Ah, to be young, gifted and black. And of course, a legend.
Choosing to honor ONE song by the undisputed Queen Of Soul, and winner of an astounding 20 Grammy Awards – Miss Aretha Franklin – is clearly not the easiest job in the world y’all.
With almost 6 decades worth of classics to choose from, I usually have a different Aretha fave everyday. The usual suspects? 1998’s ‘A Rose Is Still A Rose‘, 1967’s ‘I’ve Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)‘, 1985’s ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who?‘, 1970’s ‘Call Me‘, and of course, her version of Dionne Warwick’s million-selling classic, and today’s Throwback Tuesday song of the week – ‘I Say A Little Prayer For You‘.
Included in the 1968 album ‘Aretha Now‘, Aretha’s version of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David written song was initially released as a b-side to the single ‘The House That Jack Built‘, and became a bona fide smash – peaking at # 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at # 4 on the UK Top 40 Singles Chart – her biggest hit there until she zoomed up to # 1 (on both sides of the Atlantic) with ‘I Knew You Were Waiting For Me‘, a duet with George Michael in 1986.
As much as I love Dionne Warwick’s voice, as well as Diana King’s reggae infused remake of the song for the Julia Roberts starrer ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding‘ – Aretha’s soul-drenched version annihilates approximately EVERYTHING.
That voice y’all, that voice.
Time and again, this song has been massively therapeutic for me – with its easy-listening vibe just about calming a frayed nerve or two.
If you haven’t heard this version yet, your knowledge about music is actually 50% less than what you think it is.
Check out the masterpiece right here :