motown recordings from 1959 until the company moved to Los Angeles in 1972. They are considered one of the most successful groups of studio musicians in music history. The Funk Brothers played on Motown hits such as “My Girl“, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine“, “Baby Love“, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours“, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone“, “The Tears of a Clown“, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough“, and “Heat Wave“. (From Wikipedia.com)

If you are anything like me, you had no idea who The Funk Brothers were and who important they were to the Motown sound. Here are some of the songs that they played on:

  • “My Girl” – The Temptations
  • “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” – The Four Tops
  • “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye
  • “I Can’t Get Next to You” – The Temptations
  • “Someday We’ll Be Together” – Diana Ross and the Supremes
  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Diana Ross
  • “The Tears of a Clown” – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  • “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” – The Temptations
  • “Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
  • “Shop Around” – The Miracles
  • “Shotgun” – Junior Walker & the All Stars
  • “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • “(I’m a) Road Runner” – Junior Walker & the All Stars
  • “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” – The Temptations
  • “It’s the Same Old Song” – The Four Tops
  • “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” – The Miracles
  • “Standing in the Shadows of Love” – The Four Tops
  • “Dancing in the Street” – Martha & the Vandellas
  • “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” – Marvin Gaye
  • “Cloud Nine” – The Temptations
  • “What’s Goin’ On” – Marvin Gaye
  • “Get Ready” – The Temptations
  • “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” – Stevie Wonder
  • “Bernadette” – The Four Tops
  • “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)” – The Isley Brothers
  • “Mickey’s Monkey” – The Miracles

I have the special on my DVR and I have watched it several times. It’s my go to show to watch when the satellite dish is out. Ever time I watch it, I get goose bumps, shed a tear or two and sing to all the songs they play on the show. If you have not seen this documentary and you are a fan of Motown, you really need to watch it.

Here are the lyrics, just in case you don’t know the words to the song.

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Listen baby, ain’t no mountain high,
Ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough baby
If you need me call me no matter where you are,
No matter how far; don’t worry baby
Just call my name; I’ll be there in a hurry
You don’t have to worry,

Oh baby there ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Remember the day I set you free
I told you you could always count on me darling
From that day on, I made a vow,
I’ll be there when you want me,
Some way, some how

Oh baby there ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Oh no darling
No wind, no rain
Or winters cold can stop me baby, na na baby
‘Cause you are my goal
If you’re ever in trouble;
I’ll be there on the double
Just send for me, oh baby, ha

My love is alive
Way down in my heart
Although we are miles apart
If you ever need a helping hand,
I’ll be there on the double
Just as fast as I can
Don’t you know that there

Ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Don’tcha know that there
Ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
Ain’t mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough

Read more: Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Side Note:

Other links to check out:


The Count:

While I was writing this post, I have listen/watched the video 14 times. My favorite part of the video is at 1:16.

Dancing with the Stars — The All-Stars — Week 1

Dancing with the Stars — The All-Stars

Dancing with the Stars — All-Stars

OK, I watched most of the show tonight (in between SyFy‘s Alphas and Warehouse 13.)

It looks like it’s going to be a good season. The stars seem to be taking it more serious than they might have when they were on it the first time.

So here are my picks now that I have seen the show:

The best of the nightGilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd

He’s is just too sexy for his own good! He seems like a good guy, with his family in the audience. I hope he wins this season.

Peta Murgatroyd and Gilles Marini

The not-so-best of the nightPamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus

As much as I want Tristen to win, he got stuck with Pamela Anderson. I think they might be the first to be voted off.

Tristan MacManus and Pamela Anderson

Best song(s) of the night — there were a couple of them on tonight’s show I liked.

Tomorrow night’s show will be good. Anytime Pitbull is singing and dancing is a good thing. All I know, if Pitbulss sings with Justin Bieber… arrg!

I’m looking forward to next week’s show. I am going to have to set my DVR to record the other shows I like to watch on Monday night so I won’t miss anything.

Side Note:

Have you ever heard of the website/App called Get Glued? It’s another social media site where people with similar interests can talk about a TV show, movie, music or current topic.

I had fun going back and forth with fans of the show. You should check it out.

