THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
258-McFadden & Whitehead-Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now.
1979-Number 5 single.
Best Bit-At 0.18.Their name may sound like a firm of accountants but they were actually one of the top songwriting partnerships at Philadelphia International Records.
Gene McFadden(January 28,1949-January 27,2006) met John Whitehead(July 10,1948-May 11,2004) when they were both teenagers.The first band they formed together was called the ‘Epsilons’ a Soul Music group who toured with Otis Redding until his death in 1967.
Soon after they signed with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philadelphia record label(see also best songs 896-725-648-604 and 322) writing songs for the labels top artists such as The O’Jays(Backstabbers) and Harold Melvin(Wake Up Everybody.)
It is said that they became frustrated at not being able to perform their own songs and the lyrics are a direct response to the labels owners Gamble and Huff who wanted to give this song to The O’Jays.
The song may have been inspired by their own personnel experience but has down the years become an anthem for anyone looking forward to a challenge.
‘There’s been so many things that’s held us down,but now it looks like things are finally comin’ round.’
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