Twenty-Five Miles

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"Twenty Five Miles"
Single by Edwin Starr
from the album 25 Miles
Released 1969
Recorded 1968
Length 3:17
Label Motown
Writer(s) Bert Berns, Jerry Ragovoy, Edwin Starr, Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua
Edwin Starr singles chronology
"Grits Ain't Grocery"
"Twenty-Five Miles"
"Oh How Happy"

"Twenty-Five Miles" is a song written by Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua, and Edwin Starr for Starr's second album, 25 Miles (1969). The song was considered sufficiently similar to "32 Miles out of Waycross" by Hoagy Lands (also recorded as "Mojo Mama" by both Wilson Pickett and Don Varner), written by Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy, that Berns and Ragovoy were eventually given co-writing credits.

The Jackson 5 recorded a cover version of "Twenty-Five Miles" in 1969, but it was not heard until its inclusion on the Motown compilation album The Original Soul of Michael Jackson in 1987, with Michael Jackson being given sole performer credit for the track. It was not the original recording, however, as it included drum machine overdubs.

Jackson's version of "Twenty-Five Miles" was released as a single in the US to promote The Original Soul of Michael Jackson. The single was backed by the song "Up on the Housetop".[1] The original recording of the song was included on the 2009 set Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection.

Starr's version was popular on the UK's Northern soul scene.[2] A shortened remix of this version was used as the theme song for NFL Network's coverage of the 2011 NFL scouting combine.[3]


  1. ^ Halstead, Craig; Chris Cadman (2003). Michael Jackson: The Solo Years. Authors OnLine. ISBN 0-7552-0091-8. 
  2. ^ "Northern soul". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  3. ^ 2011 NFL Scouting Combine. "".  External link in |title= (help);

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