Song of the Day: Aretha Franklin, “I Say A Little Prayer” #rmf

I wanted to share this, first because it’s a great song by a great singer, but also because 49Metal, who shared this to YouTube, calls it "her very best performance!" I watched it, and that is no exaggeration. "I Say A Little Prayer" was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and first released as a single by Dionne Warwick in 1967, when it climbed to #4 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the R&B chart. The next year, The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, released as a single as well. Her cover went to #1 on the Hot 100, #3 on the R&B chart, and was certified Gold by RIAA. Aretha’s vocal range and just the sheer energy she put into this performance converts it from a song to an emotional experience.

15 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Aretha Franklin, “I Say A Little Prayer” #rmf

  1. Aretha is tied as my favorite female singer. I always heard Warwick’s version more but I’ll be more than happy to hear Aretha sing anything.

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    1. Ever since I learned that Aretha and I shared a birthday, I’ve felt a kinship with her. She was never ashamed of her gospel roots, and you can hear that little bit of “church” in everything she sang. Who’s she tied with?

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      1. I love Aretha…she was who she was… My other is Janis Joplin…I had the Soul with Aretha and the blues/rock with Janis.

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  2. Loved it – took me right back to starting out in life … and don’t we need it today … have a good week – Hilary

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