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

It’s an honor to share a birthday with The Queen Of Soul, who would be celebrating her 79th today. Aretha Franklin is "ranked first among female vocalists with the most Billboard chart hits during the rock era (1955–2012) with a total of 88 according to Joel Whitburn’s Record Research," according to Wikipedia. Maybe my favorite of her recordings is her treatment of Bacharach/David’s "I Say A Little Prayer," which was released in 1968 as the B side to "The House That Jack Built." Radio stations started playing "Prayer" as interest in "Jack" waned, and reached #10 on the Hot 100, #3 on the R&B chart, #3 in The Netherlands, #4 in the UK, #7 in Belgium and #8 in Australia. 49Metal, who posted this to YouTube, calls it "her best performance, ever!" After hearing it, I agreed, and hope you will, too.

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

  1. Genius on the National Geographic channel is now showcasing Aretha Franklin. I like this series…the first was Einstein and the second was Picasso. I taped it so I hope to see it soon enough.


    1. Bacharach and David wrote some timeless music and so many fantastic singers have interpreted it over the years. I think Aretha did the best version of this one,


    1. Both of them. Did you see “Blues Brothers 2000”? Nowhere near as good as the original, but there were some good things, including a whole lot of blues musicians (BB King, Junior Wells, Anson Funderburgh, Charlie Musselwhite etc.)


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