Keep on Pushing
|Keep On Pushing|
|Studio album by The Impressions|
|The Impressions chronology|
Keep On Pushing is an album by American soul music group The Impressions, released in 1964. It was the biggest album of their career, reaching the top ten on the Billboard Pop Album chart. It produced five Pop and R&B top 40 hit singles, two of which, ("Amen" and the title track), hit the Billboard pop top ten, and a third of which, "Talking About My Baby", came close, peaking at #12.
All songs written by Curtis Mayfield, except where noted.
- "Keep On Pushing"
- "I've Been Trying"
- "I Ain't Supposed To"
- "Dedicate My Song to You"
- "Long, Long Winter"
- "Somebody Help Me"
- "Amen" (Mayfield, Johnny Pate)
- "I Thank Heaven"
- "Talking About My Baby"
- "Don't Let It Hide"
- "I Love You (Yeah)"
- "I Made a Mistake"
- "Amen" as the "Theme from Lillies Of The Field" soundtrack is credited to Jerry Goldsmith  who is the original composer of this soundtrack. The liner notes of 1996 CD reissue of "Keep On Pushing" album credit this song to Jester Hairston who actually was the original performer of this song in the soundtrack.
- The same source lists Alice Beard as the co-writer of "Dedicate My Song to You".
- Keep On Pushing was the Impressions' biggest album ever, reaching the top ten on both the Billboard Pop and R&B album charts. Its songs have inspired numerous cover versions by other artists, such as the following:
- "I've Been Trying": Jerry Butler, The Bar-Kays, Archie Bell & The Drells, Phil Collins, Jewel, Pat Kelly, The Heptones, The Hour Glass, The Blues Brothers, and Eric Clapton.
- "I Made a Mistake": Bob Marley & The Wailers.
- "Amen": Numerous artists.
- "Talking About My Baby": Cliff Bennett, Chuck Bernard, The Doc Thomas Group and Bob Marley & The Wailers (as "Diamond Baby").
- "Long, Long Winter": Bob Marley & The Wailers.
USA - Album
USA - Singles
|1964||Keep On Pushing||Pop Singles||10|
|1964||Talking About My Baby||Pop Singles||12|
|1965||I've Been Trying||Black Singles||35|
|1965||Long, Long Winter||Black Singles||35|
- "Keep On Pushing" was used as the theme to the renowned 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address by then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama, who endorsed U.S. Senator John Kerry for President.
- The album is also particularly noted for its cover: a photo of the Impressions, Curtis, Sam and Fred, "pushing" the rear end of a Jaguar XKE.
- The album cover is visible between Bob Dylan and Sally Grossman on the Bob Dylan album Bringing It All Back Home.
Credits: The Impressions
- Curtis Mayfield - lead vocals, principal songwriter, producer
- Fred Cash - lead and backing vocals
- Sam Gooden - lead and backing vocals
- Orchestra arranged by Johnny Pate.