Jackie Wilson - HIGHER AND HIGHER

First performance: 24/03/1977


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 20 times . He first soundchecked the song on 22/07/1975 (Geneva Theatre, New York City, NY ) . But the arrangement of (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher is different to later concert versions.
 
 
 
 
1977-03-25 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
 
1977-05-13 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ (late) (Asbury Park All-Star Revue)
The gigs were originally scheduled as a standard Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes gig. However Southside became ill and couldn’t perform so Steven Van Zandt came to the rescue by organizing The Asbury Park All-Star Revue - a combination of The Asbury Jukes, The E Street Band, Ronnie Spector and Springsteen.
 
1977-12-31 - CAPITOL THEATRE, PASSAIC, NJ (Southside Johnny)
 
1981-09-05 - PERKINS PALACE, PASADENA, CA (The Pretenders) 
Bruce guests a show of the Pretenders. Presented as : "We wanna bring on a friend of ours....he´s a bit more successful than we are and a lot richer than we are and if we had his money, we´d have a band as big as he´s got....´cause we´re very poor....Bruce Springsteen´...."
 
 
2009-10-29 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert)
Bruce and the E Street Band headline the first night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concerts. Played with with Sam Moore, John Fogerty, Darlene Love, Patti, Tom Morello, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne and Peter Wolf.
 
2009-11-02 - VERIZON CENTER, WASHINGTON, DC
 
2009-11-03 - TIME WARNER CABLE ARENA, CHARLOTTE, NC
 
with Elvis Costello, Richard Blackwell, Curt Ramm, and horns
 
2009-11-08 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
Performed during the legendary entirely river show

2009-11-10 - QUICKEN LOANS ARENA, CLEVELAND, OH
 
2009-11-13 - THE PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS, AUBURN HILLS, MI
 
2009-11-15 - BRADLEY CENTER, MILWAUKEE, WI
 
2009-11-18 - SOMMET CENTER, NASHVILLE, TN
 
2009-11-20 - 1ST MARINER ARENA, BALTIMORE, MD
 
A live version of the song was released on the live album HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY, 11/22/09. This was the last show where Clarence performed with the band before his death.
 
2010-01-23 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Ranney School Benefit)
 
 
Springsteen makes a (somewhat) surprise appearance at the 2015 Light Of Day "main event" charity concert. Performed with La Bamba's Big Band and Friends (including Southside Johnny
 

Songinfo

"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" is an R&B song written by Gary Jackson, Carl Smith, R. Miner, and Raynard Miner, and produced by Carl Davis. It was originally performed and made a Top 10 Pop, number one R&B hit by Jackie Wilson in 1967. Initially recorded by The Dells for the label, but not released. The Dells' version appeared on their album, "There Is" for Chess subsidiary, Cadet the same year. Another writer, Gary Jackson, made some changes to the song and pitched it to Davis at Brunswick. When the singer recorded his vocal track, Davis recalls, Wilson originally sang the song "like a soul ballad. I said that's totally wrong. You have to jump and go with the percussion... If he didn't want to sing it that way, I would put my voice on the record and sell millions." After hearing Davis's advice, Wilson cut the lead vocal for "Higher and Higher" in a single take. 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Your love, lifting me higher
Than I've ever been lifted before
So keep it it up
Quench my desire
And I'll be at your side, forever more

You know your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)
Higher (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on (love keeps lifting me)
Lifting me (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)

Now once I was down hearted
Disappointment was my closest friend
But then you came and it soon departed
And you know he never
Showed his face again

That's why
You know your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)
Higher (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on (love keeps lifting me)
Lifting me (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)

[Instrumental Interlude]

I'm so glad, I've finally found you
Yes, that one, in a million girl
And now with my loving arms around you
Honey, I can stand up and face the world

You know your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)
Higher (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on (love keeps lifting me)
Lifting me (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)

Now sock it me