"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" was written by Gary Jackson, Raynard Miner, and Carl Smith and recorded by "Mr. Excitement," Jackie Wilson, in 1967. Wilson originally had done the song as a soul ballad, but Carl Davis, the producer, told him that was totally wrong and to jump and go with the drums. Taking the advice, Wilson completed the song in one take. The song reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart, as well as #2 in Canada.