Other sites: Official website of U.S Dancing with the Stars

All-Star Teams

(For more information on the teams, go to http://abc.tv/U3L5Su)

List — Top 100 Love Songs for Weddings

No, I’m not getting married. But my latest “hobby” is making list of music to put on my iPod. Here is one of the lists that I have been working on. You never know when somebody will need a list of love songs for their wedding. I always like to be prepared. Top 100 Love Songs for Weddings

# Song Title Year Artist
1 Let’s Get It On 1973 Marvin Gaye
2 The Rose 1980 Bette Midler
3 Love Me Tender 1956 Elvis Presley
4 Thank You 1999 Dido
5 More Than Words 1990 Extreme
6 Building A Mystery 1997 Sarah McLachlan
7 It’s Only Love 1977 The Beatles
8 Let’s Stay Together 1972 Al Green
9 You’re The First, The Last, My Everything 1975 Barry White
10 I’ll Be There 1970 The Jackson 5
11 Nothing Compares 2 U 1990 Sinead O’Connor
12 I Got You Babe 1965 Sonny & Cher
13 Wicked Game 1989 Chris Isaak
14 Wonderful Tonight 1978 Eric Clapton
15 Faithfully – 1983 Journey 1964 The Beatles
16. And I Love Her – 1964 The Beatles And I Love Her 1979 Cheap Trick
17. I Want You To Want Me 1984 George Michael/Wham!
18. Careless Whisper 1971 The Carpenters
19. Superstar 1971 The Carpenters
20. I Will Always Love You 1992 Whitney Houston
21. Endless Love 1981 Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
22. I Would Die 4 U 1984 Prince
23. Always 1987 Atlantic Starr
24. That’s The Way Love Goes 1993 Janet Jackson
25. Maybe I’m Amazed 1970 Paul McCartney
26. P.S. I Love You 1964 The Beatles
27. Alison 1977 Elvis Costello
28. Your Song 1971 Elton John
29. Wild Thing 1966 The Troggs
30. Feelings 1975 Morris Albert
31. Fallin’ 2001 Alicia Keys
32. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 1981 The Police
33. I’ll Make Love To You 1994 Boyz II Men
34. Time After Time 1984 Cyndi Lauper
35. This Boy 1964 The Beatles
36. Best Of My Love 1977 The Emotions
37. She’s Got A Way 1971 Billy Joel
38. I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) 1993 Meat Loaf
39. Three Times A Lady 1978 The Commodores
40. It Must Have Been Love 1986 Roxette
41. I Just Want To Be Your Everything 1977 Andy Gibb
42. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 1972 Roberta Flack
43. Nobody Wants To Be Lonely 2000 Ricky Martin
44. Unchained Melody 1965 The Righteous Brothers
45. I Need Love 1987 LL Cool J
46. Love To Love You Baby 1976 Donna Summer
47. I Want To Know What Love Is 1985 Foreigner
48. My Heart Will Go On 1997 Celine Dion
49. Eternal Flame 1988 The Bangles
50. How Do I Live 1997 LeAnn Rimes
51. Baby, I Love Your Way 1976 Peter Frampton
52. Hero 2001 Enrique Iglesias
53. Roxanne 1978 Sting & The Police
54. Tell Me What You See 1965 The Beatles
55. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing 2002 Aerosmith
56. Here And Now 1989 Luther Vandross
57. Don’t Speak 1995 No Doubt
58. Crazy For You 1987 Madonna
59. Stop To Love 1986 Luther Vandross
60. Total Eclipse Of The Heart 1983 Bonnie Tyler
61. How Deep Is Your Love 1978 The Bee Gees
62. Heartbreak Hotel 1956 Elvis Presley
63. I’ll Follow The Sun 1964 The Beatles
64. Open Arms 1982 Journey
65. Breathe 1999 Faith Hill
66. You’re The One That I Want 1978 John Travolta w/ Olivia Newton-John
67. Happy Together 1967 The Turtles
68. I’ll Stand By You 1994 The Pretenders
69. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers 1979 Barbra Streisand w/ Neil Diamond
70. All Out Of Love 1980 Air Supply
71. Secret Garden 1995 Bruce Springsteen
72. We Belong 1985 Pat Benatar
73. Un-break My Heart 1996 Toni Braxton
74. I Will 1968 The Beatles
75. You’re In My Heart 1978 Rod Stewart
76. This I Promise You 2000 NSYNC
77. Unforgettable 1991 Natalie Cole f/ Nat King Cole
78. I’ll Be There For You 1989 Bon Jovi
79. Girl 1965 The Beatles
80. All Cried Out 1986 Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam w/ Full Force
81. Iris 1998 Goo Goo Dolls
82. More Than A Feeling 1976 Boston
83. By Your Side 2000 Sade
84. If I Fell 1964 The Beatles
85. Love Will Keep Us Together 1975 Captain & Tennille
86. Never Tear Us Apart 1988 INXS
87. I Feel For You 1984 Chaka Khan
88. Alone 1987 Heart
89. I Can’t Make You Love Me 1991 Bonnie Raitt
90. Woman 1981 John Lennon
91. Here There And Everywhere 1966 The Beatles
92. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life 1973 Stevie Wonder
93. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You 1991 Bryan Adams
94. You’re Still The One 1997 Shania Twain
95. You Are So Beautiful 1975 Joe Cocker
96. Always On My Mind 1982 Willie Nelson
97. Because You Loved Me 1996 Celine Dion
98. Melt With You 1983 Modern English
99. Save The Best For Last 1991 Vanessa Williams
100. Words Of Love 1964 The Beatles

