i. “was he slow?” kid koala/ ii. bellbottoms the john spencer blues explosion/ iii. greased lightnin’ john travolta/ iv. last nite the strokes/ v. should i stay or should i go the clash/ vi. don’t stop me now queen/ vii. let’s go crazy prince/ viii. radar love golden earring/ ix. rich girl daryl hall & john oates/ x. ain’t no mountain high enough marvin gaye & tammi terrell/ xi. the devil went down to georgia the charlie daniels band/ xii. december, 1963 (oh what a night!) frankie valli & the four seasons/ xiii. a well respected man the kinks/ xiv. only the good die young billy joel/ xv. baby driver simon & garfunkel
On this day in music history: April 20, 1967 - “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell is released. Written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, it is the first single release for the Motown vocal duo. Newly signed as a solo artist to Motown in 1965, Tammi Terrell is paired with staff producers Johnny Bristol and Harvey Fuqua, who begin working with the young singer. Releasing a handful of non charting singles, nearly a year goes by without scoring a hit. In late 1966, fresh off of their success penning Ray Charles’ number R&B smash “Let’s Go Get Stoned”, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson are hired as staff songwriters at Motown. Among the songs the pair have already written is one titled “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. Having moved from his native North Carolina to New York City in the mid 60’s, the initial inspiration for the song comes from Ashford. Determined to make it in the big city, the lyrics are composed by him as personal affirmation to not give up no matter what. He and Valerie write the song, but hold on it, knowing that it is a potential hit and their ticket into Motown. Bristol and Fuqua love the song immediately and move to cut it on Tammi. The basic track is recorded at Motown Studio A on December 26, 1966 with The Funk Brothers providing musical support. Terrell records her vocals alone on January 6, 1967, with additional overdubs recorded on January 11 and 29, 1967. At one point, the producers decide the song needs something extra, a duet partner. Marvin Gaye is chosen to add his magic vocal touch and does so in short order on February 1, 1967. Finally released in April of 1967, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” takes off quickly, peaking at #3 for three weeks beginning on the Billboard R&B singles chart on July 1, 1967 and #19 on the Hot 100 on July 15, 1967. An instant classic, the record establishes Gaye and Terrell as Motown’s premier vocal duo and Ashford & Simpson as one of the top writing teams on the labels’ already prodigious roster. In time, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” becomes one of Motown’s most popular and frequently covered songs. Diana Ross will score her first solo chart topper in 1970 with a dramatically revamped version of the song produced by Ashford & Simpson. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s original recording of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is used in numerous films, television commercials, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999.
Marvin Gaye’s 11th studio album was released on 21 May 1971. It was the first album where Gaye was credited as producer of his own material, and the concept album, told from the point of view of a Vietnam War veteran, was an immediate critical and commercial success. The album, however, almost never happened.
By late 1967, Gaye was struggling with depression and despair after his singing partner Tammi Terrell had collapsed in his arms at a concert and was diagnosed with brain cancer (the 24-year-old Terrell died in April 1970). Gaye developed a cocaine habit, was having financial difficulty (including troubles with the IRS), and his marriage to Anna Gordy (the sister of Gaye’s boss, Berry Gordy) was in trouble, all of which resulted in a suicide attempt (Gaye was saved by his father-in-law).
After Terrell’s death, Gaye retreated from the music business and seriously considered playing professional football. The 31-year-old began working out with the Eastern Michigan University football team and had planned to tryout with the Detroit Lions before reconsidering and returning to music.
When Gaye’s younger brother, Frankie, returned from fighting in the Vietnam War, Marvin Gaye was profoundly moved by his brother’s experiences, which he related in long, emotional conversations and letters. “I didn’t know how to fight before, but now I think I do,” Marvin Gaye told his brother. “I just have to
do it my way. I’m not a painter. I’m not a poet. But I can do it with
Gaye entered the recording studio in June 1970 and recorded the title song “What’s Going On“ with Funk Brothers members Jack Ashford, Eddie Brown, and James Jamerson. Gaye proudly played the song for Berry Gordy, who called it "the worst thing I ever heard in my life.” Motown executive Harry Balk and sales exec Barney Ales released the single without Gordy’s knowledge and it became the fastest-selling single in Motown’s history. Gordy then agreed to let Gaye record the album.
