Charts, Graphs, and Other Random Stuff Based On Song Titles and Lyrics
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“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was written by prolific Motown duo Ashford & Simpson and originally recorded as a duet by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (although Terrell’s nerves prevented them from actually recording the song together; Gaye’s portion was added to hers later on). This version of the song reached #19.
Ashford & Simpson convinced Diana Ross to record the song as a solo, even though she had already done it as part of a Supremes/Temptations team-up. Motown chief Berry Gordy was not initially fond of the 6-minute drastic departure, but was eventually persuaded to release a shorter version of the recording, which promptly went to #1.