DWTS (Season 14) — Week 1

Dancing with the Stars (U.S. Season 14)

Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 14) started and I made some predictions in yesterday’s post. Let’s see how I did.

*There was a tornado watch/warning in the area and the local TV station decided to track the storm than let me watch the last 30 minutes of the show. So part of my selection process is going on what I have read on wikipedia.com, Twitter and Facebook.

Best pair of the night:

From what I was able to watch William Levy and Cheryl Burke did really good and besides that William Levy — HUBBA HUBBA!

William Levy and Cheryl Burke

But by the scores, I saw that Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas and Jaleel White and Kym Johnson did the best, tied for first with the score of 26. I’m going to have to wait to see their dances on next week’s show.

Whoa, they really need to go home:

I picked that Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani might be the first pair to go home and they were one of three teams on the bottom. The other two pairs were Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff.

Martina and Tony need another week and then they can be voted off. Gavin DeGraw is so darn cute! I love the hat. He needs to stay for another week.

Not sure if it was just me or what, but Maks seemed to be biting his tongue during judging and when the scores were revealed. It looks like his still has his “attitude” from last season’s show. And Melissa Gilbert seems to take to his defense real quick. She was leaning on him so… uggh! She’s old enough to be his mother!

So can you guess who I think needs to be the first pair voted off?? I don’t care if Maks’ feeling get hurt or if DWTS is “his” show!

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Surprise of the week:

Since I didn’t see Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus, Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas and Jaleel White and Kym Johnson dance, I will have to say the biggest surprise was Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy.

Sherri was so funny, especially when she apologized to all those other stars when she made fun of them on “The View.” And Val, he’s cute too! They need to be on the show for a couple of more weeks.

Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy

Best songs of the night: There were two songs that I liked from tonight’s show:

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (2011) —Kelly Clarkson

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1967) —Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell



Side Note:

Here links to the Stars of Season 14

AMERICAN MASTERS Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

The other night I was watching the PBS special AMERICAN MASTERS Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On. I have always been a Marvin Gaye fan, but after watching that special, I realized there was much more behind the man then the songs he sang.

Marvin Gaye

AMERICAN MASTERS Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

“Marvin Gaye”
by David Ritz

When Marvin Gaye died in 1984, he left behind one of the great legacies in American music. More than a superb vocalist and subtle composer, he was a visionary who expressed the tenor of his times. Both radical and romantic, a self-taught singer with a flair for autobiographical revelation, he thrived on confession and loved candor. Marvin had the unique talent of turning the listener into a confidante, of making you feel his immediate presence. His aura combined spiritual and sensual essences. In his music, the combination worked wonders; in his personal life, the two strains clashed. He succeeded in translating his contradictions into complex and beautiful music.

As I watching the special, I was trying to think of my favorite Marvin Gaye song? I have always loved “I Heard It Through the Grapevine“. But then there are the duets with Tammi Terrell, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “You’re All I Need to Get By“, that I also love. Then there are the songs from the 70’s, “What’s Going On”, “Let’s Get It On” and “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)“.

In the early 1980s, “Sexual Healing“. I remember the video of that song and I was entranced by it. I even had the album.

Then there was his emotional performance of The Star-Spangled Banner (click to view YouTube video) at the NBA All-Star Game. Probably one of the best versions I have ever seen and heard.

So you can see it is hard for me to pick just one of Marvin Gaye’s songs as my favorite. But here is one of my favorites of Marvin Gaye, it with Tammi Terrell: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

And coming in 2010 Sexual Healing staring Jesse L. Martin.

A look at the last years of Marvin Gaye’s life, from his parting ways with Motown and self-imposed exile to Europe, to his relationship with Freddy Cousaert, the promoter who guided the singer through the recording of his biggest-selling album, Midnight Love

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