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"Back in the High Life Again" is a 1986 single written by Steve Winwood and Will Jennings and performed by Winwood.[1] The single was included on his album Back in the High Life and included backing vocals by James Taylor as well as a prominent mandolin played by Winwood. "Back in the High Life Again" was Winwood's second number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. The single stayed at number one for three weeks and went to number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] "Back in the High Life Again" received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year in 1988.

"Back in the High Life Again"
Backinthehighlifeagain.jpg
Cover art for UK and non-US editions
Single by Steve Winwood
from the album Back in the High Life
ReleasedDecember 1986
RecordedUnique Recording Studio
New York, 1985
GenreR&B, blue-eyed soul, pop
Length5:35 (Album Version)
4:20 (Single Version)
LabelIslandIS 303
Songwriter(s)Steve Winwood
Will Jennings
Producer(s)Russ Titelman
Steve Winwood singles chronology
"Freedom Overspill"
(1986)
"Back in the High Life Again"
(1986)
"The Finer Things"
(1986)

Contents

Track listingEdit

7": Island / IS 303 United Kingdom

  1. "Back in the High Life Again" - 4:20
  2. "Help Me Angel" - 5:06

7": Island / 7-28472 United States

  1. "Back in the High Life Again" - 4:09
  2. "Night Train" (Instrumental) - 4:10

12": Island / 12 IS 303 United Kingdom

  1. "Back in the High Life Again" - 4:20
  2. "Night Train" (Instrumental) - 4:08
  3. "Help Me Angel" - 5:06

12": Island / PRO-A-2620 United States

  1. "Back in the High Life Again" - 4:20
  2. "Back in the High Life Again" - 5:33
  • Promo

PersonnelEdit

In popular cultureEdit

The song was in closing credits of the CBS Sports coverage of the NBA Finals in 1987,[4] and appeared in the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "The Gang Buys a Boat". It was also used in a photo montage of the NASCAR on TNN production crew after TNN's final NASCAR race broadcast, the 2000 Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.[5]

Warren Zevon subsequently covered the song on his 2000 album Life'll Kill Ya. The Zevon version appeared in season 6, episode 6 of Longmire entitled "No Greater Character Endorsement."

ChartsEdit

Chart (1987) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 53
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 13

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Steve Winwood". Billboard.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 262.
  3. ^ Jimmy Bralower: Web Exclusive | Modern Drummer Magazine
  4. ^ 1987 NBA Finals on YouTube
  5. ^ 2000 Checker Auto Parts 500 – Part 13/13 (Closing) (montage starts at the 7:10 mark)
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "Steve Winwood Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 26, 2019.

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