These two got Jackie Wilson to record the song, but it had by that time already been recorded by The Dells.
Writing credit on Wilson's release showed Smith and Jackson; this led them to be sued by Miner and Davis and these were awarded 80% of the credits. Bumble announced in "Oliver Twist" that, "The law is an ass…" and right he might well have been, for The Dells' song, "Higher and Higher" (now titled "(You're Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher" for some reason, as these words do not appear in the lyrics), is very different to the Jackie Wilson version, with only minor lyrical and melodic similarities: an inspiration, perhaps, but little more. Elvis's recording was an informal one, made on a household tape-recorder and never intended for release.
This list only includes numbers that were recorded by someone before Elvis's own version: it does include numbers that Elvis recorded first.
He died on 21 January 1984 at the Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, New Jersey. The story goes that Raynard Miner and Billy Davis wrote a song called "Higher and Higher" and that this song was stolen from Miner's briefcase by Gary Jackson and Carl Smith.
Elvis also recorded Dorsey's "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." Elvis's version of "Peace In The Valley," however, owes more to Red Foley's 1951 version.
Elvis included this number in his performance on the third Ed Sullivan show in which he starred, in January 1957.
See when recorded and by whom, with interesting historical data. This is the original site of information about original versions of numbers recorded by Elvis Presley, which I began in about 1995.
Other sites have copied it, some have translated it, but this site is the one that is best maintained.