Whitney Kygo Higher Love

COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Higher Love’

The song, “Higher Love”, was originally recorded in 1986 by Stevie Winwood

“Higher Love” is a song written and recorded by British singer Stevie Winwood (b.1948) for his 1986 album “Back In The High Life”, along with writer Will Jennings (later to compose “My Heart Will Go On”) and the legendary Chaka Khan on backing vocals. It was released as the lead single from the album and topped the US and Canadian singles chart, his first number one ‘across the water’, as well as topping the US Mainstream Rock chart for four weeks. The single performed well throughout the rest of the world, with the exception of his home country, the United Kingdom, where it stalled at No.13. The album would go on to sell over three million copies in America, one of two million-plus sellers for Winwood in the 1980’s there.

In 1990, singer Whitney Houston (1964-2012) recorded a version of the song for her third studio album “I’m Your Baby Tonight”, although this was only to see the light of day on the Japanese edition of the album as well as being performed by Houston during the supporting tour there. In 2019, Norwegian producer Kygo (real name Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll) remixed the song and released it as a single. It became a huge hit across the globe, reaching No.2 on the US Dance chart and No.63 on the singles chart as well as attaining a top ten placing across much of Europe including the UK, where the song became Houston’s first top ten hit since “Million Dollar Bill” ten years earlier and also charting higher than Winwood’s original.

But which is best? STEVIE WINWOOD’s original or WHITNEY and KYGO’s new version?

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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