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August 16, 2018



‘Respect’ on the Atlantic label

gave Aretha Franklin a UK Top 10 in 67.

This song also making the US No.1 slot

for this singer who’s voice was just heaven.


‘Baby I Love You’ came next

and then ‘Chain Of Fools’ and ‘Satisfaction’.

‘Since You’ve Been Gone’  followed on,

and ‘Think’ got a Top 30 re-action.


‘I Say A Little Prayer For You’,

also in 68, made a UK No.4.

‘Don’t Play That Song’ and ‘Spanish Harlem’

coming next with a Top 20 score.


In 73, ‘Angel’ made the UK Top 40,

and ‘Until You Come Back To Me

(That’s what I’m Gonna Do)’  –

Aretha’s last hit on Atlantic  – proved to be.


Switching to Arista in 80, then came

‘What A Fool Believes’ and ‘Love All The Hurt Away’

followed by ‘Jump to it’ and ‘Get It Right’,

then ‘Freeway Of Love’  the next UK chart stay.


‘Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves’

with The Eurythmics in 85 made No.9 on RCA,

then ‘Who’s Zoomin Who’ and ‘Another Night’

before ‘Freeway Of Love’ – another chart visit did pay.


At No.1 in 87, on Epic with George Michael –

came ‘I Knew You Were Waiting ( For Me)’,

and also in 87 on Arista –

Aretha gave us the song ‘Jimmy Lee’.


‘Through The Storm’ with Elton John came next,

then ‘It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be’

with Whitney Houston,  making a UK No.29,

before ‘Think’ made another chart plea.


In 91 came ‘Everyday People’,  and then

‘A Deeper Love’ and ‘Willing To  Forgive’  in 94,

and in 98  ‘A Rose Is Still A Rose’ made a UK No.22,

followed by ‘Here We Go Again’,  from this Star we adore.


RIP  Aretha Franklin     1942 -2018

(The Queen of Soul & Inspiration)

Thank You For The Music 



Written by

Harriet Blackbury



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