Not to be confused with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. It has since become one of Tina Turner’s signature red River Street – The Kill Spectors – The Kill Spectors, and in 1999 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Tina Turner did for Phil Spector’s Philles Records. 22,000, and required 21 session musicians and 21 background vocalists. Due to Spector’s perfectionism in the studio, he made Turner sing the song over and over for several hours until he felt he had the perfect vocal take for the song. Turner recalled, “I must have sung that 500,000 times.
The recording of the song was later dramatized for Tina Turner’s biographical film, What’s Love Got to Do with It. The single entered the lower end of the Billboard 100 and stopped at number 88 on the pop charts. Later Rolling Stone was to put it at number 33 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. George Harrison praised the record, declaring it “a perfect record from start to finish.
Tina Turner version of the song was re-released the same year to a more receptive public, and since then, has gained the recognition Spector wanted from the record. A ten-minute version was recorded by Deep Purple for their 1968 album, The Book of Taliesyn. An edited version was released as a single in the United States and reached number 53 in early 1969 and number 42 on the Canadian RPM charts. In 1970, their post-Diana Ross era, The Supremes and the Four Tops released a version. Produced by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, the single was one of several recordings that paired the two Motown groups. Céline Dion covered the song on her 1996 album Falling Into You. She had previously performed the song in some of her concerts, as included in her live album Live à Paris, recorded in 1995.
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