River Deep, Mountain High (1966) (1996)

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By: Ike And Tina Turner.

Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee) is often called "The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll".  She has sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history.

"River Deep, Mountain High" was one of the first songs that Ike And Tina Turner did for Phil Spector's Philles Records.

Spector was aware of Ike Turner's controlling attitude in the studio, so their contract stipulated that the song would be credited to "Ike And Tina Turner", on one condition: Ike was not allowed in the studio. Only Tina Turner would be featured on record.

It was agreed to, and Spector began recording the LP, which cost $22,000, with 2 dozen session musicians and background vocalists.

When the single and album were finally released, the public did not 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 at #88 on the pop charts, causing Spector to shut the label down.

George Harrison of the Beatles said that "River Deep, Mountain High" was "a perfect record from start to finish".

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at #33 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Chart position: #88 (US), #3 (UK).

Written by:
Jeff Barry (born Joel Adelberg April 3, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York,) Ellie Greenwich (born Eleanor Louise Greenwich October 23, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) and Phil Spector.

The husband-and-wife team of Barry and Greenwich were one of the most successful songwriting duos of the 1960s, writing/co-writing such songs as "Then He Kissed Me", "Da Doo Ron Ron", "Baby I Love You", "Be My Baby", "Chapel Of Love", "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", "Hanky Panky", "I Can Hear Music", "Leader of the Pack", "Maybe I Know", "Montego Bay" and more.

Barry, Greenwich and Spector each had ideas for songs, which they combined to form "River Deep, Mountain High". It was created specifically for Tina Turner to sing.

Also by: Céline Dion. She performed a live version on the Late Show with David Letterman in 1994. In 1995, Phil Spector agreed to produce a version for her, but the sessions were a disaster, and nothing from those sessions have been released.  Dion eventually recorded it for her extremely successful 1996 album Falling Into You.

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