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

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

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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.

The Temptations vs The Four Tops

The Temptations vs The Four Tops… battle of the best band from Motown.

I might have blogged about this before, but I was surfing YouTube and I came across this video again.



I had the chance to see these two bands at Pine Knob (DTE Music) in Clarkson , Michigan. All I can remember of the show was that everyone was standing you, singing and dancing to all of the songs that they sang. It was an amazing sight to see.

If I had to pick , out of these two group, ot would be hard. Both groups have great songs. Both groups have moves that I would love to have.

Hmmm. tough decision to make… right now, at this moment, I would have to pick…

How can you pick a favorite with songs like this:

The Temptations:

The Four Tops:

Too hard to pick a favorite with a list of songs like that.

Four Tops’ Levi Stubbs dead at 72

The Four Tops (including Levi Stubbs, seated left) pictured in the mid-60s
The Four Tops (including Levi Stubbs, seated left) pictured in the mid-60’s.

Four Tops’ Levi Stubbs dead at 72

I read this afternoon that The Four Tops’ Levi Stubbs died today in Detroit.

Levi Stubbs, who died yesterday aged 72, was one of the most distinguished soul singers of his generation and, as lead singer with the Four Tops, a pioneer of the Motown sound that dominated the pop charts in the 1960s.

One of the best concerts I ever saw was a version of battle-of-the-bands between The Four Tops and The Temptations on the same stage. Seeing those two Motown greats together was amazing.

Then there was Stubbs who provided the voice for Audrey II the man-eating plant in the film “Little Shop of Horrors.” One of my favorite part of the movies is when Audrey II says “Feed me, Seymour!” (Click link to see the video).

I have always been a big fan of The Four Tops, I have several of their songs on my iPod. The classics like “It’s the Same Old Song“, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)“, “Keeper of the Castle”, “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got)“, “Bernadette” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There“.

The Four Tops song that always brings a tear to my eye is “I Believe in You and Me“. And yes, this song is on my fantasy wedding dance list. 🙂 And if you really need a good cry, you need to watch the video of when The Four Tops performed an emotional version of the song on their 50th anniversary special, which aired on PBSAretha Franklin and the wheelchair-bound Levi Stubbs who came out for the song to raucous cheers and applause from the audience and was overcome by emotion over the applause he received. which featured (Video)

Another one of my favorite songs by The Four Tops was 1988’s “Indestructible“. It was in the movie Alien Nation.

It is sad that a lot of the greats in music, movies and TV are passing away, they will missed for what they did and what they left behind for us to watch and listen to. All I know is that there is a little more Motown in Heaven today!

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