1967: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough By Marvin Gaye And Tammi Terrell

Composed by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. The song was written prior to the composers joining Motown. Dusty Springfield wanted to record the song but Nickolas and Valerie declined. As Valerie Simpson later recalled “We played that song for Dusty but wouldn’t give it to her because we wanted to hold it back. We felt it could be our entry to Motown. Nick called it the golden egg”. The Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Genres: Pop, R&B, Soul.

Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jnr) was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He helped to shape the sound of Motown music in the 1960’s. He died from gunshot injuries in 1984, aged 44 years. The person who shot him was his father, Marvin Gay Snr. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. Marvin Gaye’s ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.

Tammi Terrell (born Thomasina Winifred Montgomery) was an American singer who recorded many songs for the Motown record label, mostly as a duet with Marvin Gaye. She died of a brain tumour in 1970, aged 24. Her funeral was held at the Janes Methodist Church in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA. At the funeral, Marvin Gaye delivered a final eulogy while You’re All I Need to Get By (a song recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967) was playing. Tammi Terrell is buried at the Mount Lawn Cemetery in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA.

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Chart History (1967)Peak Position
USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart19
USA Billboard R&B / Hip-Hop Songs Chart3
Chart History (2013)Peak Position
United Kingdom80