Two for Tuesday: Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin spent 25 weeks in the Top Ten during my high school days, with five songs. Strangely, none of those songs reached #1.

“Spanish Harlem” was a hit for her in August 1971. It spent six weeks in the top ten, peaking at #2.

“Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” also spent six weeks in the top ten, starting in February 1974. It peaked at #3.

Back in March 2013, I dedicated the month to people who share my birthday, March 25, and Ms. Franklin is one of them. You can see what I talked about there.

Aretha Franklin, your Two for Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

18 thoughts on “Two for Tuesday: Aretha Franklin

    1. Really? I was actually surprised “Until You Come Back To Me” came out as late as it did. It sounded more like her late 60’s songs.


  1. I was never an Aretha fan–just don’t care for that style of singing–but unlike Birgit I enjoyed her version of “Nessum Dorma”. Hearing her sing that gave me a different perspective and new respect for her singing.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    1. I hadn’t heard any version of “Nessun Dorma,” not being a big opera guy. Kudos to her for trying, and the version I listened to was pretty fantastic.


  2. Hi John – she is an amazing singer – I loved her songs and still do – so thanks for posting these … cheers Hilary


  3. She is such a great singer and among the greats of all time great singers barring her horrible rendition years back of Nessum Dorma when Pavoratti couldn’t be there:)


    1. You and Arlee had me curious, so I gave it a listen. Really, it’s not that bad, but certainly not her style. Still, you have to give her points for trying.


    1. That version of “Think” is just a touch too fast for my tastes, but I love Matt “Guitar” Murphy’s reaction at the end, and Lou Marini’s sax playing on the counter.

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