Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

Album: McFadden And Whitehead (1979)
Charted: 5 13
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  • Ain't No Stoppin Us Now!
    We're on the move!
    Ain't No Stoppin Us Now!
    We've got the groove!

    There's been so many things that's held us down
    But now it looks like things are finally comin' around
    I know we've got, a long long way to go
    And where we'll end up, I don't know

    But we won't let nothin' hold us back
    We're putting our selves together
    We're polishing up our act!
    If you felt we've been held down before

    I know you'll refuse to be held down anymore!
    Don't you let nothing, nothing
    Stand in your way!
    I want ya'll to listen, listen

    To every word I say, every word I say!
    Ain't No Stoppin Us Now!
    We're on the move!
    Ain't No Stoppin Us Now!

    We've got the groove!
    Ain't No Stoppin Us Now!
    We're on the move!
    Ain't No Stoppin Us Now!

    We've got the groove!
    I know you know someone that has a negative vow
    And if you're trying to make it they only push you aside
    They really don't have, no where to go

    Ask them where they're going, they don't know
    But we won't let nothin' hold us back
    We're gonna put our selves together
    We're gonna polish up our act!

    And if you've ever been held down before
    I know you'll refuse to be held down anymore!
    Don't you let nothing, nothing
    Stand in your way!

    I want ya'll to listen, listen
    To every word I say, every word I say!
    Ain't No Stoppin Us Now!
    We're on the move!

    Ain't No Stoppin Us Now!
    We've got the groove!
    Ain't No Stoppin Us Now!
    We're on the move!

    Ain't No Stoppin Us Now!
    We've got the groove!Writer/s: JERRY ALLEN COHEN, GENE MCFADDEN, JOHN WHITEHEAD
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Royalty Network
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Comments: 12

  • Lisa from Philadelphia, PaI was the police dispatcher that handled the shooting of Whitehead, and I still remember that day. He was working on his car at his house when he was approached and shot...it was mistaken identity.
  • Bruce from San Jose, Calif.MY high school graduation was in 1979...this was one of the songs they played at the graduation ceremony...There wasn’t anyone stopping us now that we graduated and were set loose on the world! (Smile)
  • Melvin from Miami FloridaYour information is incorrect, this this song originally appeared on at LTD album this second album togetherness. But for some reason you cannot find a record of this I had the album I know
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 23rd 1979, McFadden and Whitehead performed "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Two months earlier on April 22nd it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #80; and on July 15th it peaked at #13 (for 2 weeks) and spent 18 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on May 27th it reached #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    The duo composed the O'Jays' "Back Stabbers"; and on September 3rd, 1972 it peaked at #1 (for 1 week) on the R&B chart...
    Sadly, both gentlemen have passed away; Gene McFadden (1948 - 2006) and John Whitehead (1948 - 2004)...
    May they both R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyJust wondering if there's any connection in the fact that this song peaked at #13 and it was the only record by McFadden & Whitehead to make the Top 100!!!
  • Tom from Souderton, PaI had the pleasure of working a little bit with Jerry Cohen in the early 1980's. He carried an electronic keyboard with him that was in a black music case. He had layed it down as you would if you were going to open the case. Using stencils, he carefully painted his name JERRY COHEN on the side of the case. Unfortunatly, he did it from the same side as you would when you open the case. What that means is when he carried the keyboard, his name was upside down. (P.S., no lie, this song came on the radio as I wrote this)
  • John from Nashville, TnThis song and the Jones Girls "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else" were the last two million-sellers on Gamble and Huff's legendary Philadelphia International Records label.
  • Jeff from Liverpool, Englandthis song was also a hit in 1988 for a relatively unknown singer called steve walsh who also had a hit with a cover of the fatback bands 1984 hit 'i found lovin'
  • Doug from Oakland, CaThis song,a huge disco hit,was also a metaphor for what the authors hoped would be a resurgence of the old civil rights movement.
    It was also sampled in Jocko Henderson's rap song,Rhythm Talk from 1982.
  • Jack from Philadelphia, PaMcFadden & Whitehead recorded a modified version of this song for the 1980 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies. They also did a version for the Philadelphia 76ers, who used it as a promotional song during the 1999-2000 season.
  • John-martin from Silver Creek, MsMcFadden died this year (2006) after suffering from cancer in Philadephia, PA. He was 56-years old. - John, Silver Creek, MS
  • Reed Coss from Los Angeles, CaI've heard that the lyrics to this song were written in the back of a limo on the way to the recording studio. Apparently, the duo had put the task off and instead partied the previous night. In a hangover-ridden writing frenzy, either McFadden or Whitehead (or both) completed the lyrics in the car, arrived at the studio and laid the song down. I have no idea if this is true, but, damn, I hope it is.
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