What’s Going On peaked at #6 on the US Billboard charts, remained on the charts for more than a year, and by the end of 1972 it had become Motown’s best-selling album of all-time.
your song with your avenger boo (if you have anyone else in mind that you want with this, i might do a part 2)
Bucky:Stubborn Love by The Lumineers- After about a month of living at the compound, he began to explore the new world that he’d been viciously thrown into. The first thing he did in this new and crazy world was find you, and he felt that was all he needed to do. You put him in his place when he thought that he wasn’t good enough to be in your arms, or around the family he grew to love. So “Stubborn Love” became your song, eventually the both of you had lyrics from it etched onto your skin. You reminded him to keep his head up despite his past crushing down on him daily, and that ‘it was better to feel pain than nothing at all’. When the two of you finally made it to a Lumineers concert, it was no surprise that there were some tears shed whilst they played your sacred song.
Steve:Like Real People Do by Hozier- It was common for him to come home with complaints of people treating him like a specimen in a lab; something to study rather than a friend to listen to during battle. On your first mission with the team Steve quickly realized that you saw through the whole super soldier thing, and you saw him as not only a human being, but a leader. Quickly after that the two of you hit it off, and listening to music together became a thing that you bonded over more than anything else. When he came across “Like Real People Do” by Hozier, he was almost sobbing at how much it reminded him of you. Considering you both had a tumultuous past, and he felt that you pulled him from the “ground”. The love he had for you was out of this world, and you wouldn’t want to be with any other Soldier in the universe.
Natasha:Say I Do by Jonny P- Every day she struggled with everyone having the same misconception that she was a hardass bitch, and that she didn’t have the ability to love anything or anyone. But little did anyone know, you were receiving her love day in and day out. Very few people (You, Steve, Bucky, Clint and maybe Sam) truly knew her lovable side, and how she talked about marrying you every single day. When asked about you, Nat would simply explain that it felt like the whole room lit up when you walked in. One day she texted you out of the blue with a link to a song by Jonny P attached, and when you opened it your heart nearly burst. Still, she managed to surprise you by proposing that night, and “Say I Do” was the first song that the two of you danced to at your wedding.
Sam:Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell- When the two of you first got together, it was at a bar on karaoke night. You were singing Tammi’s part, and Sam sauntered onto the small, shoddy stage to help you sing the duet. Once you joined the team and started going on missions, it became obvious to everyone around you that Ain’t No Mountain High Enough explained your relationship fairly eloquently. Both of you would swim across the ocean if it mean saving one another. Even if it was something as simple as you wanting a beer while visiting another state, Sam would drop everything he was doing and fly one to you. Having a boo like Sam was like no other, and you enjoyed making the team sick to their stomachs with your PDA.
Peter:Taro by alt-J-Being that you’re both fairly young, and still exploring the whole entire world while on missions with the team, it’s hard to pinpoint a song that described exactly your relationship. However, both of you bonded over whatever new and obscure music was out, and what small concerts you could attend without being recognized. It all started when you were hanging out in his room, looking at all the small things he’d collected over the years while he fixed a new computer that he found. When you came across a poster for a band that you had never heard of, and Peter played some of their songs through a small speaker in the corner of the room as he carried on fixing the beat up computer. Soon enough the two of you went to an Alt-J concert, and you fell even deeper in love with Peter for getting you into their songs.
Bruce: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley- You’d been friends with Bruce for what felt like your whole life, even before the whole entire Hulk thing changed his life. When you stayed and convinced him he was worth love despite everything that had happened to him, it was like a switch flicked on inside of him and he began to see you in a different light. The change wasn’t just in him, but you also felt a shift in the way you saw him. Falling in love wasn’t easy for Bruce with all the shit going on in his mind, but he was certain that he wanted to be in love with you. When the two of you finally officially got together, the first thing you did was share a dance to the Elvis classic. Being with him just felt right, and you couldn’t help falling more in love with his sweet soul.
Clint:I Just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder- Most of the time you guys were either in the same room, or he texted that he was going on a quick mission. But you knew when you saw his name come up on the caller I.D., it wasn’t good. He knew when missions were going to go bad, so he would dial your number and pray you’d answer. At first he did it when the two of you split up for about a month, and when you got the call from him just saying that he loved you with explosions in the background it scared you half to death. You couldn’t sleep until he was home safe in your arms. When the two of you got married, it only got worse. But, these calls only made the day of his return that much sweeter, and you kissed him until you felt like your lips could fall off.