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Quiz about Song by Song River Deep  Mountain High
Quiz about Song by Song River Deep  Mountain High

Song by Song: "River Deep - Mountain High" Quiz


Learn more about this soulful hit, which is considered to be one of the greatest songs of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

A multiple-choice quiz by skylarb. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
skylarb
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
405,681
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
206
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 129 (6/10), Guest 70 (10/10), Guest 74 (3/10).
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1. What record producer, who was eventually convicted of murder, considered "River Deep - Mountain High" to be his best work? Hint

Babyface
Brian Wilson
Jeff Lynne
Phil Spector

2. Tina Turner's 1966 "River Deep - Mountain High" was a duet with Ike Turner.

True
False

3. Which two Motown groups, one all-female and one all-male, paired up to release a version of "River Deep - Mountain High" in 1970? Hint

The Pointer Sisters and the Go-Go's
The Supremes and The Four Tops
The OJ's and the Impressions
The Shirelles and The Jackson Five

4. What English rock band recorded a ten-minute, progressive rock version of this song for their 1968 album "The Book of Taliesyn"? Hint

Led Zeppelin
The Rolling Stones
Van Halen
Deep Purple

5. What Canadian powerhouse singer covered this song for her 1996 album "Falling into You"? Hint

CÚline Dion
Shania Twain
Adele
Alanis Morrissette

6. The recording of this song was dramatized in what 1993 Tina Turner biographical film? Hint

I Still Believe
I Saw the Light
Straight Outta Compton
What's Love Got to Do With It

7. When the narrator of "River Deep - Mountain High" was a little girl, what did she have? Hint

A pair of roller skates
A rag doll
An abusive father
A big, sweet lollipop

8. "Yeah, river deep, mountain high, yeah, yeah, yeah / If I lost you, would I" do what? Hint

wave goodbye
die
cry
fly

9. "I love you, baby, like a flower loves the spring / And I can love you, baby, like a robin loves to ___" what?

Answer: (One Word)
10. "When you were a young boy, did you have a ____ / That always followed you around?" What word is missing from this blank? Hint

girlfriend
problem
little sister
puppy


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What record producer, who was eventually convicted of murder, considered "River Deep - Mountain High" to be his best work?

Answer: Phil Spector

In his book "He's a Rebel," Mark Ribowsky notes that Phil Spector considered this song to be his best work. The producer was known for developing "the Wall of Sound" production style. Spector died in 2021, in prison, where he was serving a sentence for the murder of the actress Lana Clarkson.

He worked with Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, the Ronettes, and the Righteous Brothers, among others.
2. Tina Turner's 1966 "River Deep - Mountain High" was a duet with Ike Turner.

Answer: False

Ike insisted the single be credited to Ike & Tina Turner, but Phil Spector only wanted to use Tina as the singer on it. According to Rolling Stone magazine, "he forbade Ike from even coming to the sessions."

Spector had to pay thousands of dollars to have Ike & Tina Turner released from their record contract before he could sign them with his own Philles Records. The song is included on the album "Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner."
3. Which two Motown groups, one all-female and one all-male, paired up to release a version of "River Deep - Mountain High" in 1970?

Answer: The Supremes and The Four Tops

This cover, pairing the female Motown group The Supremes with the male Motown group The Four Tops, was included on the 1970 LP "The Magnificent 7." When released as a single, it hit number 14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number seven on the soul music chart. Produced by Ashford and Simpson, the single had "Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music" on the B-side.
4. What English rock band recorded a ten-minute, progressive rock version of this song for their 1968 album "The Book of Taliesyn"?

Answer: Deep Purple

A shortened version of Deep Purple's cover was released as a single in the U.S., where it peaked at 53 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Eric Burdon & The Animals also recorded a blues rock version of "River Deep - Mountain High" in 1968.
5. What Canadian powerhouse singer covered this song for her 1996 album "Falling into You"?

Answer: CÚline Dion

Jim Steinman produced the Dion version of the song after Phil Spector abandoned the effort. Dion's 1995 album "Live in Paris" includes her live, concert version of the Ike & Tina Turner hit. "Falling into You," which contained the song, hit number 1 on the Canadian Top Albums chart.
6. The recording of this song was dramatized in what 1993 Tina Turner biographical film?

Answer: What's Love Got to Do With It

Laurence Fishburne plays Ike Turner and Angela Bassett plays Tina Turner in the film. The film was adapted from Tina Turner's autobiography, "I, Tina," which she co-wrote with Kurt Loder.

Rolling Stone magazine reported that when recording "River Deep - Mountain High," Tina Turner had to sing the song so many times that she became drenched in sweat. "I had to take my shirt off and stand there in my bra to sing," she told the magazine.
7. When the narrator of "River Deep - Mountain High" was a little girl, what did she have?

Answer: A rag doll

The song begins:

"When I was a little girl, I had a rag doll
Only doll I've ever owned
Now I love you just the way I loved that rag doll
But only now, my love has grown."

"River Deep - Mountain High" was written by Phil Spector along with song writing partners Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. The couple wrote several famous songs together. Jeff Barry also wrote "Sugar, Sugar" with Andy Kim, which became a hit for the Archies.
8. "Yeah, river deep, mountain high, yeah, yeah, yeah / If I lost you, would I" do what?

Answer: cry

The single, which was released in May of 1966, only reached 88 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, but it was number one on the Spanish Top 40 chart, number three on the U.K. singles chart, and in the Top 20 on singles charts in the Netherlands, Australia, and Ireland. In 2021, Tina Turner became a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
9. "I love you, baby, like a flower loves the spring / And I can love you, baby, like a robin loves to ___" what?

Answer: sing

The song continues:

"And I love you, baby, like a schoolboy loves his pie
And I love you, baby, river deep, mountain high."


In 1999, "River Deep - Mountain High" was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It made Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of all Time" (at number 33) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of the "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll."
10. "When you were a young boy, did you have a ____ / That always followed you around?" What word is missing from this blank?

Answer: puppy

Born Anna Mae Bullock, Tina Turner kicked off her career in 1957 with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm. Together, they formed a duo, which produced a series of hit songs including "Proud Mary." The duo broke up in 1976 and Tina Turner went on to become a highly successful solo performer.
Source: Author skylarb

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