Didja know it was on this day March 8th 1966 Tina Turner recorded her vocal on the Phil Spector produced ‘River Deep Mountain High’. It went on to make No.3 in the UK but only No.88 on the US chart. Spector was well aware of Ike Turner’s controlling attitude in the studio, and therefore he drafted an unusual contract: Ike Turner was paid $20,000 to stay away from the studio, and have nothing to do with the recording process! A huge concession for Ike! but it was $20,000 and Ike needed the money, so Ike signed the agreement with one stipulation: No matter what, “River Deep, Mountain High” would be credited to Ike and Tuna Turner, even though Ike would make no contribution to the recording and wouldn’t come anywhere near the studio! Only Tina Turner’s vocals would be used on the record. Ike Turner can be found nowhere on this incredible recording! Session musicians who played on the track included Leon Russell (keyboards), Glen Campbell (guitar), and Hal Blaine (drums).
There is a “Money can’t buy me Love” joke in here somewhere, but we’ll leave that up to you dear reader.
Meanwhile, if you’d like to read more about Ike and Tina, here’s a link to an article we wrote back in October, 2017
But, before you go, enjoy “Phil and Tina’s” Triumphant “River Deep, Mountain High”