Up in Heah

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"Up In Heah"
German picture sleeve
Single by Ike & Tina Turner
B-side"Doo Wah Ditty (Got To Get Ta)"
ReleasedFebruary 1972
RecordedDecember 1971
StudioBolic Sound (Inglewood, CA)
GenreR&B, Soul music
LabelUnited Artists Records
Songwriter(s)Tina Turner, Leon Ware
Producer(s)Gerhard Augustin
Ike & Tina Turner singles chronology
"I'm Yours (Use Me Anyway You Wanna)"
"Up In Heah"
"Feel Good"

"Up In Heah" is a song written by Tina Turner and Leon Ware. It was released as a single by R&B duo Ike & Tina Turner on United Artists Records in 1972.

Background and release[]

After a period which Ike & Tina Turner recorded mostly cover songs, Tina Turner began honing her writing skills in the early 1970s with the establishment of the duo's Bolic Sound recording studio. She wrote nine out of the ten songs on the 1972 album Feel Good.[1] "Up In Heah," penned by Tina Turner and Leon Ware, was recorded at Bolic Sound in December 1971. It was arranged by Ike Turner and produced by Gerhard Augustin.[2] The B-side, "Doo Wah Ditty (Got To Get Ta)," was written by Ike & Tina Turner's road manager Rhonda Graam.

The single was released as a non-album track in February 1972. It reached No. 83 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at No. 47 on the R&B chart.[3][4]

"Up In Heah" was reissued on the compilation albums Proud Mary: The Best of Ike & Tina Turner (1991) and The Ike & Tina Turner Story: 1960–1975 (2007).

Critical reception[]

Cash Box (February 12, 1972): "Pair has the PA circuit constantly screaming for more, but have been looking for the super follow-up to 'Proud Mary.' Here 'tis: Top 40's and r&b's, get it while it's sizzlin'."[5]

Record World (February 12, 1972): "Tina herself wrote this song of sin and redemption and sings it with characteristic fervor. Dig Ike's incredible bass vocal."[6]

Track listing[]

1."Up In Heah"Tina Turner, Leon Ware3:03
2."Doo Wah Ditty (Got To Get Ta)"Rhonda Graam2:40

Chart performance[]

Chart (1972) Peak
Canada (RPM Weekly)[7] 82
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 83
US Billboard Soul Singles[4] 47
US Cash Box Top 100[8] 70
US Cash Box R&B Top 60[9] 36
US Record World R&B Singles[10] 36


  1. ^ "Album Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. July 15, 1972.
  2. ^ "Ike & Tina Turner – Up In Heah / Doo Wah Ditty (Got To Get Ta)". Discogs.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b "Hot 100" (PDF). Billboard. March 18, 1972.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b "Best Selling Soul Singles" (PDF). Billboard: 32. April 1, 1972.
  5. ^ "Singles Reviews - Pick of the Week" (PDF). Cash Box: 18. February 12, 1972.
  6. ^ "Hit of the Week" (PDF). Record World: 1. February 12, 1972.
  7. ^ "RPM Weekly - RPM 100 Singles (March 18, 1972)". Library and Archives Canada.
  8. ^ "Cash Box Top 100" (PDF). Cash Box. March 11, 1972.
  9. ^ "R&B Top 60" (PDF). Cash Box: 32. March 18, 1972.
  10. ^ "The R&B Singles Chart" (PDF). Record World: 32. April 15, 1972.
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